Eagles on the Isle of Mull
Even Greater Heights
(Haliaeetus albicilla) has attained iconic
status on the Isle of Mull, thanks to the determined action of
both conservationists and local volunteers keen to see this magnificent raptor once again
hunting and soaring over the islandís sea lochs and mountains.
Until the late 19th century, the White-tailed Eagle was a more
common sight than the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) in parts of
North and West Scotland. On account of its enormous size and
raucous cries it was a familiar sight (and sound) around its
largely coastal domain.
After a prolonged period of persecution during Victorian times,
when large numbers of the areaís birds of prey were shot for
trophies, poisoned or had their eggs stolen, the White-tailed
Eagle was finally exterminated as a British breeding species in
As a result of a successful re-introduction programme that took
place on the neighbouring Inner Hebridean island of Rum between
1975 Ė 1985, the Isle of Mull has become a fortress of
White-tailed Eagle activity, as the new fledgling population of
these impressive birds matures and expands.
In 2012, 13 pairs of White-tailed Eagles successfully nested around Mullís
indented coastline, raising a record 18 chicks, attracting thousands of wildlife-friendly
tourists, thus generating a very healthy economic
return for the
This website has been created in order
to celebrate the re-establishment of the White-tailed Eagle on
the Isle of Mull. As a non-profit making enterprise, these pages
acknowledge the major role that these birds continue to play in
the well-being of the eco-tourism industry on the island. As
such, there are very few people whose lives on the island have
not been affected in a positive manner by the successful
re-introduction of the White-tailed Eagle to these shores.
The authors' rely on the
generosity and goodwill of individuals and organisations in
providing up-to-date information,
in order to make this web-site as interesting and informative as
possible. If you have any photographs or information that you
feel would further enhance any of the following pages,
please do not hesitate to get in touch. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for your assistance, but
can guarantee that you will be afforded suitable accreditation
as part of a well-used web-site that continues to receive critical acclaim.