A wildlife group has warned that time is running out for Ireland’s population of golden eagles as their native Donegal has not got enough food to sustain them
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) spoke of the ‘critical’ situation and called on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys to act urgently.
They propose introducing a Burren-style farming scheme that could improve conditions in the uplands.
“Their loss would represent a huge blow to Donegal, not least from the tourism potential that these birds present,” said IWT campaigns officer Padraic Fogarty.
“Sadly the lack of any management plan for Glenveagh National Park or surrounding ‘special protection areas’, or any conservation measures to protect the eagles is now placing the future of golden eagles in Ireland at threat.”
Only two chicks were born in 2015 and neither survived more than a few weeks. Only one chick survived in 2014. In a Facebook post last month, the Golden Eagle said efforts must be made to focus on improving the habitat conditions of the uplands.
“The Golden Eagle Trust feel that the conditions of the Donegal Mountains can be improved, if there are appropriate management tools in place.
“It is human actions that have shaped the limited capacity of our hills and we also have the same ability to improve the hills of Donegal.”