Public asked to name Scotland’s new sea eagle chicks

A sea eagle chick. They were extinct in Scotland before 2007. Picture: Getty
A sea eagle chick. They were extinct in Scotland before 2007. Picture: Getty
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Members of the public are being invited to name two recently-hatched sea eagle chicks.

The two-month-old chicks, believed to be a male and a female, are being reared in a pine forest sweeping the shores of Loch Arkaig in the Highlands.

The rare birds, also known as white-tailed eagles, were once extinct in the UK but have been reintroduced and are breeding again in Scotland.

Charity the Woodland Trust has come up with the naming scheme as it continues a
fundraising campaign to buy the birds’ forest home.

It said Loch Arkaig Pine Forest is being sold by Forestry Commission Scotland under the national forest land scheme, which gives community organisations the chance to buy land where this will provide increased public value.

The Woodland Trust has partnered with Arkaig Community Forest, a small group of local residents who share “ambitious” plans for the 2,500-acre site.

The organisations are currently working to raise the £4.5 million needed to buy and restore the forest.

Woodland Trust Scotland director Carol Evans said: “We believe schemes like this point the way forward for the economic and ecological regeneration of large parts of the Highlands.”

The forest, one of the largest remaining fragments of the ancient Caledonian pinewood, is the ancestral home of the Clan Cameron. Rumours have persisted down the years of “Lochiel’s Gold”, a hidden cache of Jacobite treasure.