Isle of Mull
The Island of Mull is renowned for its dramatic varied landscapes from its white sand beaches and temperate rainforests to its rugged moorlands and high towering mountains.
Mull and the surrounding islands support a varied range of birdlife. The rarer birds to be seen are the Corncrake (Iona) and the successfully reintroduced White-tailed Eagle. Other breeding raptors include Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard.
Mull has a coastline of some 300 miles long with many tidal lochs. These attract many birds including Whooper Swan, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Redshank, Snipe, Whimbrel, Curlew and Oystercatcher to name a few.
Flocks of Teal and Wigeon overwinter on Mull as well as Shelduck, Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser. All three Divers can be seen at different times of the year in and around the Isle of Mull: Great Northern, Black-throated (scarcer) and Red-throated Diver (breeding). Slavonian Grebes can be seen on the sea lochs during the winter months.
There are good opportunities to see Otters along Mull’s coastal roads along with Harbour and Grey Seals.
During the summer, a boat trip to the Treshnish Isles is an unforgettable experience as you get to view nesting birds such as Puffin, Shag, Kittiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill and Great Skua.
The rich Hebridean seas surrounding Mull also support cetaceans including Minke Whales, Common & Bottlenose Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise. The second largest fish, Basking Shark, can also be seen feeding around the coast.