A golden eagle flies during in a traditional hunting festival of Kazakh berkutchis (eagle hunters) in Nura, 150 km from Almaty, on December 4, 2010. AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)

The population of an iconic bird of prey is poised to soar after a scheme to boost golden eagle numbers attracted £1.3 million in funding.
The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project attracted funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and plans to increase numbers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
The project involves RSPB Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Buccleuch and the Langholm Initiative, who have been working together for more than a decade.
There are now two to four pairs of golden eagles in the south of Scotland but a study has shown there is suitable habitat for between 10 and 16 breeding pairs.
Mark Oddy, chairman of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, said: “Golden eagles are arguably Scotland’s most iconic species and this programme will ensure more of us can see these magnificent birds across the south of Scotland’s skies.
“This venture is …
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