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By Christie Breen
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Vote plea from eagle project

TIME is running out to vote for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project to win top lottery prize.

The project which aims to reintroduce golden eagles to southern Scotland, is appealing for public support in order to be crowned National Lottery Project of the Year 2022.

Seventeen projects have been shortlisted for the award which celebrates the inspirational people and projects that do extraordinary things with the help of lottery funding.

With the public vote set to come to an end on October 12, it’s the last chance to show support and the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project is appealing for help to get them over the line.

The iconic bird of prey was once a common sight across the south of Scotland. However, over the last couple of centuries, the local population declined to as low as three breeding pairs, while completely disappearing further south in England and Wales.

Working closely with raptor experts, ecologists, vets, estates, land managers and local communities, the project has more than tripled the population – the highest number recorded for three centuries.

Spokesperson for the National Lottery Jonathan Tuchner said: “We’re so excited to have such an incredible list of contenders for the Project of the Year category in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

“It’s always an incredibly competitive category and this year is no different.

“So don’t forget to make your voice heard by casting your vote and with your help, the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project could be a winner.”

To vote for South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, go to https://lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards, or simply share the hashtag #NLAGoldenEagle on Twitter. Voting closes at 5 pm on 12 October.

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