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Union Seeks Views from Farmers and Crofters on White-Tailed (Sea) Eagles

Union’s survey goes live ahead of 18 September deadline for applications to management scheme

NFUS is seeking up to date views from farmers and crofters on the impact that White-tailed (Sea) Eagles may be having on their businesses and their livelihoods.

Those farmers and crofters impacted by White-tailed eagles are asked to complete the NFUS survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8NTL2DN  The deadline for responses is 7 September.



The Union survey is being undertaken on the back of a review of the work carried out under the existing White-tailed Eagle Action Plan.  The review, being undertaken by NatureScot (formerly SNH), will look at the information gathered and lessons learned to date to help inform the direction of the action plan for the next three to five years.  NFUS is using its survey to help inform its response to NatureScot.

The Union is also taking the opportunity to remind members that the deadline for annual applications to the Sea Eagle Management Scheme is 18 September.

The Union’s Environment and Land Use Committee Chair Angus MacFadyen, a hill farmer near Oban said: “Since their reintroduction, there has been a growing impact of the birds on sheep flocks in the west coast, including Skye, with many farmers and crofters experiencing significant year-on-year losses to WTEs, particularly in areas where there is a lack of alternative prey.  This survey will give us a vital up-to-date snapshot of what impact the birds may be having on the businesses and livelihoods of those affected. We know, for some, serious agricultural damage is occurring.

“Review of the existing action plan presents an opportunity to ensure it is fit for purpose for the next three to five years and information gathered through our survey will help inform our response to the NatureScot review.  Our survey not only looks at the impacts but asks for views on scheme management, structure and future funding.

“Farmers and crofters experiencing sea eagle impacts on their livestock are reminded of the opportunity to join the management scheme, which offers support for adapting livestock management and for trialling prevention measures.  We remind those affected that the deadline for annual applications is 18 September.

“NFUS remains committed through the collaborative approach with Scottish Government, NatureScot and other stakeholders to find practical solutions to the management of White-tailed Eagles and we will share with them the results of our survey.”

Notes to Editors


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Contact Bob Carruth on 07788 927675

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 112/20


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