Plans to reintroduce sea eagles on coast

Plans to reintroduce sea eagles to Norfolk's coastline will be explained at a public meeting tomorrow.Anger erupted when Natural England, the RSPB and Anglian Water said they hoped to release the birds on a nature reserve near Hunstanton.

Plans to reintroduce sea eagles to Norfolk's coastline will be explained at a public meeting tomorrow.

Anger erupted when Natural England, the RSPB and Anglian Water said they hoped to release the birds on a nature reserve near Hunstanton.

Farmers feared the birds of prey, which have an 8ft wingspan, would carry off piglets, lambs and poultry. Bird lovers were divided, with some claiming the birds would bring tourists flocking to the coast, while others warned they would prey on rare species like bitterns and spoonbills.

More than a year after the plan was first announced, it remains unclear if, where and when the eagles might be released.


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Norfolk was originally chosen as a release location, prior to opposition from landowners and farmers. It was then switched to Suffolk, where the plan came under attack from the Country Land and Business Association. Now consultation has been extended, while the eagle lobby tries to find common ground with its opponents.

Tomorrow night Rob Lucking, the RSPB's area manager for The Wash, will be speaking to the West Norfolk branch of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

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“The talk will be entitled: Will the eagle be landing?” he said. “I'll be talking about the role of reintroductions as a conservation tool.

“I'll be going into details about the white-tailed eagle proposal, why we want to do it, how it's justified and then open it out into a discussion session.”

The meeting is being held at Hunstanton Methodist Church Hall, in Austin Street, tomorrow (7.30pm).

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