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  • Isle of Mull Wildlife Tours
    going on a Discover Mull tour Tour times and pick up point may change from when you book so we ask pre booked guests to ring us on the evening before their tour to confirm all arangements Our Discover Mull motto is It is your day out and we aim to make it one you will always remember We operate a flexible and friendly tour business and hope you enjoy this site The charge is 40 per person including home made lunch and coffee break not recommended for children under 7 years old Please book early to avoid disappointment It is helpful if you can tell us where you are staying and all the days you will have available to take a tour as well as any dietary requirements What you get in the price on your day out with us We provide all your refreshment needs for the day which includes morning coffee or tea with Pam s home baked biscuits lunch with hot home made soup a must have on Mulls cool spring and autumn days and afternoon tea or coffee and home made cake which includes Pam s now legendary lemon drizzle cake We also provide for guests with special dietary needs such as vegetarians or celiac We carry 2 good quality Kowa telescopes for guests to use on the tours to enhance their viewing experience with us we also provide quality Canon and Opticron binoculars for any guests who might require them to enable them to get a much better view of the wildlife we see We carry field guides for birds flowers and rocks on the van so that guests can check up on the many species we see during the day We also provide a tick list so that guests can check the species they have seen on the day in comfort either where they are staying or when they return home to remind them of their day out on Mull Our van is large and comfortable with lots of leg room and running boards on either side for ease of getting in and out There is space for guests belongings on the day A tour leader with a sense of humour and 15 years experience of looking for and finding wildlife of putting guests needs and requirements first with comfort breaks at the top of the list A leader who tries to give guests an individual day out although there are up to 8 in the van and he cannot remember your name A tour you will always remember hopefully for the right reasons and a jolly good fun day out We would like to thank our tour guests again for their unsolicited support for our tours on Trip Advisor For the second year running we have been sent a Certificate of Excellence from the organisation which was totally unexpected but it does please us that so many of our guests enjoy the tours as much as we do So a big thank

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  • Arthurs Blog
    tip to its bill and at last I managed to see the Kingfisher it is there if you look carefully These are birds not seen on Mull every year so two good finds for my year list We had friends Jaqui and Mike round for Haggis Neeps and Tatties last night a few days late for burns night but a nice evening none the less Late this evening just before dark Pam and I saw a female Hen Harrier out hunting just up the road from Ardrioch we are blessed with the wildlife we see in our part of Mull Feb 3rd It was a bad day for Partridges as after all our years at Ardrioch our Weeping Pear tree had produced no golden pears we made the decision to cut it down as it was blocking the view from the kitchen in Inch Hame The picture below is of three tree fellers wondering what to do after felling the Pear tree blokes thinking now that is dangerous Feb 2nd The day after the storm and birds returning to the feeders included the Brambling which was nice to see I went out and about and on my way home over the hill road from Torloisk to Dervaig just before dark I saw a hunting Short Eared Owl my first of the year White tailed Sea eagles are now renewing their bonds in readiness for the 2016 breeding season Feb 1st Storm Henry batten down the hatches again at this rate we will have no branches left on our trees in the garden January 2016 Jan 31st The calm after the storm and Pam took our dog Sally over the road to the Loch and watched an Otter and 16 bird species I went out and about and saw 5 White tailed Sea Eagles in total over 20 Great Northern Divers 24 Golden Plovers at killiechronan 8 Goosanders 6 Greenshank a Dipper at Knock Bridge and my first Black Guillimots of the year with 3 in Lagganulva Bay There was a Kingfisher seen again at Dervaig this morning but as usual I missed it in the afternoon Jan 30th The aftermath of storm Gertrude so we stayed indoors and did the RSPB big garden birdwatch Birds seen were Chaffinches 80 Greenfinches 6 Goldfinches 7 Blackbirds 3 Coal Tit 3 Collared Dove 2 Rock Dove 27 Blue Tit 4 Great Tit 2 Dunnock 3 House Sparrow 3 Robin 2 Kestrel Buzzard and Hooded Crow A Sparrowhawk flew through but we missed it but all the birds dissapeared for a while and the poor weather put off the Jay Treecreeper Siskins and Yellowhammers which have been regular visitors recently Jan 29th Only one word to describe todays weather Gertrude however the seas were spectacular I spent the afternoon re cataloging my C D collection Jan 28th It rained heavily I m not that daft I stayed in and watched it through the windows and saw the Brambling and 4 Yellowhammers Jan 27th Spent most of the day in the garden but I did manage to see a flock of about 10 Long tailed Tits fly into and almost immeadiately out of the garden We had our kestrel hovering over us again today and our regular Buzzard put in an appearance I saw the Treecreeper again today and on a brief trip to the end of Loch Cuin at Dervaig took this picture of a Herring Gull with a Red Breasted Merganser The weather today was much improved it did not rain all day and for a second or two I saw blue sky Jan 26th Today was to put it mildly wet and windy and you would think nobody in their right mind would go out wildlife watching but I did so I must be out of my mind What did he see in such awful weather I hear you asking yourselves hmm 2 White tailed Sea Eagles flying in circles around each other in drizzle on gale force winds A fantastic view of a ghostly male Hen Harrier difficult to see at first with its grey back against a very grey backdrop this is where the black wing tips come in handy An Otter struggling through high waves being driven in on the winds this remarkable creature then started fishing and yes catching fish Red Deer Grey Seals and other birds were seen and I had a really good day out Still think i m out of my mind probably Jan 25th What a day rain and wind and I had to stay in but as I was talking to my Dad on the phone I saw our Tree Creeper through the office window Pam has seen it on several occasions but until today it had illuded me After the rain stopped I went to Dervaig and I saw a female Hen Harrier hunting a Buzzard a White tailed Sea Eagle a small flock of Wigeon Little Grebe Greenshanks Redshanks and Greylag Geese Home again and back to work in the garden and somehow Pam had managed to turn off the aga so it took ages to toast my bread for lunch Jan 24th I went out birding today in the worst conditions possible low cloud rain and wind Although I did not see much in the way of our super star species I did add 2 more species to my Mull year list firstly Canada Geese there were several in a field at Killiechronan mixed with Greylag Geese then on returning home my first Yellowhammer of the year in our garden It briefly stopped raining this afternoon so it was out working in the garden for me and contiued up dating the web site for Pam Jan 23rd I took our Sheltie Shetland Sheepdog to the vets to have its micro chip fitted as this is to become law in Scotland in April I have to say she was no trouble and did not even wince Not satisfied with just giving her the implant the vet decided she needed a booster jab Sally the dog not the vet and so she will have to go back in a fortnight for another injection we decided it best not to tell her I stopped and bought some more bird seed on my way home in preparation for the RSPB big garden birdwatch next weekend Jan 22nd A day spent at home working after last nights monsoon had stopped so apart from birds in the garden note the Jay photo I have little to report Jan 21st I was right it definitely was the morning after the night before I trip to see our friend Alan Mullbirds Spellman today he has always been a good sounding board for us regarding our web site and gave some thoughts to consider today On our way home Pam saw her first Dipper of the year on the Aros river and we saw 2 pairs of White tailed Sea Eagles the first pair looking particularly miserable in the rain the other pair just off hunting as the rain had stopped Jan 20th A trip round the block with Pam and we had a good sighting of 2 White tailed Sea Eagles flying off Treshnish Point and a few Gannets flying between Mull and Coll my first Gannets of the year Nearing Dervaig on our way back home we saw a juvenile Golden Eagle a female Hen Harrier and a couple of Buzzards Over the house on our return was a kestrel which we are seeing here most days now This evening we went to our friends Nick and Catherines house to celebrate Nicks birthday we had a lovely evening but I am sure we will pay for it tomorrow Jan 19th It stopped raining and I found myself back in the garden but not before a trip into Tobermory where I saw 8 Whooper Swans on the Mishnish Lochs and managed to photograph the 3 closer ones There were 4 Snipe and 2 Greenshank at Dervaig and also an unusually large count of 75 Common Gulls and only a single lonely Herring Gull which looked like it had been sent to coventry by the Common Gulls as it was standing all alone on a large rock Jan 18th A day of constant rain and I took a trip to my water supply dam which was overflowing and making a wetland habitat which is OK by me but Sally our dog hates it Sally and I took a tour of our perimiter fence to check there were no breaks and disturbed a Woodcock my first seen this year This afternoon I dragged Pam for an hour at Cailaich and although we did not see a lot in the drizzle a female Merlin flew in and perched for a few seconds before flying away again This evening still in the rain we went on an Owl hunt along the road by the river Bellart and spotted a Barn Owl on a post wondering if the rain was ever going to stop At home today I had a great view of our Jay but did not manage a photo but I was more lucky with our Brambling and got one shot nice Blue Tit as well Jan 17th A beautiful day and I stayed home in case the Brambling returned so I could get a photograph sods law it did not put in an appearance but the Jay did although it flew off before I could even pick up my camera It was said on the news this morning that men are lazy on Sundays so who am I to buck this trend Jan 16th A cold windy and snow showery day not the best weather for the Isle of Mull bird club annual winter bird count in the event 80 species of birds were seen not a record count but the most species for many years well done to all the bird club members who braved the conditions and did extraordinarily well Pam and I along with our friends and neighbours Nick and Catherine saw the most species with a total of 64 We did not see a White tailed Eagle but were the only group to see Golden Eagles we also saw 6 Otters two of which ran across the road in front of us which shows why so many Otters are run over on Mull if you drive fast I saw 3 new birds fo my year list a Brambling in our garden a Dipper at Aros and 2 Pied Wagtails so a good day all round Jan 15th Our land line phone is put of order and being fixed on monday so if you need to contact us please use our mobile 07780600367 A kestrel hovered over our garden today not an unusual bird on Mull but rarely seen from the house It was not so cold today so more gardening I don t get what so many of you get out of gardening me I just get a sore back I went to Tobermory this afternoon to fill up the bus in preparation for tomorrows bird club bird count we are going with our friends and hope to have a lot of fun and laughter Jan 14th After the overnight snow and frost the views from Ardrioch were spectacular but the under foot conditions were treacherous so I thought it prudent to stay home today Pam continued to make the Roman Blinds for the new kitchen in Inch Hame and from the occasional expletive I heard proved it might not be as easy as she thought Pam being a woman can of course multi task and whilst sewing and cooking still managed to find our first Siskin visiting the garden this year another new bird for my year list Jan 13th a cold frosty start to our day out with our friends Jaquie and Mike down to the south of Mull and as expected I picked up some new birds for my year list We found about 20 Golden Plovers in a mixed flock with Lapwings and Curlews Rooks and Jackdaw in a field near Fionnphort and a Tufted Duck on Loch Pottie Birds we did not expect to see were 4 Razorbills 2 Guillemots and 2 Kittiwakes on Loch Scridain all new birds for my year list We had brilliant views of Golden Eagles and Otters Hen Harrier and White tailed Eagles were also seen as were Great Northern Divers and Red Breasted Mergansers A total of 49 bird species and 3 Mammals were seen on a very good if somewhat cold and wet day Thanks to Jac and Mike for their company and the wildlife for their presence Jan 12th A cold wintry day with a lot of rain and wind so not much to see except Great Northern Divers Red Breasted Mergansers and a Slavonian grebe on Loch Na Keal We went to the Bellachroy Inn tonight with Chrissie our house Sitter and had a fantastic meal the best meal out for some time Thanks to Anthony Christine and particularly the chef for such a fantastic dinner it cheered us up no end and was just what we needed after our traumatic weekend Jan 11th A day of remembering and feeling a little down just did a bit in the garden to be close to Sally who was also missing her companion Jan 10th A very sad day at Ardrioch as our older Sheltie dog Misty had a stroke and had to be put to sleep she was 13 years old and apart from being speyed she had never had to visit a vet so it came as a bit of a shock Those of you who met Misty would know she was a one off did her own thing but was one of the family and Pam and I and Sally our younger Sheltie are going to miss her Jan 9th A lovely day after another frost last night and Pam and I went out looking for the Iceland gull at the Knock hatchery again this time we were successful not only did we see the Iceland Gull but also a pair of Gadwall ducks not a bird we see too often on Mull We went to look if there were any Barnacle Geese on Inch Kenneth and found a flock much closer on a field by the Inch Kenneth boat house On our way home we saw a small flock of Fieldfare winter visiting Thrushes from Scandanavia We saw 6 Otters today and my first Golden Eagle of the year All in all a very good day out Jan 8th Winter is here we woke up to a frost and bright sky I went for a walk to Croig this morning and saw my first Otter of 2016 I managed to get reasonably close and was able to get a couple of photos before it went too far away although it continued fishing for some time Before returning home to the dreaded gardening I slipped to Calgary and saw a lovely little Goldcrest a bird I usually struggle to find but not this year The resident pair of Song Thrushes were in attendance as was the Great Northern Diver always a nice bird to see As I write this blog I have just come in from the garden my back aches so do my arms and legs so I am now off for a hot radox bath bliss Jan 7th The mini drought broke last night with heavy rain which continued through the morning before drying up in the afternoon I went to Tobermory before lunch to fuel the car but really to look for wildlife but due to the rain there was very little about I saw a single male Goldeneye on the Mishnish Lochs and another on Loch Torr and the only new bird for my Mull year list was a bedraggled looking Mistle Thrush This afternoon I spent a good deal of time in the garden hey ho no day is perfect This evening we went out looking for Owls and did not find any hey ho no evening is perfect will try again soon Jan 6th Yet another dull dry day but with a strong breeze and Pam and I went to Cailaich which was somewhat dissapointing with very little about although we did see some Redwings on our way back Ringed Plover at Calgary were my first of the year and there was a nice pair of Song Thrushes on the Calgary camp site My other new birds for the year today were Stonechat Wren and House Sparrows This afternoon Pam was preparing the new Kitchen for painting and I was clearing up in the garden not my favorite occupation but needs must as the saying goes Jan 5th A lovely day if a little dull so I went out looking for an Iceland Gull which had been seen at the Knock hatchery sewage outfalls and although I did not find the Gull I did see lots of Redshank and Turnstones there Also seen at Knock were Black Headed Gulls with all the usual Mull species of Gull some Teal and Goldeneye and believe it or not my first Mallards on Mull this year Returning home via Killiechronan I saw 4 Goosanders 3 Bar Tailed Godwits and a pair of Shelduck In Lagganulva Bay there were at least 10 Lapwings but by this time I was in a hurry to catch the bank bus in The Bellachroy car park and not wanting trouble from the boss had to leave in a rush At the hatchery I saw my first White tailed Eagles of the year as two juveniles flew over scattering all the birds great sight to see Jan 4th A warmer calmer day so out I went leaving Pam mopping the kichen floors at Ardrioch before she starts cleaning the Self catering in Inch Hame

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  • links
    a totally natural and secluded setting Dervaig Post Office and Store offers a friendly services and much more including a small café area You can place orders for newspapers magazines and grocery deliveries before you come on holiday Turus Mara and the Am Birlinn Restaurant Sea Bird and Wildlife Cruisetours with Turus Mara to the Treshnish Isles Staffa Iona and Am Birlinn restaurant at Penmore near Calgary Craigbhea B B is situated on the Glen road on the edge of Dervaig It has beautiful panoramic views from the large balcony at the front of the house overlooking Glen Bellart Discover Mull tours will pick you up from close by at the Bellachroy Hotels Guest Houses and B B accommodation and other things of interest that we can personally recommend in Tobermory and around the island Brockville B B is run by Helen and Gordon Chalmers in a quiet modern development overlooking the rooftops of Tobermory Our spacious 4 star en suite rooms are ideal for relaxing after a day looking at Mulls varied wildlife and unmatched scenery We look forward to welcoming you to our island home Park Lodge Hotel Tobermory is a family run Hotel with comfortable modern accommodation to suit all from families to hill walkers and wildlife enthusiasts The Hotel is fully licensed and has a Public Lounge Bar with Sky Ultimate TV package The acclaimed Auld Mull Restaurant is adjacent to the bar Park Lodge is open all year Set on the waterfront of picturesque Tobermory Bay the Tobermory Hotel offers a genuine welcome and a comfortable place to relax at the end of a day to remember Our restaurant is open to non residents Just 2 min walk for pickup by Discover Mull Perfectly situated on Tobermory s Main Street overlooking Calve Island and The

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  • wildflowers
    their parents territory for anytime between a month to 5 months depending on the size and independence of the youngster White tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla Found on Mull all year this awesome bird the 4th largest Eagle in the world was successfully re introduced to the west coast of Scotland in 1975 and now we have approximately 40 breeding pairs on or around the west coast Formally know as the Ern the earliest records in Britain date from approximately 125 000 years ago White tailed Eagles can live for around 30 years and have an amazing wingspan of 2 to 2 5 metres 6 to 8 feet with females being bigger than males This large Eagle has a body length of 68 to 90 cms 27 to 36 inches and weighs 3 1 to 6 9 kgs 7 to 15 lbs The nest is very large 1 5 metres 4 8 feet in diameter usually in a tree and by the coast 1t starts off shallow but gets deeper over time It consists of Twigs Heather Seaweed and Driftwood and lined with grass Incubation takes about 38 to 40 days and 1 to 3 eggs are laid both birds take turns nestling the eggs with changeovers about every 4 hours When the young have hatched they are looked after by both parents for 2 to 3 weeks with one or two hatchlings being the norm Both parents bring in food but the female mainly responsible for feeding the very young chicks The diet is very varied can include snakes frogs hares rabbits small lambs and goats as well as the usual sea birds and fish Fledging takes place between 70 to 80 days after hatching and they can stay in and around the nest site for some time The young begin dispersing in the autumn giving their parents a brief respite before the process starts all over again as most Eagles are monogamous Hen Harrier Circus Cyaneus The most persecuted bird in Britain as they are moorland birds that take young grouse chicks found all year on Mull and in good numbers in good vole years The males much smaller than females are prominently grey in colour with a white rump and black wing tips The females and juveniles are brown with the distinctive white rump showing well and giving the females the name ringtail juveniles have a more Rufus underbelly The two sexes were once thought to be separate species because of their colour difference and they got there name from their habit of eating domestic fowl There are about 400 breeding females in Britain most of them in Scotland their preferred habitat being young woodland heathland and moorland Hen Harriers are ground nesting birds laying 4 to 6 eggs at 2 to 3 day intervals with incubation lasting between 29 and 39 days resulting in different chick sizes The female incubates the eggs and is fed by the male prey passing and the young leave the nest at

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  • Mulls mammals
    years but cubs suffer a very high mortality rate Otters breed at all times of the year with gestation about 9 weeks with 2 cubs being the average litter size The cubs eyes open at about 4 to 5 weeks old and they learn to swim at about 3 months old they stay with their mother for about 18 months Common Seals Found on Mull all year these are the smaller of the two types of seals found around the coast of Mull about 1 5 metres or just under 5 feet in length Bulls are larger than cows They have attractive mottled coats ranging from dark brown to pale grey white the calves are usually black Common Seals calve in late June or July and there calves can swim within a few hours of being born In more crowded colonies calf deaths can be high from either getting lost or being trampled but seals can live for over 30 years Common seals can swim at up to 25 miles per hour and dive to 200 meters or 650 feet and can stay under water for 15 minutes Grey Seals Found on Mull all year this is the larger of our seals with the roman nosed dog like faces they can reach up to 2 3 meters or 7 5 feet they are more uniform in colour bulls can be almost black with cows much lighter both are paler underneath The calves are born with silky white fur a throwback to the ice age they helplessly rely on their mothers for up to 4 weeks after being born There are about 100 000 Grey seals around the coast of Great Britain which is 1 3 of the world s population and so is very precious In the waters around Mull

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  • wildflowers
    recorded on Mull and in season the delicate harebells known as the bluebells of Scotland bloom in profusion from Tobermory to Fionphort The profusion of birds foot trefoil provides food for the larvae of the common blue butterfly and the couch grass thistles and nettles feed those of the peacock and painted lady Clouds of scotch argus delight the eye on a sunny August day and look out for mountain ringlet on the higher slopes Dragonflies and damselflies abound in the short season of warm moist and still conditions which often prevail in summertime Here are some of the wildflowers we are seeing in May and June Bluebells flower in profusion in shaded woodland or open banks on Mull The Common butterwort is an insect eating plant often seen on the edges of bogs also known as the Bog violet for it s delicate violet like flower Flag Iris and Bogbean flourish in ponds on loch edges and in the wetter parts of bogs of which we have plenty on Mull The earliest of many varieties of wild orchids which we have on Mull the Narrow leaved Helleborine is a rare woodland orchid now growing in great numbers in the

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  • folklore
    of his clan chief The clan system was destroyed after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 by the application of harsh measures and laws No longer were tenants allowed to pay rent in kind but hard cash was demanded Evictions followed non payment and high cash rents were offered for these grazing lands by Southern flockmasters The way of life of the Highlands and Islands was slowly destroyed accelerated by the effects of potato blight In 1846 the decease was at its height and destroyed the staple food of ordinary people thus spurring the emigration of a demoralized population How willingly would you have left your home On a Discover Mull Tour we will show you how the people of Mull lived and made their living over the years We tell how and why the population fell by 9 000 people in one century We will show you the history of the island by its castles duns brochs villages and houses that they lived in and fought for We will show you all the physical side of the history of Mull all you need is your imagination Folklore Cameras to the fore as we stop and admire some of the most breathtakingly beautiful and spectacular views to be seen anywhere in Britain Along with many amusing tales of life on Mull from its illicit stills to giant fighting All is revealed on a Discover Mull Tour Tales of the unexpected that in our experience is the folklore of Mull On our tour you will hear some of the more outrageous tales passed down through history at ceilidih s throughout the island We tell of extraordinary jumps and throws that would win gold medals at a modern olympic games We also tell of giants dragons and even how one giantess discovered

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  • geology
    rare rock types and well preserved volcanic formations These attract geologists from all over the world and it is these rock structures underneath the surface that make Mull one of the most attractive islands in the Hebrides The islands geology gives Mull its varied and beautiful scenery and habitats for the wide variety of wildlife that make their home here From high mountain ranges to delicate sand dunes towering cliffs

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