Highlands & Islands

Live TV images being gathered of Assynt eagle nest

Golden eagle
Image caption The camera is on a steep crag overlooking the golden eagle nest

Live pictures of a golden eagle nest in Sutherland are being gathered in a project led by Highland Council countryside rangers.

A tiny camera at the site on the community-owned Glencaisp Estate sends the images almost 13 miles (20km) to the Assynt Visitor Centre in Lochinver.

The nest is on land owned by the Assynt Foundation and the project received funding from Scottish Natural Heritage.

It is believed to be the only project of its kind in the UK.

The camera was installed on a steep crag overlooking the nest.

Ranger Andy Summers said "cutting edge" radio technology was being used to beam the images from the nest.

He said: "As far as we know this is the only place in the UK where you can currently see live pictures of a golden eagle nest.

"Dare I say that even BBC Springwatch did not succeed with their golden eagle nest camera."

He added: "Techniques at the nest site and the visitor centre are tried and tested having been used previously during live TV transmissions.

"However the distances involved mean we are at the cutting edge of radio link technology."

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