JAHAMA Highland Estates work tirelessly to provide a thriving habitat for wildlife across over 114,000 acres of land located in the Scottish Highlands. Working closely with the groundbreaking South of Scotland Golden Eagle project, the estate has provided two healthy golden eagle chicks to help boost the population in the South of Scotland.
After a detailed assessment, licensing application and public consultation, the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project will take young birds from nests in the Highlands and release them in the south – a technique that has been used successfully throughout the world with other birds of prey. Suitable nests are identified by local workers, the landowners are contacted and, if they are happy, plans are hatched to collect the birds.
Two such nests were found in 2018 on JAHAMA Highland Estates land in the Scottish Highlands and, when asked, the Estates were delighted to do their bit for eagle conservation. So, in the middle of June, two chicks made their first journey not by flying as they might have expected but in an all-terrain vehicle and then by car – by that evening both were settled safely in their temporary aviaries in the south and eating well as if nothing had happened.
The birds lived in their new accommodation for a few weeks before being released and have been fitted with satellite transmitters so they can be followed every step (or flap) of their way.
Since their release Beaky and Edward, the two chicks, made it through their first winter and are still doing extremely well. They have both travelled far from their release site and are finding their own food and fending for themselves.
We wish Beaky and Edward well in their new home and hope they can one day contribute their own chicks to a growing population in the South of Scotland.
JAHAMA Highland Estates is continuing to work with the South of Scotland Eagle Project across all three of our estates, exploring opportunities for the potential relocation of other eagle chicks.