Midlothian vets help eagle project soar

Dick vet clinician Jo Hedley carries out a health check on the eagle chick.
Dick vet clinician Jo Hedley carries out a health check on the eagle chick.

Midlothian vets have been offering their expertise to a unique programme to reintroduce white-tailed eagles to the east of Scotland.

RSPB Scotland has been working closely with staff from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, based at Easter Bush, since the project was established in 2007.

This summer Jo Hedley, a veterinary surgeon from the Exotic Animal and Wildlife Service, in the Dick Vet Small Animal Practice, confirmed that a white-tailed eagle chick born and fledged in Fife was in good health.

Two eagles, released in 2009, successfully reared the male chick in Forestry Commission woodland in Fife.

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