Snowdonia, a name that has possibly derived from the term ‘abode/land of eagles’. The iconic Golden Eagle is one of the most impressive birds of prey in the world.
A sensitive yet extremely powerful apex predator which once graced the entire British countryside. As part of this project we hope to inspire and educate by using this species as a icon in the restoration of upland environments and where better to start the Snowdonia.
To re-introduce a species such as the Golden Eagle, a lot of work must be undertaken looking at habitat, food source and possible nesting sites. It is about the wider picture, habitat restoration that allows animals such as the mountain hare to thrive, forests supporting deer and the red squirrel and lowland coastal areas for breeding birds, all which would be prey for an apex predator. The Golden Eagle would also have a role to play in keeping predators such as the fox and badger down in population which is of benefit to all farmers grazing their cattle.
By working with stakeholders, Welsh government and of course the general public the introduction will be more than possible. It would bring additional tourism, enhance local communities and educate generations to come on the re generation of the British countryside, A living countryside for everyone.
The Golden eagle has been part of British heritage and culture from at least AD500. They covered low-land Britain all the way up to the far north of Scotland and thrived with an estimated 1500 pairs gracing the countryside. Along with progression of the human race and by the time the industrial revaluation populations had plummeted to around 300 pairs.
Persecution has always played a role along with habitat loss, these amazing apex predators disappeared from Wales in around 1850. The last pair were noted in northern wales secluded the craggy mountains of Snowdonia. With the disappearance of Eagles an unbalance in our eco systems has happened. Native wildlife has a huge role to play in managing the countryside. Without eagles we have lost our most natural dustman, clearing carrion and keeping disease at bay. They also play the role in keeping other predators at bay.
The Golden eagle is just one part of the jigsaw that we need to put together to restore our uplands. We believe that it is more than viable to release Golden Eagles back to Snowdonia, but careful planning and researching on the best possible sites for safety need to be surveyed. We would also look towards the techniques of supplementary feeding to give the birds a greater success for survival and breeding.