Plans to return sea eagles to Isle of Wight

Conservationists are planning to reintroduce the UK's largest bird of prey to the south coast of England.

White-tailed eagles, which have a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres (8ft), were once widespread but were wiped out in the UK a century ago.

Now a charity is working with the Forestry Commission on a project to return the birds to the Isle of Wight.

A similar scheme in Scotland has already proved a success and there are now more than 130 breeding pairs.

The birds, also known as sea eagles, are currently deemed extinct in England but have been reintroduced in Scotland and Ireland.

The Roy Dennis Foundation said it was exploring the feasibility of a reintroduction project, while public drop-in sessions on the island had generated "great interest".

The charity is also conducting an online survey to gather opinions on the scheme.

For details of the survey please visit