Eagles species could be reintroduced into the Welsh countryside following university research

Research taking place in Cardiff University could see the return of two lost eagles species into our Welsh countryside.

The Golden and White-tailed eagle were driven to extinction in Wales in the mid 1800s.

Researchers at Cardiff University are investigating whether the landscape in Wales has the potential to support their reintroduction as part of efforts across Europe to help the two eagle species.

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The university says European population of both eagle species is relatively small, and numbers are in further decline in many countries due to human persecution and loss of their habitat.

It also says that the reintroduction of the two species could bring both conservation and economic benefits to Wales through wildlife tourism.

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The project is in the very early stages of development, and a reintroduction is not likely to happen for some time. If our landscape research is positive, there will be a significant and strictly regulated licensing and consultation process before eagles are re-introduced, which would enable residents to have their concerns heard and addressed. However, if successful, the project could bring far-reaching benefits, helping to restore Wales’ diminished biodiversity, regenerating local economies, and aiding the conservation status of both the Golden and White-tailed eagle at a national and international level.

Sophie-lee Williams, Cardiff University