Legislation has been laid before the Scottish Parliament which makes changes to two of the schedules to the Wildlife and Countryside (Scotland) Act 1981.
This means that from 16 March 2013 there is now increased protection for the Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier and Red Kite.
The golden eagle joins the white-tailed eagle on Schedule A1. These are the birds which enjoy the highest level of protection and the nests habitually used by these birds are protected at all times even outside breeding season.
In addition, the golden eagle, hen harrier and red kite are added to Schedule 1A. These are birds which are protected from harassment. Until now only the white-tailed eagle enjoyed this protection.
For a copy of the legislation see