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Mull Wildlife Watching from whales to otters to white tailed sea eagles and puffins


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staffa-birdwatching Mull Wildlife Watching The island enjoys a mild climate warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, with the most settled weather likely to be found during May to early June and September to October. The drift provides for some of the richest waters in terms of marine life found off the coast of the UK. In spring the surrounding Islands are a haven for nesting seabirds- for example huge numbers of shearwaters on Rhum; and puffins on the Treshnish Isles and Staffa. Whales, dolphins often seen on whale watching trips- one of the most popular Mull Wildlife Watching activities with visitors, next to watching the Island's white tailed sea eagles.

RSPB Loch Frisa- view from the hide, places limited. Visit the Island's Bird of Prey Centre.

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Eagle Island Mull has been dubbed Eagle Island because of the high concentrations of both Golden and White Tailed Sea Eagles resident on and around the Island. In fact over a dozen pairs of golden Eagles breed. Do not expect any of the excellent organised trip to lead you to any nest site though, it is a criminal offence to approach or disturb these magnificent birds. You do however stand a very good chance of seeing both species by driving or cycling on the Island's public roads and looking to the skies.

birdwatching corncrake Corncrakes on Iona A breeding summer migrant, more likely heard than seen, though you might catch a glimpse as they scurry though the machair grassland. They have a rasping call, some say very annoying call if you have no idea where it is coming from. We found the best way was to sit very quietly on the roadside and perhaps just perhaps you might catch sight of this fascinating bird.

To the South of Skye, not strictly part of the Highlands is the Island of Mull, part of the Inner Hebrides. 200 sq miles in area, with over 350 miles of coastline. From the grandeur of Ben More rising over 3000 feet from sea level, wide open vistas, sheltered bays and numerous offshore islands, including Iona Mull a wildlife lovers paradise -haunt of the white tailed sea eagle.

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