Natural England grants permit for white-tailed eagle reintroduction

A wildlife licence to reintroduce white-tailed eagles on the Isle of Wight has been granted, 240 years after the birds were wiped out.

The licence to reintroduce Britain’s largest bird of prey was granted to The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England, who will undertake a joint five-year reintroduction programme on the island.

The birds, which can have a wingspan of up to 2.5m, were once widespread across the south of England, stretching from Cornwall to Kent until the eighteenth century when persecution lead to the birds being wiped out – the last known breeding place in the region was recorded at Culver Cliff on the Isle of Wight in 1780.

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