Back 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!