Eagle Reintroduction Wales (ERW) Project

by Sophie-lee Williams in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Eagle Reintroduction Wales (ERW) Project
We did it
On 2nd November 2020 we successfully raised £7,260 with 262 supporters in 48 days

We are raising funds to secure the ERW project and continue our pioneering work at Cardiff University during the pandemic.

by Sophie-lee Williams in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

The Eagle Reintroduction Wales (ERW) Project.

The Golden Eagle, known in Welsh as ‘Eryr Euriad’, and White-tailed Eagle, ‘Eryr y Môr’, was once widespread across Wales. Human persecution drove both species to extinction in Wales by the 19th Century. We strongly believe we have a moral duty to restore eagles as part of our native biodiversity, heritage and culture in Wales.

The ERW project launched the start of feasibility studies in 2017, in collaboration with Cardiff University, the Wildlife Trusts Wales and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation. Our main mission is to replicate the successful eagle reintroduction programmes that have taken place in Scotland, Ireland and England. But, before we restore any eagle species – it is important that wide-scale and considerate public and stakeholder engagement is included in any decisions moving forward in Wales.

The ERW project has an extensive team of advisors and received widespread support from International and National eagle experts. As a collaborative effort, we are using our research and knowledge to shape the best translocation methods fitting to environmental, socio-economical and conservation initiatives in Wales.

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Our Plans

Over the last three years, we have gathered a huge amount of information about Wales, including; the historic distribution of eagles, suitable eagle habitats, land use compatibilities, other birds of prey, and focused in on the Welsh landscapes best eagle habitats.

The Welsh landscape still holds an abundance of suitable habitats and nest sites to restore these iconic, cultural and charismatic species. We are now ready to launch the next phase of feasibility assessments to assess wide-scale public and stakeholder attitudes across Wales. This information is key to finalise and select the best areas of focus in Wales for the restoration of Golden Eagles and/or White-tailed Eagles.1600008086_figure_3_(a),_(b).jpg

The historic distribution of Golden and White-tailed Eagles records in Wales. 

Eagle Reintroduction Wales (ERW) Needs Your Help!

We need your help to raise funds to keep our Research Assistant (RA) in post at Cardiff University. We hope to reach a minimum target of £25,000 for a 6-month research position (£17,000) and research budget (£7,500). Our ultimate goal would be to raise £50,000 and secure a year's employment (£33,000) and research budget (£15,000). Donations, small or large, will be put to immediate use on the ERW project!

The more we raise the more secure our future will be during the pandemic to continue our pioneering work. We have not yet needed to ask for public support, but until government and conservation funds are back open – we need your help!

Your support will help us continue to gather crucial evidence about the feasibility of restoring eagles to Wales. Your support will enable our RA to initiate: -

  • Wide-spread public, community and stakeholder consultations.    
  • Habitat Risk Assessments (HRAs).
  • Comprehensive prey availability assessments.
  • The selection of the best release site for both eagles in Wales.
  • A project steering group to guide the next steps in this work.
  • The practical plans and methods leading to eagle restorations in Wales.

We are excited to take this project to the next stage, and your support would mean a lot to us. This project has the ability to bring great ecological and societal benefits to Wales - and you can be part of our journey.

Rewards

Any donation SMALL or BIG will help us achieve our goals! We understand this is a difficult time for many so if you are unable to contribute with a donation, sharing our Crowdfund with your friends or family is all you need to do!  

*NEW REWARD* To help us crowdfund Mountain Escapes has kindly donated a days experience for one lucky supporter and up to three friends. Would you be interested in a guided mountain day in Snowdonia? Learn more about basic navigation? Scramble over the legendary Crib Coch? Take on the North Ridge of Tryfan? OR just a visit to one of the quieter parts of Snowdonia National park? 

The first supporter that pledges a £200 donation will WIN and CHOOSE one of these amazing experiences for a day with fully qualified mountain leaders.

For access to rewards like our gift vouchers, ERW project ‘Thank you’ e-card or our Interim Report 2020; you must provide your full name for any pledged donation and email us at eaglereintroductionwales@outlook.com. 

As supporters or friends of the ERW project, we will use your details to contact you by email to say a big thank you and issue relevant rewards. Otherwise, your data is held securely and in adherence to the Data Protection Act. 

Business Support Opportunities 

As a high profile project, our public talks and media attention (e.g. ITV, BBC, Wales Online, Guardian etc.) provide a great chance to gain visibility and recognition for your support. Your support could gain firm recognition as a 'Bronze', 'Silver', 'Gold' or ‘Platinum’ supporter in our talks, meeting booklets and website. Who else are supporters? - Visit our Wall of Fame!

The following support opportunities are available: - 

  • A donation of £500 - recognition as a Bronze Supporter
  • A donation of £1,000 - recognition as a Silver Supporter
  •  A donation of £2,500 - recognition as a Gold Supporter
  • A donation of over £5,000 - recognition as a Platinum Supporter 

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Sophie-lee Williams; the founder and research assistant of the ERW project, holding one of our 'ambassador' Golden Eagles at Falconry Experience Wales. 

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Norwegian Eagle experts and the ERW team studying White-tailed Eagles in Norway. Picture credit - James Byrne. 

For more information about the Eagle Reintroduction Wales (ERW) Project and the work we do, please see our website or follow us!

Website: https://www.eaglereintroductionwales.com/

Facebook: @ERWProject

Twitter: @ERWproject 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£200 or more

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£200 Reward

A guided mountain day in Snowdonia for up to four people. Want to learn the basics of navigation? Scramble over the legendary Crob Coch? Take on the North Ridge of Tryfan? Or just a visit to one of the quieter parts of the National Park? A day with fully qualified mountain leaders could be organised for one lucky supporter and three friends.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A BIG thank you for believing in The Eagle Reintroduction Wales (ERW) project!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A shout out on the ERW projects Facebook and Twitter.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A shout out on the ERW projects website to say a big ‘Thank you!’ And a shout out on Facebook and Twitter.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

An Eagle Reintroduction Wales (ERW) project ‘Thank you’ e-card. A mention on the ERW projects website to say a big ‘Thank you!’ And a shout out on Facebook and Twitter.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A copy of the ERW projects Interim Report 2020. An Eagle Reintroduction Wales (ERW) project ‘Thank you’ e-card. A mention on the ERW projects website to say a big ‘Thank you!’ And a shout out on Facebook and Twitter.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Become a ‘BRONZE’ supporter of the ERW project and gain firm recognition as a bronze supporter in our talks, meeting booklets, reports and website.

£1,000 or more

£1000 Reward

Become a ‘SILVER’ supporter of the ERW project and gain firm recognition as a silver supporter in our talks, meeting booklets, reports and website

£2,500 or more

£2500 Reward

Become a ‘GOLD’ supporter of the ERW project and gain firm recognition as a Gold supporter in our talks, meeting booklets, reports and website.

£5,000 or more

£5000 Reward

Become a ‘PLATINUM’ supporter of the ERW project and gain firm recognition as a platinum supporter in our talks, meeting booklets, reports and website.

£30 or more

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£30 Reward

ONLY TWO REWARDS TO GIVE AWAY! Free adult entry to the National Botanic Garden of Wales and British Birds of Prey Centre and a 30-minute group flying falconry experience.

£120 or more

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£120 Reward

ONLY ONE REWARD AVAILABLE! A 3-hour personal flying falconry experience for you and a friend with our team at Falconry Experience Wales.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

ONLY ONE REWARD AVAILABLE! A £200 gift voucher towards a Natoura Voyage Wildlife Holiday with our team at Falconry Experience Wales.

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