Buccleuch has informed the relevant authorities of a Golden Eagle, which was found this weekend on Queensberry Estate in Dumfries and Galloway.
On the afternoon of Saturday 11th February, during routine duties, a member of the gamekeeping team on Queensberry Estate spotted a Golden Eagle on the ground. On further inspection, the Eagle was found to be dead with no obvious signs of injury, and both the local police and the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project (SSGEP) were informed immediately. It is understood that the bird was an adult, wearing a monitor linked to the SSGEP.
Benny Higgins, executive chairman of Buccleuch said: “Buccleuch work closely with the SSGEP in the local area and we are extremely proud of our record in recent years of helping rebuild the population.
“The bird was removed from the site on Saturday and is being tested to understand the cause of death. Our team will continue to offer any assistance it can on this matter.”