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Legal status

The white-tailed eagle is afforded the highest degree of legal protection under the Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. 

It is an offence to intentionally take, injure or kill a white-tailed eagle or to take, damage or destroy its nest, eggs or young. It is also an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb the birds close to their nest during the breeding season. Violation of the law can attract fines up to £5,000 per offence and/or a prison sentence of up to six months. 

The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 widens this protection and provides additional protection for white-tailed eagles and their nests.