Seeing Mull's wildlife
It would be easy to tell you to just visit Mull and keep your eyes peeled? That is certainly one of the best pieces of advice for anyone wanting to see wildlife on Mull.
However, there are some simple pieces of advice that may help you in your search for wild species and ecosystems.
- Don't rush! Mull is a place to slow down, even though some drivers seem to be in a hurry that does not mean you need to be.
- Walk lots! Don't just drive, get out of the car, or even better cycle. Visit the parts of Mull where there are wll maintained tracks such as Aros woodland, Glengorm Castle, Garmony Forestry Commission, Beinn More, Iona and walk as much as you can.
- Take a guide book! Buy one of the many guide books such as Birdwatching on Mull & Iona by David Sexton, Wildflower walks on Mull by Lynne Farrell.
- Take a map and binoculars! You may know the way but if the mist comes down even a Mulleach can become disorientated. The binoculars are important so you don't have to get too close and disturb the wildlife.
- Obey the Wildlife & Countryside Act! This describes the law relating to engaging with wildlife in the UK. In particular the Act makes it an offence to intentionally kill, injure, or take any wild bird (except Schedule 2 species), take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while that nest is in use or being built or take or destroy an egg of any wild bird. Other offences relate to collection of scheduled wild plants, to kill, injure or take any scheduled wild animal species and a general ‘no-release’ approach for invasive non-native species. Please enjoy Mull's wildlife without disturbing or damaging the plants, animals or habitats.
Failing that, there are a number of companies that can help you on your search. The following are recommended wildlife tours:
Puffins on Lunga. Photo: John Sawyer.
Turus Mara are a family business based on the Isle of Mull and they run wildlife boat trips to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles and Iona.
Established in 1973, they have been running boat trips to see wildlife for over 40 years.
Tel: 01688 400242
Tel: 08000 858786
Mull Eagle Watch
Wild About Mull
White-tailed eagle. Photo: Bryan Rains
Wild About Mull provides wildlife experiences on the Ross of Mull in a minibus that can carry 8 passengers. They are based in Pennyghael and on their tours regularly encounter golden eagle, white-tailed Sea Eagle, otter and hen harrier. Their tours operate seven days a week, and all year round as required. During the spring and summer months birdwatching is very popular, but as Mull's flora and fauna covers such a broad spectrum you can be sure of a spectacular tour at any time.
Bryan & Joy Rains
Tel: 01681 704229
Mull Magic Wildlife
Tel: 01688 301213
Island Encounters Wildlife and Birdwatch Safaris
Nigel will be your guide on a day tour that takes in Mulls breathtaking scenery with regular sightings of Whitetailed and Golden eagles, Hen Harrier, Short Eared Owl, Otter and much more. Lunch, hot drinks and infamous home made fruit cake are provided plus the loan of binoculars if required. As well as day tours for up to 8 people, Private tours are available on request. Short breaks including accommodation are run throughout the year - see website for details.
Tel: 01681 700090
Join Arthur and Pam, friendly and experienced wildlife tour operators, on a wildlife tour of north Mull looking for famed wildlife in their natural habitats. Golden & White-tailed Sea Eagles, Otters, Red Deer, Seals, Hen Harrier and Wildflowers with a little History and Geology thrown in for guests’ enjoyment. The full day tour starts from Dervaig and/or Tobermory and includes a home-made lunch and hot drinks.
Pam & Arthur Brown
Ardrioch Farm, Dervaig, Isle of Mull, PA75 6QR
Tel: 01688 400415
If you are a wildlife guide providing services on and around Mull please contact us to add your details to this page. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
This page last updated on 15 Jun 2015