Why plans to reintroduce sea eagles to Norfolk and Suffolk were scrapped
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Less than a decade ago, the white-tailed sea eagle could have become a common sight in East Anglia's skies if conservationists had had their way.
Nature lovers wanted to introduce 75 of the birds of prey to selected sites which they claimed they were once native to, in order to establish a breeding population.
But Natural England's plans were greeted by an outcry from farmers, who feared the birds would help themselves to free range lambs, piglets and poultry.
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In June 2010, the government's conservation advisor said that it was withdrawing as lead partner for the project after a heated debate.
Its chief scientist said at the time: 'We have taken the decision to withdraw from the project at this stage because we believe it would be inappropriate to commit public funds to an extensive public consultation over a project that we would, in the foreseeable future, be unable to fund.'
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