On Thursday 1 December at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel, the Milverton and Fitzhead Society present an illustrated talk by Zoe Smith on the re-introduction of White-Tailed Eagles into Somerset.
The White-Tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) has been absent as a resident breeding bird in England for over 200 years. Like many birds of prey, the White-tailed Eagle suffered relentless persecution from the Middle Ages onwards.
The Last known pair in southern England bred on Culver Cliff in 1780 on the Isle of Wight.. All of the WTE’s released from the Isle of Wight have been fitted with satellite tags enabling us to monitor their movements with exploratory flights recorded as far as Denmark and Sweden, but also across the South West of England including Somerset.
We will also look at their habitat selection preferences, their diet which consists of a high percentage of birds, fish and mammals. Mortality which included powerline collisions, secondary poisoning and bird flu and we will look to the future of the project