Ringing of Golden Eagles at Fairhead

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Location

Fairhead

Year

circa 1960

Source

Format

16mm

black and white

Length

03min 10sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, UTV

Rights Holder

UTV

Description

Conservationists descend a sheer cliff face to the nest of Northern Ireland’s last breeding pair of Golden Eagles.

These news rushes take us to a rocky headland at the north-eastern corner of County Antrim. Watch as conservationists descend the cliff by rope to reach a nest of elusive Golden Eagles. Dangerous as it looks, the mission is important. Golden Eagles were widely killed in the past, which caused serious decline both in their numbers and range. The species last bred in Northern Ireland in 1960, at Fair Head. The last of their kind are captured in this film before, it’s believed, they were shot by a farmer. 

 

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This material is courtesy of the UTV Archive.

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