As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Trial of laser beams to scare sea eagles from lambs

5 January 2018

Shining laser beams onto hillsides could be used as a method of scaring white-tailed sea eagles away from flocks of sheep.

The technology is to be trialled in Argyll, an area where crofters and farmers have had issues with the raptors preying on lambs.

Scottish Natural Heritage said the trial would be "carefully monitored".

Argyll and Lochaber Sea Eagle Stakeholder Group's David Colthart said a contractor would carry out the work.

Lasers, which will be shone onto the hills and not directly at birds, are among potential new ways of deterring sea eagles from stocks of sheep, being considered by Scottish Natural heritage (SNH), and outlined by the agency last year.
'Serious concerns'

Farmer and stakeholder group chairman David Colthart told BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie programme that not all sea eagles were a problem.

However, he said some juvenile birds did prey on lambs.

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