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This year we are once again at Glen Seilisdeir amongst stunning forestry, lochs and a whole host of wildlife. Booking is essential and can be made through the Visit Scotland Information Centre at Craignure on 01680 812556
"The Mull Eagle Hide has become a must-do visitor attraction on Mull and this year it’s going to be even more exciting than ever at the all-new location in Glen Seilisdeir. I’ve filmed there for the BBC’s ‘Eagle Island’ film and it’s a fabulous place for seeing golden eagles, red deer, buzzards, hen harriers and of course the awesome white-tailed eagles. You’ve just got to visit! I wish the Mull Eagle Watch team the best of luck in their new home"
© Iain Erskine
We can promise you a fantastic view of a pair of nesting white-tailed eagles. Booking is essential and can be made through the Visit Scotland Information Centre at Craignure on 01680 812556.
Trips run Monday to Friday at 10.00 and 13.00. You will be given details of when and where to meet when you book your place on the trip but the rendezvous for the start of your adventure is approx ½ km up the Forestry Commission Scotland track at Glen Seilisdeir off the B8035 Salen scenic route. There'll be signs from the road to the track. You'll drive up to the hide, guided by the ranger, in your own car. Each trip lasts two hours. Adult tickets (including RSPB members) cost £6. If you're under 16, your ticket costs £3. If you live on Mull, it's free. Please pay the ranger on the day by cash or cheque ('Mull & Iona Community Trust'). Sorry, we don't have a card machine at the moment.
The Isle of Mull has become known to many as ‘Eagle Island’ thanks to the healthy population of golden eagles and white-tailed sea eagles on the island. It is also the title of the excellent documentary which Mull wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan made for BBC TV’s ‘The Natural World’ on the island’s wildlife during a year on Mull
Sea eagles have now ‘come home’ to Scotland. They were originally reintroduced to the UK by the Government’s Scottish Natural Heritage after being persecuted to extinction by 1918 in Scotland. This project was based on the Isle of Rum and started in 1975 – following a trial attempt on Fair Isle in 1968. By the early 1980’s a few of the sea eagles had dispersed from Rum and were seen on the neighbouring Isle of Mull. The first successful breeding attempt since extinction on Mull in the 1880's took place on the island in 1985 and the population has slowly increased since then.
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Following the arrival of a pair of nesting sea eagles at Forestry Commission Scotland’s Loch Frisa plantation in 1998, organised viewing trips to the nesting area have been operated by the Mull and Iona Community Trust, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Strathclyde Police and Forestry Commission Scotland. Rangers take guided trips to the area from 4th April through the Autumn* each year. This allows thousands of people to observe the birds at the nest, whilst minimizing disturbance in this working forestry plantation. It also allows other pairs to nest in peace and quiet.
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Sea eagles can also be seen in other parts of Mull especially around Loch na Keal, Glen More and Loch Scridain. They are also often seen by local wildlife tour companies on land and sea. More information
Mull Eagle Watch is a member of ‘Wild Scotland’ – promoting sustainable wildlife tourism in Scotland. Look for their name and logo when booking a wildlife trip as members sign up to a responsible Code of Conduct.
Every spring, many islanders help with the Mull Eagle Watch project which protects vulnerable nests and helps visitors see eagles without disturbing them. At Loch Frisa and at other sites there are 24 hour nest protection schemes in place which help to ensure the eagles nest successfully. Golden and sea eagles are fully protected by law and you need a special licence from SNH to approach a nest. Please do not be tempted to photograph eagles at their nests as this may cause disturbance and you need a special licence to do so. If you happen to come across a nest by accident, please leave the area immediately and if you happen to see anyone disturbing eagles or other wildlife here please let the Police or RSPB know. We want our eagles to be here nesting safely for many generations to come. We would also be interested to hear of any sightings you have and in particular of any wing tagged sea eagles whose tags you’ve been able to read. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
© Iain Erskine
Watch the adventures of the sea eagles on Mull courtesy of BBC Autumnwatch
See also Eagle Watch page two
Learn more about the Mull Sea Eagle tracking project