EARLIER this week the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project revealed that it successfully transported eight more golden eagle chicks from the Scottish Highlands, Perthshire, Angus and the Islands to a secret location in south Scotland this summer.

The eight new arrivals have now been named by a range of individuals, school children and organisations, including:

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Haworth - named after the raptor expert Paul Haworth, one of the Project’s founders who sadly died in 2018 shortly before the first translocation:

Talla – named after the Borders Forest Trust’s Talla & Gameshope estate in the Moffat hills, which is currently being rewilded:

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Maple - Celebrating the Project’s international connections, Maple’s name comes from Vancouver Waldorf School in Canada. The pupils visited the project as part of their own land management and conservation initiative earlier this year.

The school said “we thought about how beautiful it would be to name the eagle something that would reflect the environment here in Canada, so that a little bit of our landscape could soar over Scotland's in memory of our trip.”

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Emiel - named after a donor landowner’s young son who recently died from a rare form of Lymphoma:

Paradise - named by the children of Kilchattan Primary School on the Isle of Colonsay, after an area of the island where sea birds nest:

Spirit – a name chosen by primary school pupils within the Hawick catchment:

Supporters of the Moffat Eagle Festival have also named a number of eagles.