Ardnamurchan Eagle Watch Project: Scottish Golden Eagle Viewing in the Western Highlands


Now birdwatchers in Scotland can have a chance to see one of the country’s rarest birds with the aid of modern close circuit television technology. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in conjunction with Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre have launched this new venture to allow more people to watch the golden eagle in its true environment. Many people coming to highlands of Scotland want to see a golden eagle but these shy and retiring birds are not often on view for the passing tourist. All that has changed though with the setting up of this new scheme based around the wildlife centre at Glenmore on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. This new idea increases the chance of seeing these huge birds without disturbing the nesting and hunting birds.

Golden eagles have a massive wingspan, huge talons for gripping prey and a large hooked beak for tearing up their kills. This new visitor attraction allows nature lovers to view these birds up close at a secret feeding location. Clandestine cameras are trained on a red deer carcass in a suitable secret location. Golden eagles feed a lot on carrion and they do this at regular intervals. While this plan is not a guarantee of seeing what some people want to be Scotland’s national bird the chances of seeing this huge raptor are now greatly increased. There are now personnel on hand to assist visitors in their quest to see these predators in action. The attraction is hosted by RSPB Scotland at the award winning Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre. This centre also allows remote views of other wildlife and they even attract rare pine martens right down to roost in the centre building. The martens can sometimes be seen playing and snoozing in a den fitted with a hidden camera.

The golden eagle project comes after the success of the sea eagle viewing scheme on the nearby Island of Mull. That project has led to an unprecedented boom in wildlife tourism throughout Mull and has caused a considerable boost to the island’s economy. The RSPB and the Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre hope that their golden eagle scheme will take off in a similar way and that that the whole of Ardnamurchan peninsula will benefit from the project. The golden eagle has over the years become the logo of the local Ardnamurchan Tourist Association and watching real eagles soar over this remote headland can be a bit a uncertain at times. This new scheme may go far to allow visitors a close up view of these fantastic golden crested predators. The centre also has a display of information about golden eagles and their struggle to survive in Britain’s Wild West.