Golden Eagle pair spotted in Glenveagh National Park

It is with great delight that we have confirmed the presence of two golden eagles within Glenveagh National Park over the past few weeks. As part of the ongoing ecological monitoring efforts by our team of park Rangers, a young pair where recorded feeding on a deer carcass over multiple days in late January.  In an effort to return the park to a naturally cycling eco-system, (of which the eagles are an essential component) staff occasionally leave culled deer in remote locations and monitor the activity of scavenger wildlife species using motion activated video cameras.  In this instance the camera detected ravens, badgers, foxes and the parks only apex predator the Golden Eagle. The culling of deer in Glenveagh National Park is an essential part of habitat management that underpins our conservation efforts to restore native oak and birch woodland in Glenveagh. Reducing deer density in the park area also prevents runoff of sediment into fragile waterways and the spread of invasive species such as rhododendron. As the first golden eagles were reintroduced to Ireland in Glenveagh back in 2001 it is fantastic to confirm their continued presence nearly 20 years later and we hope that their 2020 breeding season is successful.

Should you wish to learn more about the work of our park staff you can log onto www.npws.ie , or to report your own Golden Eagle sighting, you can do so via the following link Golden Eagle Trust.