The ERW Project - Bringing back our lost eagles!
The Eagle Reintroduction Wales project is a community-research project investigating the potential of bringing back our lost eagle species to soaring the skies of modern Wales. We are exploring options for the Golden Eagle Eryr euriad (Aquila chrysaetos) and the White-tailed Eagle Eryr y mor (Haliaeetus albicilla).
Eagles have been extinct as a breeding species in Wales for over 150 years, and over this duration the modern welsh landscape has changed significantly from the historic landscape eagles once were familiar with. In order to get the ball rolling on a potential reintroduction for both or either species, we first need to assess if the current welsh landscape can still hold sustainable Golden and White-tailed Eagle populations. When we have targeted suitable and available habitat for both species in Wales, we will then be able to launch full feasibility studies.
Reintroduction programmes in the UK are not an easy or quick process. You cannot just click your fingers and release any animal into the UK. Reintroduction programmes are usually a strict, highly regulated, licencing process. In the case of species reintroduction’s to Wales, the statutory conservation organisation responsible for issuing licencing is Natural Resources Wales (NRW). These licencing applications need to be filled full of information about:
The Ecological Feasibility - can reintroduced eagle populations biologically survive in modern Wales?
The environmental feasibility - can the modern welsh landscape still hold two restored eagle populations?
Social & Political feasibility - will restoring eagles fit into the modern community structure and ethics in Wales?
The Economic feasibility - the costs and benefits of restoring eagles in Wales?
The Risk Assessments - advantages and disadvantages of bringing eagles back to Wales?