Golden eagle as Scotland’s national bird: petition hearing today

Fearnan2Back in November 2013, the golden eagle was voted the nation’s favourite wild animal by a landslide majority (see here).

Shortly afterwards, RSPB Scotland launched an on-line petition to have the golden eagle formally recognised as Scotland’s national bird (see here).

The petition (#PE01500) collected 1,836 signatures and was lodged with the Scottish Parliament on 7th December 2013 (see here).

Today, the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee will take evidence in support of the petition from RSPB Scotland and from wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan.

You can watch these proceedings live on Scottish Parliament TV at 09.30hrs by clicking this link.

For those of you unable to watch the live proceedings, we’ll add a link to the archive video when it becomes available (usually within 24 hours of being filmed). This archive video will be available to view for one month. Check back to this post later to find the link.

Photo: Golden eagle Fearnan before he left the safety of his nest. Found poisoned on a grouse moor before reaching his 3rd birthday and a week before this petition was submitted to parliament. Photo by Keith Brockie.

UPDATE 29th JANUARY 2014: See here to find out what happened during this hearing. Unbelievable!

4 Responses to “Golden eagle as Scotland’s national bird: petition hearing today”

  1. 1 Cigfran
    January 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    A whole 1836 people signed the petition! That just about sums the interest up. There’s five and a half million people in Scotland and over a million tourists annually; some apparently come to view the wildlife, so why the small number, surely not a general apathy. Realising one mans hobby is not anothers, why did so few vote? maybe eagles don’t count to some folk, their population has been stable for decades, despite persecution. It just appears a futile effort at raising concern over these birds, to seemingly deaf ears and plenty of them.

    • January 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      I totally agree with your above comments Cigfran – this petition clearly highlights a very small, limited population that is passionate about the Golden Eagle.
      However the million dollar question is how do we get more people interested/involved in raptor/general conservation issues?

    • 3 nirofo
      January 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      The question we should be asking is how many people actually knew there was an on-line petition, how many news rags was it advertised in, was it on local TV and radio stations etc.

      Without adequate publicity it was always unlikely that many of the general public would vote, it would be most interesting to know just how many of the 1836 who did vote were keen birders who were already in the know!

  2. January 28, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations to the RSPB for getting so many people to sign the petition in such a short time, taking into account that it was put out at such a busy period for many, leading up to the Christmas holiday season. Also, with so many other petitions out there these days asking for everybody’s time, it’s good to see that there was a healthy interest to not only put this particular bird firmly on the map, but also a chance to highlight the disturbing reality of criminal raptor persecution occurring today on and around shooting estates throughout our country.

    We at Project Raptor will certainly be working hard this year in the field to highlight the issue of raptor persecution and the attempt by some criminals to wipeout populations from certain areas of the countryside. It’s time for these criminals to be looking over their shoulders more and consider the fact that in the future their sickening activities will see them behind bars.

    PS. We are now on Twitter @projectraptor1

    Hope you don’t mind the plug Ed

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