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Golden eagle disappears in “suspicious" circumstances
The missing eagle had been translocated as part of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.
A police investigation into the disappearance is ongoing.

The police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following the disappearance of a golden eagle in the Scottish Borders.

Merrick, a female golden eagle, was last seen on Thursday, 12 October to the west of Fountainhall, between Heriot and Stow.

Despite a search of the area, after she was reported missing on Wednesday, 18 October, Merrick has not been found and the police are treating her disappearance as “suspicious”.

The eagle had been translocated to the Scottish Borders last year as part of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project. The conservation scheme aims to increase the species’ population in the region by relocating eagles from further north.

The chair of the project, Michael Clarke, said: “The disappearance of any golden eagle is extremely upsetting, but particularly when there is evidence to suggest that they have come to harm under suspicious circumstances.”

Eagles in the project are satellite-tagged and their location monitored. Police Scotland are continuing to investigate the disappearance.

Detective sergeant David Lynn, Police Scotland wildlife crime coordinator, said: “We are determined to protect these magnificent birds. We work closely with a number of partners to tackle wildlife crime, which can be challenging and complex to investigate.

“As our enquiry continues I would urge anyone with any information that may assist to contact us through 101 quoting reference number 1193 of 18 October. Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers through 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.