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Wildlife on the Isle of Mull

Mull is home to a wide range of indigenous wildlife, and while eagles may have grabbed the most headlines over recent years following their successful reintroduction, there are thousands of other species which call the island home. Animals such as deer and feral goats roam the land free, while other birds of prey such as Buzzards and Ospreys comb the sky’s.

Wild Deer
While on Mull wild deer roam the countryside freely, with little interference from locals. It is not unheard of for deer to wander in to the gardens at the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa in evenings, and as the suns sets over Craignure Bay, they can be a magnificent sight while enjoying an evening meal in our Sheallach na Mara restaurant. There are three types of deer on the island - Red Deer, Roe Deer and Fallow Deer. The Red Deer is the most commonly seen as they come down form the mountains to feed at dusk and dawn. The Red Deer is the largest land mammal in the UK, and have a reddish brown coat. The Roe Deer has a similar coat to the Red Deer, however are much shorter in stature, and their antlers tend to be much smaller too. Fallow Deer are amongst the best known deer with their distinctive red coats and white spots, they are sized between Red and Roe Deer.

Otters can regularly be seen in the bay at the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa. Throughout the UK they are usually found by their trails as they are nocturnal, however, on Mull they are more dependant on the state of the tide rather than the time of day. Incoming tides on rocky shores, with a bit of patience can give the best chance to catch a glimpse of these animals.

There are thousands more species to be found on the Isle of Mull, and the most enjoyable part of visiting the island spending time observing these magnificent animals in the comfort of their natural habitat.

Birdwatching on Mull

The variety of wildlife on Mull is truly astonishing and it is undoubtedly one of the main islands in Britain for wildlife, and particularly, bird-watching.

While Eagles have gained the most headlines over recent years, there is a huge range of wild and endangered birds who also call Mull and Iona home. Thanks to the work of farmers and other protective agencies these animals now thrive on the Island. While we encourage visitors to share their images of these wonderful animals, they are protected and any interference with their nesting sights or natural habitats is illegal and will not be tolerated by the islanders.

The island is home to a wide variety of other key bird predators including Buzzards, Hen Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Merlins along with a number of different owls.

The shell and coastal grassland of the machair (most notably seen on Calgary Bay) occur on several parts of the island. It is one of the rarest habitats in the Europe and hosts a biodiverse community of plants and other animals. The Corncrake, a globally endangered bird, is tempted to these regions for food. However they are predominantly found on the Isle of Iona.

The Corncrake migrates to Mull and Iona from as far away as Africa, crossing the Sahara Desert enroute. The Corncrake is a rare bird and was once on the verge of extinction, however, today the Corncrake is witnessing a revival in numbers on Mull and in particular Iona. Concrakes are difficult to spot - and you will most likely hear their distinctive call (sounds like a loud grasshopper) before you see one. If you are lucky enough to see one we would love to have you share your image with us!

There is a huge number of species on the island, and for a more in-depth look please visit mullbirds.com. A typical week on Mull can result in spoting, so get sharing those photos!

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