Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos adult male sitting in heather, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Threats

Current evidence indicates that illegal persecution and low food availability in parts of western Scotland are the two main constraints on the Scottish golden eagle population.

Threats to golden eagles

A number of lines of evidence indicated that illegal persecution of eagles, principally associated with grouse moor management in the central and eastern Highlands, is the most severe constraint on Scottish golden eagles.

The highest national priority for the conservation and management of golden eagles in Scotland is to tackle persecution in those areas where it still persists.

A secondary national priority for restorative management is to promote greater availability of live prey in parts of the western Highlands, potentially through changes in the management of deer and sheep.