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Arthur's Mull Bird List 2017
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Arthur & Pam Brown, Ardrioch Farm, Dervaig, Isle of Mull, Argyll PA75 6QR
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February 2017
Feb 22nd
A six mile walk through Aros Park almost to the end of the double road and back brought little in the way of wildlife except for a White-tailed Sea Eagle. On the other hand it did a lot in the way it tired out Sally who did nothing but sleep this afternoon, It has to be said that Pam and I did not do much either. It is difficult for me to admit Pam is fitter than me now, she puts it down to pilates, I put it down to me being older but that will never change. I did take a couple of photo's on the walk as some of the views were delightful and I needed the rest.
Waterfall Aros ParkView from Aros Park
View from Aros
                                              Park church

Feb 21st
The weather was driech, windy and feeling cold but intrepid as I am I went out this morning and the first thing that I noticed was that White-tailed Sea Eagles were at their nest sites, this is not that unusual as they start laying eggs in early March. Another bird which we see more of in late February early March are Mistle Thrushes and this morning was no exception with 9 in a field near Killiechronan. I just missed a male Hen Harrier at Lagganulva but was showed a photo of it taken by a visitor just before I arrived. Remember the TV programme Bullseye? this is what I could have seen. Drat and double drat, more tomorrow.
Mistle ThrushWTSE in the rain
Feb 20th
Another mixed day weatherwise but I did manage a short time out wildlife watching and had two highlights, the first a Golden Eagle just flying into a strong breeze and just seeming to be imobile as it used the wind to dry through its wings. Secondly a group of Waders with counts of 27 Lapwings and 25 Curlews and several Oystercatchers, this is my favorite type of birding as I really like Wading birds. I took the Mini-Bus to Tobermory this morning to have stickers put on the new rear door.
Golden Eagle
                                              SilhouetteCurlew & Lapwing
Feb 19th
It is that time of year again when we have to start getting ready for our visitors. Pam has to spring clean the self-catering cottages and making sure they are equipped for all guests needs, we had the fire extinguishers all checked last week and we will be putting new batteries in all our fire alarms. I am getting the mini-bus serviced, washed, valeted and having it inspected by the council garrage in preparation for the new season. We still don't know why the council have to inspect the vehicle other than to show you have all the relevent paper work, licence, tax and insurance etc. We had a Hen Harrier fly over the garden today and Pam disturbed a Woodcock when she went to the compost heap. New birds in the garden today 3 Starlings, hardly a murmeration.
Feb 18th
Today the weather was pretty awful, low cloud, drizzle and heavy rain. It reminded me of this poem a Mull visitor sent to the Oban Times a few years ago, so for those of you who don't know it here it is.

It rained and rained, rained and rained - the average was well maintained,
When our fields were simply bogs-It started raining cats and dogs.
Then after a break of half an hour-there came a most refreshing shower.
And then the queerest thing of all-a gentle rain began to fall.

Next day was fairly dry-save for a deluge from the sky.
This wetted people to the skin-but after that the rain set in.
We wondered what's the next we'd get-as sure as fate we got more wet.
But soon we'll have a change again-and we shall have a drop of rain.     no wildlife watching today????

Feb 17th
Isn't birding wonderfull, sometimes you go out and see very little and other times you go out and see lots, well today was the former for me, yes I saw 48 species of bird but only one real wow moment and that was a male Hen Harrier which I drove p, wo wow moments, firstly a fabulous sighting of a sitting Barn Owl and then a Red Deer crossed the road in front of us and at the same time a mouse ran across the road and at the same time a Frog hopped across the road, a three in one view and that was a wow moment.
Feb 16th
Not a lot to report today as it rained all morning and I had to clear up after the builder this afternoon so I only had a short time out and about. The local pair of White-tailed Sea Eagles were sitting above their refurbished nest this evening and we saw the Kingfisher again at Dervaig. ThIs year in Chinese New Year terms must be the year of the Snowdrop, I have never seen so many since I came to live on Mull and there must be twice as many as usual in our garden.
Snowdrops and SallySnowdrops
Feb 15th
We had some unexpected and uninvited guests through the garden last night, yes the Red Deer had returned causing Sally our dog to go mental, at 1am when in a deep sleep, I was in the words of Queen Victoria " not amused." I counted 6 Deer in total through the light of my tourch and so this morning Pam and I went round our perimiter fence to find where they had got in. With the help of Sally this did not take long and after checking they had all gone out the same way I spent the afternoon Fixing the hole where the Deer got In, one for Sheila and Blake in there somewhere, oh, and that's another one and thats all from todays West Coast Story. Slighty contrived but it is what we were up to today.
Feb 14th
On a tour today in windy conditions gusting towards gale force and feeling very cold. During the day we saw 4 Golden Eagles, 3 White-tailed Sea Eagles, numerous Buzzards and Kestrels and a very close Merlin. Mammals seen included 3 Otters, some Common Seals and Red Deer, my guests were really pleased with the Otters as one was fairly close and the other two gave us great views as they played together both in and out of the water. By the end of the day we were ready to warm up as the bitingly cold wind was reaching parts other winds cannot reach even though we were all dressed correctly for the conditions.(Sorry, todays photo's are a bit fuzzy wuzzy due to the bright sun, Arthur takes all his photo's on automatic so he doesn't cater for adverse weather conditions, he just points and shoots! - Pam)
Otter fuzzy wuzzyWTSE's at Gribbon

Feb 13th
A bright, windy day and just a quick drive round the block as there were jobs to be done. There were 26 Wigeon Ducks at the head of Loch Cuin an unusually high for this species here. As well as the usual Redshanks and Greenshanks there were 25 Snipe, not a record count for me but very close. Not a lot else to report on the trip except for a very good view of a Black Throated Diver near Calgary Bay, sometimes it is not the quantity of birds seen but the quality. We had 2 Jays in the garden together this morning, the first time we have had 2 in at the same time.
Jay above nut
Feb 12th
We went for a meal in Tobermory last night with friends and on our way home we saw 2 Long Eared Owls, this is only the second time I have seen this Owl since coming to live on Mull 17 years ago. Today we went for a shorter walk than yesterday to the Salmon hatchery and found a first year Glaucous Gull amongst all the other Gulls at the outfalls another first for me on Mull this year. On the walk we saw a White-tailed Eagle flying in the distance and at Loch Na Keal there were plenty of Ducks to be found as well as the Gulls, Starlings, Turnstones, Redshanks and Hooded Crows. On the drive back home we found some Fallow Deer in the woods and later saw a close Golden Eagle flying along a ridge, all in all another good day in great weather.
Glaucous GullFallow Deer
Ben Talaidh
Feb 11th
A stroll with Sally our dog would a lovely way to enjoy this lovely sunny calm day I told Pam, to which she whole heartedly agreed, so off we set to Loch Frisa. STROLL, THIS WAS A ROUTE MARCH, very enjoyable if you want to keep fit as my heart has not pumped that hard since I can't remember when. Sally, our dog started off with a smile on her face but was very soon giving me quizzical looks as if to say what's going on? The return walk was more leisurely, it needed to be or else the over stretched health service might have had to be called in. We had an amusing sight of a pair of White-tailed Sea Eagles being attacked by a Kestrel, punching above his weight methinks. A fabulous male Hen Harrier huntng a ridge, worth the walk in itself, several Buzzards and views to die for. This afternoo ZZZzzzzzzzzzz and not a lot else??????
Tree on Loch Frisa
Feb 10th
After yesterdays big day out we stayed close to home today,  Pam suggested a walk which sounded ok until she also thought it would be a good idea if we took some bags and picked up the litter from the side of the road between our house and the Torloisk turn about 2 thirds of a mile. Do you know how much litter you can pick up in 2 thirds of a mile? A van boot full thats what, yes we had to go and fetch the van and boxes to put all the rubbish in. Why can,t people take their rubbish home? It is know wonder that sheep are lame or ill with the amount of broken bottles and plastic crisp packets we picked up. On the wildlife front our pair of White-tailed Sea Eagles seem to be making themselves at home and there were more Redshank at Dervaig today joining the Greenshanks and 22 Snipe but as a treat there was also a Grey Wagtail which was a very pleasant surprise.
Feb 9th
A dry cold breezy day and a day out with friends Andy and Helen Mortley wildlife artists from Frachadil House near Calgary, check out their artwork it is amazing. The day took us along the West coast of Mull and right down to the Ross and yes, today one of the first birds we saw was a Golden Eagle and it gave us a super view for several minutes before closing its wings and diving down towards its nest site. I managed 2 new birds for my Mull year list, Jackdaw and Skylarks, we saw 18 Skylarks at Fidden and a large flock of 700+ Starlings here as well, the largest flock of Starlings I have ever seen on Mull.
Otter eating large
                                              fishOtter shaking off
Ringed Plovers by
                                              the water
Rooks, fiels ofBen More snow peaked
Feb 8th
A cold sunny day and the birds in our garden were looking spectacular in their shiny new plumage looking its best with the sunshine on it, I think the Blue Tits look particulaly stunning. At the end of the Loch at Dervaig this afternoon it was the Little and large show, just beyond the Salmon trap for readers who know the spot was a Little Grebe nearby was a large White-tailed Sea Eagle on the smallest rock it could find to stand on, it looked precariously balanced. Closer in the Bay were 5 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers and a count of 15 very industrious Snipe.
Feb 7th
A dull damp day but I still went out on reconoitre for this years tours and saw 50 species of bird and 4 mammals, unfortunately due to the adverse conditions I did not see any Golden Eagles but I was fortunate to see a couple of Mulls rarer species in Whooper Swans and Common Scoters. There were lots of Great Northern Divers and Slavonian Grebes I also saw most of Mulls Wader species including Turnstone and Golden Plover. Redwing and Fieldfares were seen as were White-tailed Sea Eagles and a Hen Harrier hunting a hillside as I was searching for Golden Eagles. Red Deer were plentiful today and both types of Seal were seen in the water not on land it was too cold for basking but mammals of the day were a mum and cub Otter, they took some finding but worth the cold just to see them.
Whooper SwanGreat-northern Diver
Feb 6th
A garden bird day with Siskins now appearing in growing numbers, Treecreepers everyday if you are on the lookout for them and the Great Spotted Woodpeckers are now regular visitors. I counted 9 Goldfinches and 9 Greenfinches in the garden at the same time but this is minute numbers compared to the number of Chaffinches we get. Coal Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits are feeding up fast to combat the wet weather we have been getting lately. If you get the chance to see a Dunnock in your gardens please take a good look at this often overlooked little bird, it might not be the brightest bird in the garden but is worth a good look as it is quite a character in its own right.
Feb 5th
Today was all about waders, with large flocks of Lapwing, Curlews and Oystercatchers at Lagganulva Bay. It was wonderful to see them all at high tide in beautiful sunshine. We saw 14 Snipe at Dervaig and a couple of Redshank here as well, the Snipe were all probing for food as if they had not eaten for a week. Red Deer on hilltops and 3 more White-tailed Sea eagles were seen but I had to get home to watch Manchester City just get a last gasp win over Swansea on Sky television.
Lapwing and StarlingHeron on a rock
Feb 4th
A walk to the fish farm with Pam and Sally our dog and we saw 5 juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagles which disturbed all the other birds on and around the end of Loch Na Keal. A Golden Eagle was flying over the hills in the distance, master of all it surveyed. The ducks, particularly the Goldeneyes, were resplendent in their breeding plumage, then two Shelducks flew in. Two other birds of note today were a Dipper on Loch Cuin near us at Ardrioch and the Carrion Crow still visible at the Knock sewage outfalls.
Feb 3rd
Returned home and this is a photo taken from Oban, withthe hills of Mull in the background.
Oban looking
                                                towards Mull
January 2017
Jan 28th to Jan 31st
Down in Cheshire....
Jan 27th
Barn Owl box cleaning out day and 2 Barn Owls flew out one of them leaving a calling card over our friend Andy's shoulder. It is good to know we still have a pair of Barn Owls in this box which has been up now for 10 years. There is no hope for the other box which fell victim of earlier winter storms, so I have commissioned for a new one to be built. I finished strimming the orchard today and we hope at least one of the trees produces fruit this year. No sign of Brambling or Waxwing in our garden this year but we keep looking and maybe there is still time for some to appear this winter.
Cleaning Barn Owl
Jan 26th
Very windy and feeling perishingly cold and I spent a good part of the day strimming in the orchard so that the bracken around the solar panels can be more controlled in the summer. This afternoon I took Pam to look for and find the Jack Snipe. We actually saw two birds the first I nearly trod on before it flew up from under my feet. The other bird flew off from in front of Pam giving her an excellent view.
Jan 25th
Pam and I took Sally our dog on a 4 mile walk early this morning, 4 miles is about as far as her little legs will take her and Sally can't go much further either. On the walk we saw a distant Golden Eagle flying along a ridge in its territory, it is always good to see that the Eagles are still on territory in the Winter as we then know where to look out for them for our guests in the Summer. There were a few Red Deer out and about in the early morning and I took this photo of one before it crossed the road in front of us and dissapeared into the forest. Redshank, Greenshank and Snipe the usual Waders were in the bay at Dervaig and the Kingfisher is being seen there on a regular basis.
Red Deer
Jan 24th
The weather has been set fair for some time now and so I decided to go and look for Crossbills, I went for a walk at Fishnish and discovered the trees on one side of the forest track had been felled, less trees for Crossbills which I failed to find but I got views I had never seen before. On my way home I saw 3 Golden Eagles, this is a majestic, iconic, bird that should be on any wildlife watchers must see in the wild list. I am very fortunate to see this bird on a regular basis living on Mull as I do, but even though I see them often I am still in awe of this bird.
Jan 23rd
A fun day today, NOT, I had to visit the dentist for more root treatment, now it only, ONLY, has to be capped.  As I could not feel most of my face after the treatment even I did not feel like wildlife watching. Our dentist is retiring at the end of February, Hoorah, seriously though Mr Price has been a dentist on Mull for 30 years and we have been very lucky to have had such a good dentist and I wish him all the best in his retirment.
Jan 22nd
It was the day after the great party of last night, yes you can get too much of a good thing. Was it worth it? too right it was but as they say you must pay for your pleasure and I am paying today, now where are the paracetamols. We had a great view of a Tawny Owl in a tree in our garden this evening, another bird for the Mull year list.
Jan 21st
A quiet day with little or no birding, getting the body and mind ready for a party at friends next door. I did go out to feed the birds in our garden and took a photo of some of the Snowdrops in the garden and then spotted this Primrose growing out of some sheltered rocks near the house. It is January the 21st and Primroses are appearing and the esteemed new American president is going to bring back coal mining, so much for our childrens futures and that of wildlife in general.
SnowdropsPrimrose peeping
Jan 20th
A day birding with friends Alan 'Mullbirds' Spellman and Jaquie Murphy and although it was cold we had a very nice day out. Contrary to some oppinions on Mull, 8  Meadow Pipits were seen with a Grey Wagtail in water by a manure tip which was really welcome as the rest of this area near Fidden was almost bird free and it used to be a fantastic winter visiting site. We had some good views of Rooks and 5 Tufted Ducks but sighting of the day were Common Scoters, we saw three in total with two fairly close, close enough to see the yellow bills. Pam's home made, very hot, Tomato soup was very welcome as were her spotting skills. In the day we had a brilliant Golden Eagle sighting, 2 White-tailed Sea Eagles and 4 Otters but it was really just a birding day with mates, I can't wait for the next one.
RooksCommon Scoter
Jan 19th
Yesterday the Yellowhammer came to our garden for the first time this year, today it was the Jay putting in a guest appearance. This morning Pam and I went at high tide to look for Purple Sandpipers at Lainne Sgier and were lucky to spot one, even though it was very tricky to find, in the end after it realised it had been spotted it came out to give us good views. Our White-tailed Sea Eagle flew very close over Pam's head this morning nearly causing an eclipse and then she saw the local Sparrowhawk. At Cailaich Point this afternoon I saw a Merlin, the second one in a week, pretty good going, well at least I think it is. To complete a great day I saw 8 Common Snipe at Cailaich and then what I had gone to see a Jack Snipe took off right in front of me, yep another Wow moment.
Jan 18th
A walk round Aros Park this morning yielded little in the way of wildlife except for Goldeneye and Mallards on the Loch and a party of Long Tailed Tits, and Blue Tits in the trees. Back at Ardrioch we had a Yellowhammer return to the garden providing us with a bit of colour and me a new bird for my year list. Pam put her scope up in the bedroom and watched our local White-tailed Sea Eagle sitting out the drizzle. In the afternoon I went out and dug a hole, boring I know but it had to be done.
Jan 17th
Pam had a group of ladies round this afternoon so I took Sally out for another mud bath, this time we went to Calgary and the walk to and beyond the pier. Although there was little in the way of wildlife there were 2 Great Northern Divers in the Bay and a White-tailed sea Eagle flew across the Bay in front of us. I took a picture of this Great Black Backed Gull and another of the Bay itself. On arriving back home the mudpack that had once been our dog was put in quarantine to protect the furnature, isn't it great the way dogs clean themselves up, she must be getting really soft skin, watch out Olay.
GBB GullCalgary Bay from the
Jan 16th
An early morning drive out in the mist and drizzle was rewarded with a sighting of a Barn Owl on a post by the road looking very miserable. I had a very good sighting of a female Hen Harrier just across the road this morning as I was taking Sally, our dog for a mud bath, it was supposed to be for a walk but it is so wet and muddy at the moment she changed colour. I saw one of our local wrens this morning another bird on my Mull year list. I took a photo of a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Blackbird, both in our garden.
Blackbird in gardenGS Woodpecker in the
Jan 15th
A warm, calm day with drizzle rain all day. In spite of the rain we went out with friends for a 3 hour trip around the middle of the Island. A total of 4 Otters were seen including a mother with 2 cubs, Red Deer and Seals were also seen through the misty conditions. 2 White-tailed Sea Eagles were also seen with corvids probably on a carcase. There were two really good sightings today, the first a Merlin sitting on telegraph wires and then hunting, chasing small waders at an estuary, a fantastic sighting and worth going out in poor weather. The other good sighting was of a Pink Footed Goose in a field with Greylags, look for the smaller Goose with the dark head in the photograph.
Pink-foot amongst
                                              Greylag Geese
Jan 14th
A lovely calm day with no rain, perfect conditions for the Mull bird club bird count. A total of 81 birds were seen in north and central Mull which was one up on last year when the whole of Mull was covered. I got 7 new birds for my Mull year list including the Dervaig Kingfisher, in our team we also saw White-tailed Sea Eagle, Golden Eagle, 2 Hen Harriers, Red Deer and 3 Otters and some Porpoise, the last three did not count in the total. Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrest were good spots as was Pam's Ringed Plover spot but my favorite sighting of the day was the large flock of Golden Plover. Bird of the day had to be Grey Plover not seen by us but a very good find on Mull.
Shag on a bouy
Jan 13th
Friday the 13th is considered unlucky in some quarters and it certainly was for our local Barn Owls as one of the trees with the boxes in fell down in last nights gales, if the box can be saved we will re-site it. On a trip round bird activity was in short supply and the tide miles out but there were 4 juvenile White-tailed Sea Eagles on the beach at Killiechronan. Today in the garden it was a party for the Chaffinches with over 120 in attendance, as always there were also a few gate crashers.
Barn Owl box after
                                              galesBarn Owl box still
Jan 12th
Sleet and snow, wind and rain and then gales what more could you ask for on a January day in Scotland. The birds in our garden were really grateful for our feeders today and there were at least 80 Chaffinches at one time but no Brambling as yet. We saw our first Starlings of the year today as we had to go to Tobermory and there were some going to roost at Balisgate. We came home, battened down the hatches and waited for the overnight storms, we certainly got one but fortunately no snow at Dervaig. The photo is of Ben More taken from Reudle showing the snow line through the sleet.
Ben More in the
Jan 11th
Winter is approaching, today it is cold, wet and very windy and I spent the morning digging a hole to get to my neighbours water pipe. I found the joint and got the experts in, my mates from across the fields, one of whom is a retired heating engineer and we managed to fix the the problem and now my neighbour has got water again. If you are wondering why she did not get our local water authority in,  it is because we all have a private water supply on our side of the Loch. 
Jan 10th
I was going to have a good day birding today before the Winter weather returns but my neighbour was having water problems again so I spent the morning trying to put it right. We have found the problem and tomorrow we will hopefully get it repaired. This afternoon I managed an hours birding before dusk and although I did not see a lot I did get a good sighting of a male Hen Harrier hunting. We had 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the garden at the same time today, it is the first time we have had two at the same time as far as I can recollect.
Jan 9th
We went to Tobermory today and saw a Black Guilliemot in the bay another new bird for my Mull year list. I had an idea in my head that I had a dentist appointment for Thursday this week but it was actually today, so I missed it, I don't like doing that as it costs the health service and I was in Tobermory. It was a genuine mistake but I can have no excuses.
Jan 8th
Another driech day and a drive over the hill road to Torlooisk and then Ulva and on to Knock and a walk with Sally, our Sheltie, to the Salmon hatchery sewage outfalls. Nine new birds for my Mull year list today taking my year list to 63 birds and you can find all I have seen on my Mull Bird List 2017. Highlights today were Red Grouse, Turnstones and a Carrion Crow, they were all new for the year. We also saw some good Duck flocks including Golden eye and Teal.
Teal at KnockCarion Crow at Knock
Goldeneye at
Turnstone at
Jan 7th
Drizzle and driech but we took the dog for a walk to Calgary. In the sea were 2 Divers, one a Great Northern and the other a Black-throated, a good bird to find so early in the season. There were 24 Snipe, an unusually hight count at Dervaig along with the usual Redshanks and Greenshanks. Today we saw Ringed Plover for the first time this ear and a Great spotted Woodpecker was seen on the nut feeders in the garden. As I write this blog we are hearing a Tawny Owl in the trees near the road.
Snipe singleSnipe lots of
Common Gulls Cuin
Jan 6th
A Cautionary Tale
Bumped the van last September, if you can all remember
Damaged the rear door and fender, so took it to the fender mender

New door and fender for my dough, but to my horror no back window.
None the less I shelved my doughts, closed the door, the window fell out.

No-one would accept the blame, which I thought was quite a shame,
Temper lost, like my hair, the insurance agreed to the repair.

Although we had to cry and moan, today we fetched the van back home.
3 months of fall-outs and of mix-ups, the van is now completly fixed-up.
Jan 5th
Today was a very good day both weatherwise and also for wildlife watching. Mammals seen were Rabbits in our garden, several Red Deer on the hillsides, 3 Fallow Deer and 3 Otters at seperate sites, not bad methinks. Birds seen were a Golden Eagle interacting with 2 Buzzards and another one seen at one of our hotspots being chased by an unconfirmed bird of prey. Other notable bird sightings were Barnacle Geese on Inch Kenneth, an Iceland Gull on Loch Na keal, Long Tailed Tits and Whimbrel at Salen, Golden Plover and Bar Tailed Godwits at Killiechronan and a Stonechat at Ulva Ferry. I could have taken some good photos today but when I took out my camera I remembered I had not taken the battery out of the charger so my camera was as usefull as a chocolate fireguard.
Jan 4th
A welcome home fly past by a White-tailed Sea Eagle got the day off to a great start this morning and this was shortly followed by a visit to our garden by a very active Treecreeper. On my way up to check our water supply I nearly bumped into a Woodcock but it took off just before I strod on it scaring me half to death. We got reaquainted with some of our regular garden species today and saw Goldeneye, Red Breasted Mergansers, Wigeon and Greenshank on a walk down to the Loch. This afternoon we went out to lunch at the Bellachroy in the village with more guests who have become friends and Mull regulars, Jeff and Debs Steed, what a lovely way to spend our first afternoon back on Mull. Congratulations to Anthony and Christine from the Bellachroy who have got into the Michelin good food guide, well done and well deserved.
Red breasted


car parking
passing places
1.     Do not park in passing places – It is an offence and you could be fined. 
2.     Allow overtaking, (use your rear view mirrors) – it is illegal not to let a faster vehicle past you within 4 passing places or when it is safe to do so.
3.   When meeting on coming traffic always pull into the left, When the passing place is on your right, stop opposite the passing place and let the on-coming vehicle use the passing place to go round you. Going into passing places on your right may cause an accident.
4.    If you have just passed a passing place, reverse back into the passing place and then the vehicle coming towards you can pass safely. Avoid going off onto the verges at it can ruin the road edges and verges which then cost a lot to maintain and could seriously damage your vehicle.
5.  Remember not all road users are on holiday many are going about their daily business and that speeding vehicle could be a doctor or vet going to an emergency.

dog walking
and sheep

1. When walking on the hills keep dogs on a lead particularly between March to June which is the peak lambing period. Sheep run away from strange dogs even if they don’t chase them and lambs can lose their mothers in this way and become more vulnerable to predation.
2. Avoid going near cattle with calves as mothers are very protective of their young and will often attack strange dogs.
3. Do not to let your dogs disturb wildlife, particularly ground nesting birds. It is an offence not to control your dog.
4. From August, to October first check whether Deer stalking is operating on any hills on the day you intend to walk them.
5. Do not pick up lambs that you think are injured or lost – please report it to the nearest farmer you see and they will take care of it, in most cases mothers are able to find their own lambs.


Photographers are now one of the main causes of wildlife disturbance on Mull. Knowingly disturbing wildlife is an offence against the wildlife and country act and ignorance of the act is not an acceptable excuse.
We encourage photographers and  many join us on our tours, we do however promote good use of field craft and keep disturbance to an absolute minimum. 
Digi-scoping is used for most of the pictures that we post on our web site as this allows us to take photographs at a distance and does not disturb the wildlife.
A government issued license is required to get close to eagles and other protected birds and wildlife.
Please practise the Countryside code and then you and your dogs can enjoy everything Mull has to offer in complete harmony with landowners, farmer’s animals and wildlife

Pam & Arthur Brown
Ardrioch Farm, Dervaig
Isle of Mull
Argyll, PA75 6QR
Mail box
01688 400415
07780 600367

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