Saturday, March 11, 2006

Wild life successes in Mull

You can see the Puffins on the Treshnish Isles by boat trips from Dervaig in Mull - see the link.

A record number of 9 young eagles have been seen this year. Call the RSPB officer Dave Sexton at 01680 300387 for details of the viewing hide. If you can get an answer. Or get a day tour of Mull looking for wildlife from Richard Atkinson at 01680 300441. They get regular sightings of white tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, divers, Merlin, Peregrine, hen harriers, otters, golden plover, twite, raven, and many other species. Catch the 10.00am ferry to Mull 08705 650000. Trips run through the year if there are two people going. Cost £32, a little walking, no little ones under 8
But the seabird stocks of puffins, razor bills, arctic terns and kittwakes in the Islands have been devastated last year and the trend is bad. It seems to be a dietary problem in the main - not enough sandeels. But if you find only 4 guillemot chicks from a population of 2173 birds on Tiree it is nothing short of a disaster.
It is a bit like the red squirrel problem. A disease carried by the un-British grey squirrels is taking out our red ones. 3 out of every 4 red squirrels are in Scotland and the biggest proportion of these are in Argyll. Ardnamurchan is one of the priority sites for the UK national survey of these furry ones.

From Kentallen, there are three possible crossing places to reach Mull. Oban is the nearest about 40 minutes away. Be on the MacBrayne's boat ten minutes before departure.

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