Endangered eagle lays egg at bird of prey centre

The steppe eagles at North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre.

The steppe eagles at North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre. - Credit: Archant

A bird of prey centre is celebrating after successfully pairing two endangered eagles.

The steppe eagles arrived at the North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre (NSBOPC) in Congresbury last year.

The centre was keen to breed from them to help preserve the endangered species.

Earlier this month, the female laid an egg and now staff have a nerve-wracking wait to see if it will hatch.

Leanne McManus-Dunkley said: “So far they are doing a great job in incubating the egg so we have everything crossed.

“It’s incredibly important to us to raise publicity for this species and educate the public on their plight in the wild.”

Steppe eagles come from central Asia and Europe but their population is declining due to a number of threats.

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The North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre is holding its next open day on Sunday where visitors can find out more about the eagles.

The open day will run from 10am-2.30pm.

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