New season opens for eagle viewing on Mull

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Mull’s famous white-tailed eagles are taking centre stage again with the new viewing season starting on Monday 13th April.

Tours will start from Tiroran in Glen Seilisdeir where the successful Mull Eagle Watch initiative has been based for the last three years.

The eagle pair, Iona and Fingal, have been regular stars on a number of TV programmes and featured on BBC’s Springwatch.

Speaking on behalf of Mull Eagle Watch, Rachel French said:

“We’re very excited to start this year’s viewing season again.

“Visitors will be treated to spectacular views of these ‘flying barn doors’ swooping high overhead and perching on trees close to the nest. They are a truly spectacular sight to see.

”There’s also lots more wildlife to see too including golden eagles, red deer, ravens and buzzards. We are keeping our fingers crossed that all goes to plan and the eagles’ eggs hatch early in May.”

The popular Mull Eagle Watch project is a 5 Star VisitScotland attraction and was  also awarded gold under the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Mull’s eagles are estimated to generate £5 million towards the island’s local economy each year, with around £60,000 going back into local community projects.

David Sexton, RSPB Scotland’s Mull Officer added:

“This is a big year for the big birds! It’s 40 years since the white-tailed eagle reintroduction project began on Rum in 1975, 30 years since the first chick here on Mull in 1985 and at some stage this year we hope to hit a real milestone for the project with 100 breeding pairs across Scotland. We don’t know where or when yet but for now we just hope people will come and enjoy seeing Fingal and Iona and that they have a successful breeding season. It’s going to be a busy year!”

Mull Eagle Watch is a partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Mull & Iona Community Trust, Police Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

To book a guided tour, call Craignure Visitor Information Centre on 01680 812556 or check the Mull Eagle Watch webpage for more information. 

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.