SNH Commissioned Report 982 - Analyses of the fates of satellite tracked golden eagles in Scotland

Golden eagles in Scotland were satellite-tagged and tracked from 2004 to 2016. This report offers an in-depth review of the individual birds’ movements and fates. Reasons for the disappearance of tagged golden eagles are examined in full.

Contributing factors analysed include:

  • the impact of wind farms
  • natural mortality of tagged birds
  • tag reliability
  • effects of tagging on bird survival
  • illegal persecution

Illegal persecution is highlighted as a major reason why Scotland’s golden eagle population is artificially restricted. The report provides a population model for Scottish golden eagles in the absence of persecution.

Published: 2017
Pages: 285

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