October 2, 2008

The bird, known as “flying barn doors” because of its size, could be reintroduced into Norfolk next summer if the scheme gets the go-ahead.

The government’s conservation agency Natural England, the RSPB and Anglian Water hope to bring back the species.

It was driven out of England more than 200 years ago and had disappeared from the UK by 1918.

The plans come after the sea eagle, also known as the white-tailed eagle, was brought back to west Scotland in a project that began in 1975.

There are now more than 40 breeding pairs in the area, with 34 chicks produced last year, and another scheme has begun in east Scotland.

Natural England’s chief scientist, Tom Tew, said returning the sea eagle to East Anglia would boost the local economy, put a top predator back in its natural place in the ecosystem and be


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