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Sea eagle Management Scheme 2015

A new Scheme has now been introduced to continue support for livestock farmers and crofters experiencing impacts across the sea eagle breeding range.

Funding for this new Scheme has been substantially increased compared to the previous scheme which closed last year, and is another action implemented from the NFUS/SNH joint statement agreed last year.

The Sea Eagle Management Scheme will be managed by local stakeholder groups set up across the sea eagle range and administered, on their behalf, by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The stakeholder groups are represented on a national scheme panel comprising representatives from SNH, National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS), RSPB Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (SGRPID) and Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF). Initially stakeholder groups have been set up in Argyll & Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh, and Wester Ross. Other groups may be established where the demand arises.

The scheme will operate from 2015 to 2018 and will investigate all issues involving sea eagle impacts on livestock. It will also trial prevention measures where required and practical.

Support under the Scheme is available through:

  • Co-ordination of recording/ logging of sea eagle activity and flock management information at a farm/croft level
  • Provision of one-to-one advice from experienced contractors to land managers experiencing sea eagle impacts
  • Loan of equipment
  • Payments to land managers who undertake prevention measures as part of their livestock management, through long-term Management Agreements. Application form  PDF document for a Managment Agreement.

For further information on the scheme please see the Scheme Booklet  PDF document . Anyone who is experiencing sea eagle impacts and would like to participate in the Scheme should complete a 'Register of Interest' form  PDF document and return it to SNH Oban, or email it to Alternatively, they should contact their local SNH office.

SNH staff will arrange for someone to respond and investigate on behalf of the local stakeholder group. Scheme advisors will:

  • Investigate, as far as possible, what sea eagle activity is occurring in the vicinity of the farm
  • Help gather evidence of sea eagle impacts and the recording of any livestock losses due to sea eagles or other causes
  • Advise on measures to mitigate against sea eagle impacts
  • Arrange to loan equipment, where applicable, to use as deterrents or other mitigation
  • Make recommendations to SNH and the local stakeholder group on support for longer term management agreed with, and carried out by, the livestock manager.

Flock management and sea eagle incident log

In order to help local stakeholder groups monitor the incidents of sea eagle impacts within their area sheep farmers and crofters experiencing sea eagle impacts are encouraged to record details of their flock management and lamb losses throughout the year. This includes detailing any evidence of livestock predation encountered. A recording template  PDF document  is available.

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