Interesting, living in the NW all we ever hear from regional news is that they are on the verge of being wiped out. Must be specifically referring to the local areas like Bowland.
Chris Packham estimates 61 pairs in England. Another report reckons 12 nests in the North of England. A trip to Scotland post COVID of course sounds like a good idea.
Paul , you are quite correct. Northumbrian water(Northwest water) I believe own large tracts of moorland around Bowland , and are doing their best And it is the last proper breeding ground for English pairs.
I’m not really a fan of Alarmism, (or Chris Packham) , but estimating 61 pairs (ie a specific integer rather than 60-70) is quite ridiculous. Much like many Bank of England forecasts to two digital places, for gdp, inflation whatever only to be revisited.
True I have been in locations where they are common and failed to see a single bird in 5 days (but I pursued) , but that is the beautifully unpredictable charm of Nature. Yet I have had on separate occasions a WT Sea Eagle Golden Eagle and Merlin in my field of view at the same time, and on another 4 Golden Eagles and 2 WT Sea Eagles. Time of year is Key.
if you do want specific details of best sites please chat me , but am obviously loath to disclose sensitive information here.