In an effort to reintroduce sea eagles to Scotland 19 chicks have been flown in from Norway. They are being kept in a secret location until they are strong enough to fledge and be released. The programme to reintroduce the sea eagle began four years ago and so far there have been over 2,000 sightings of the birds in Scotland. It is thought there are now 46 breeding pairs in the area and around 200 individuals. The project has met with resistance from farmers and crofters who accuse the birds of stealing lambs and chickens but a recent report suggests the eagles have a minimal impact on lamb deaths. The Scottish Environment Minister believes the scheme is important to restore biodiversity and increase tourism.