Young eagle flies the nest

The Mull Eagle Watch (MEW) partnership is celebrating the successful fledging of this year’s youngster from the nest.

Proud parents, Iona and Fingal, have spent 12 weeks raising the young white-tailed eagle before it took its first flight off the huge nest. 

MEW rangers Rachel French and John Clare both watched the first flight of the young eagle which is thought to be a female. 

Rachel said:

“The youngster did extremely well, bearing in mind that this can be a scary time for a young bird. However, a little time after the first flight we saw her return to the safety of the nest.

“Since then, there have been many more flights, some getting much longer. We’ve also seen a spectacular crash landing but the youngster dusted herself off and was fine.  It’s all part of the learning process.”

Both the adults and the youngster will remain in the territory and will now spend time near the hunting area as the chick learns how to survive.

Now is a good time to book visits to see the eagles although visitors should be prepared to walk one or two miles to view them. 

Mull Eagle Watch is a partnership between Forest Enterprise 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. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate.
  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.