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RSPB maps the decline of British eagles

Golden eagle

A comprehensive study spanning 1,500 years shows how white-tailed and golden eagles were once found across Britain and Ireland, but populations plummeted as a result of human activity.

A research team from RSPB Scotland mapped the population of both eagles between 500 AD and the present day, by using historical records, scientific knowledge of the birds' ecology and even by looking for places with names that suggested they once were home to eagles.

By: Mark Brown, Edited by: Duncan Geere

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