The Laser beams could deter the sea eagles

Iain Erskine/RSPB Scotland

Shining laser beams on sides could be used as a method of scaring white-tailed sea eagles away from the flocks of sheep.

The technology is being tested in Argyll, an area where small farmers and the farmers have had problems with the raptors prey on lambs.

The Scottish Natural Heritage stated that the trial would be “carefully monitored”.

Argyll and Lochaber Sea Eagle Stakeholder Group David Colthart said a contractor carry out the work.

Lasers, which will be shone on the hills, and not directly to birds, are among potential new ways to prevent the sea eagles from stocks of sheep, which is reviewed by Scottish Natural heritage (SNH), and defined by the agency last year.
“Of serious concern”

A farmer and a stakeholders group chairman, David Colthart told BBC Radio Scotland’s John Beattie programme that all the sea eagles have been a problem.

He indicated, however, that some juvenile birds do not prey on the lambs.

He said that if the laser test was a success it could be rolled out under license in other areas where the eagles have been the cause of the problems.

Ross Lilley, SNH’s Sea Eagle Project officer, said that “serious concerns” of some of the farmers and the small farmers about the impact of sea eagles on the livestock had been recognized.

He said: “At this stage, none of the trials on the laser bird control deterrents for the sea eagles have been undertaken.

“They are in the process of examination with the other options. Carefully controlled testing will be essential to ensure that lasers are a safe and effective method before you go away.”

The sea eagles are the UK’s largest bird of prey and one of its most protected species.