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Sea eagle to make a come back

PUBLISHED: 10:56 15 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 05 July 2010

NATURAL England have restarted a campaign to re introduce the white-tailed sea eagle into the East Anglian coast.

I am very much against this practice.

NATURAL England have restarted a campaign to re introduce the white-tailed sea eagle into the East Anglian coast.

I am very much against this practice.

When red kites were part of an introduction programme the birds soon returned to the continent and never returned. Birds do move and if the habitat is not suitable they will just not breed.

The eagle is increasing on the continent and I am sure with patience they may re-colonise themselves.

The coastal strip in East Anglia is a very important breeding habitat for the marsh harrier, avocet and great bittern. The money would be better spent in protecting those birds that enjoy the sites we have to offer.

What would the eagles feed on? I am sure that if the great bittern was prey there would be a public outcry.

What about the erosion of places like Benacre Broad and Dingle Marshes, at Dunwich. The money could be spent saving the coastline from the sea. Then all outdoor lovers and not just the birdwatchers will benefit.

I understand public meetings will be taking place to "sell" the idea to the general public.

If anyone has any positive or negative comments about the re introduction then you can email Natural England at eagles@naturalengland.or.uk or or visit http://www.gobirding.eu/Photos/WhitetailedEagle.php for a professional comment and more details.

COLIN JACOBS

Lowestoft

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