Conservation and learning on Mull
A global movement devoted to conservation of the world's plants, animals and fungi has evolved and grown rapidly over the last 60 years. This has been in response to a number of drivers including the global environmental changes that are now known to be impacting detrimentally on nature, the unsustainable use of natural resources by people such as the large-scale and irreversible transformation of habitats and ecosystems and the increasing effect of pollutants on species and ecosystems.
People also know now that they can be agents for positive change in minimising losses of natural resources, restoring species and ecosystems and protecting threatened species populations. On the Isle of Mull this has resulted in a number of successful conservation initiatives including both activities to actively protect species and ecosystems and projects and programmes to raise awareness of the significance of Mull's natural heritage. The following are some of these conservation and awareness raising initiatives:
Atlantic Hazel Action Group
Formed in 2007, the Atlantic Hazel Action Group (AHAG) is a partnership of consultants, government agencies, NGOs and individuals whose aim is to promote protection of Scotland's unique Atlantic hazel woodland, a great deal of which occurs on Mull. The group recognises the international importance of this woodland type for biodiversity, especially its epiphytic lichen flora, and a range of other values that this woodland provides for people and nature.
Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust
The Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust - established in 1994 (based in Tobermory) it is a registered charity that has pioneered practical, locally-based education and monitoring programmes on cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the Hebrides.
Mull Bird Club
The Isle of Mull Mull Bird Club is a non profit making organisation open to all. Its aim is to advance the knowledge of the public in the study of birds and natural history in a social context. The club was inaugurated by Alan Spellman, Len White and Peter Hall in 2001.
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Mull and Iona Ranger Service
The Ranger Service run an island wide mink trapping scheme and hold many guided walks and events. It also works with the island schools to increase awareness in ecology and conservation.
Project Minke - This is a website that shares experiences of Alison Gill (the website creator) who worked for Sea Life Surveys (1994-2002).
Mull Otter Group
Mull Otter Group - This is a fast growing association of enthusiasts whose aim is to create positive awareness regarding the conservation needs of otters on the Isle of Mull. Its mission statement is as follows: "Mull Otter Group is committed to preserving a healthy environment for the benefit of present and future generations of otters on the Isle of Mull and Iona. This we intend to do by promoting positive community awareness through education, information, involvement and greater understanding".
The group has six objectives including assisting with the welfare and conservation of Eurasian Otters on the Isle of Mull and Iona, carrying out, research and investigation to further our understanding of the biology and ecology of the Eurasian Otter and educating local residents and visitors to the island on responsible otter watching, in an effort to prevent disturbance and/or suffering
There are also many organisations that work throughout the United Kingdom that also undertake conservation work on Mull. They include the Royal Society for the Portection of Birds (RSPB), the Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage.
This page last updated on 5 Oct 2015