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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
Tel: 01688 400415 or 07780 600367          Check out our Self Catering cottages web site
July 2017
Some photo's taken on Arthurs last tour.
Otter looking at usFallow Deer stag
Linnet flyingSlow worm
July 26th
We have grandchildren coming up for a week from Devon so there will be no more blogs until the end of August as after the week with our Devon family we are going down to Cheshire to see my dad and look after the Cheshire grandchildren whilst their mum and dad are at work. Thanks to Pete and Jenny for their help with house sitting and for doing the self-catering cottage changeovers whilst we are away. You are a couple of stars as we could not manage without you and it means we can be at our Grandsons Chritening, a family wedding and spend time with my  Dad.  The blog will return on 31st August after our first tour which is booked for the 30th. We wish all our readers a very good summer and look forward to bringing you more Mull news on our return.
You can still email or ring us for tour and self-catering bookings for this year and next year, please ring on the mobile phone after 6th August
July 25th
A day off to do some fetching and carrying before I put my feet up this afternoon. Pam, well she went sea swimming again, perish the thought???
July 24th
A beautiful day today and as if a White-tail Eagle sitting proudly out on a close island was not enough a second one flew in legs hanging down like an airoplanes landing gear and landed next to the first, they looked towards each other calling loudly before the first one shuffled closer to the second bird for a bit of loving. On the next island along an Otter decided to put in a very brief appearance, staying only just long enough for all my guests to see it through the telescope. The Common and Grey Seals were all streched out around all these goings on just enjoying the sunshine. Later a Golden Eagle was seen flying along a ridge and 2 Hen Harriers came up from the ground together interacting before seperating to go hunting, one eventually came and gave us really close views. 2 very unusul sightings today a large pink flamingo (a blow-up plastic boat containing a couple of young children enjoying the sunshine in Calgary Bay) and a huge, very low flying Nimrod Airoplane which went right over the bus, (quite scary) and flying off down Loch Frisa.
July 23rd
A tour in very warm weather which meant finding wildlife a little harder than it is in cooler conditions which is why we have been so lucky with our sightings this year. Back to today and the highlight had to be a brilliant Golden Eagle seen after lots of time looking, it was definitely a case of persevering paying off and I was delighted for my guests. 2 Red Throated Divers was another sighting that was special and I in particular was pleased with the views they gave us as this is a bird I have a lot of affection for. Otter was seen as were White-tailed Sea Eagles and both types of Seal although the Golden Eagle apart I think my guests were most thrilled with the Slow Worm we saw when looking for Hen Harrier which only some of my guests saw.
July 22nd
Whilst doing my self-catering cleaning I looked up and saw our 2 fledgeling White-tail Eagle chicks flying together over their nest trees, good to see them and expect they will soon be flying over the house. Our guests had left the houses nice and clean so I was able to get a lovely swim in this afternoon. Whilst out and about Arthur managed to get a couple of photo,s of another juvinile WTSE, probably a first year by the one white feather in it's tail.
                                juvWTSE juvinile
July 21st
A tour today and once again we had a great Otter sighting which pleased our guests as did the Hen harrier seen in the morning at our first stop. Both types of Eagle were seen as were Red Deer and Seals but my day was highlighted by 3 very good sightings of Swifts, the first I have seen on Mull for a couple of years, wildlife watching you never know what you might see. 3 Red Throated Divers seen today were also well appreciated by our guests as were the diving Gannets and for me to complete a memorable day a lovely male Linnet.
Otter in waterOtter coming out
July 20th
It was a beautiful day and what was I doing? mowing lawns that's what. When I had finished my shirt was literally stuck to my back, the lawns look good though.
Wildflowers and Butterfly 
July 19th
DAM, Dam, Dam, I worked on the dam this morning, here are some pictures. This afternoon I cut the drive hedge on my side as it was growing across the drive, thanks to Pam for helping pick up the cuttings, it would have taken all night on my own. We do not own a hedge cutter, only clippers, Voltarol for my shoulders and arms please Pam. 
Dam 1Dam 2Dam 3
July 18th
Just every now and then you have a day to forget, today was one of them so I will forget it, apologies to our guests but thanks to the White-tailed Sea Eagle at the end of the day which saved my bacon.

July 17th
nuff said
July 16th
A tour today and we had fantastic Otter sightings of 3 Otters in total, to give you some idea of how good this sighting was check out the photo's below and yes before you start thinking they must have been taken by someone else, I can tell you it was all my work, that's how good the sighting was. We also had good Golden and White-tailed Eagle sightings, both types of Deer and Seal and a good, if distant, Hen Harrier. At Cailaich Point we saw Manx Shearwater, Gannets and Guilliemots as well as the Highland Cattle with their calves. Other notable birds seen today were Wheatear, Stonechat, Arctic Tern and Red Breasted Merganser with ducklings.
Otter good pic
Otters 3Otter seen us
July 15th
It Rained, It Poured, It came down in torents, It rained Cats and Dogs, It was monsoon like without the heat, what can you do in weather like that?
July 14th
A day off so although Pam objected I mowed the big lawn, I had seen the forecast for tomorrow. This evening we went to the Bellachroy for out 44th wedding aniversary and had a great meal once again.
Highland calves
July 13th
Another lovely day at least until lunchtime and the day started really well with a fabulous view of a female Hen Harrier at our first stop. The morning went on well as at our second stop we saw Ravens, Mallards (yes we do look for everything that is wildlife) and a lovely Sand Martin on wires above a Loch. White-tailed Sea Eagle with chick at next stop proved a winner with my guests as did the Siskins in our garden as we stopped for our first comfort break. Curlew, Buzzards and Red Deer followed an it was only coffee break time. The afternoon was much slower although we had a great sighting of a White-tailed Eagle flying before the weather began to deterioate. Common Seal with new pup proved a winner more so than the comatose Otter lying asleep on a rock after a good lunch, it did move once to prove it was an Otter, and alive, my guests were very pleased to see it if a little underwhelmed that it was asleep, sometimes the wildlife does not help me out at all, at least it turned up which could not be said of the Golden Eagles which on this occasion we missed out on.
WTSE flying

July 12th
What a beautiful day for a tour and everything came out to play. The Golden Eagle was sitting on the hill preaning it's self, White-tail Eagles were flying everywhere and the Otter, when we eventually found it, was having a good old roll in the seaweed before going back into the water to hunt. Lots of Red deer and a single Fallow Deer, Common Seals and calves all enjoying the lovely weather but the special sighting of the day was male and female Hen Harrier interacting with each other high in the sky (look low to the ground for Hen harrier I had just told my guests) before the male flew away and the female pulled her wings in and swooped down low to hunt the fields right in front of us - magical.
July 11th
No tour today at the dentists again, and the crown did not fit, Again, I always knew I wasn't fit for royalty??? I took these pictures of some of our regular garden birds when I got home and then back to one of my other companions, my Strimmer.

Rock DoveSally in the garden
Chaffinch with curious baby BlackbirdYellowhammer in the garden
Blue Tit babyRabbit
July 10th
Today I found out that Golden Eagles can be a bit like buses, you wait for one all day and then 4 come along almost at the same time. Once again like a very poor gunfighter from the wild west I went for my camera after one of the closest Eagles had decided to move away. In the case of the male Hen Harrier seen in the morning the view was so good I never even cosidered getting out the camera as I was so engrossed in the sighting. The Otter sighting today was very close but short as the Otter came in and did what Otters do best dissapeared. White-tailed Sea Eagles seen in most areas and the chick had to be the stand out, well it was standing well out from the nest on a branch, it won't be long now before it takes the leap of faith.
July 9th
The weather forecast was half right today, there was to be no rain and no wind, well there was no wind but it rained all day. We saw 5 Otters today, yes that is right 5 Otters, we also saw 6 White-tailed Sea Eagles and chick standing beside the nest although it has not fledged yet it was probably drier where it was standing than in the nest. A Golden Eagle was seen looking fed up with its back to the rain and 2 Hen Harriers a distant one and a really good close male. Of the 52 bird species seen today the standouts were, Common Scoter, Red Throated and Great Northern Divers, Goosander with tiny ducklings, Manx Shearwaters, Puffin and Gannets. Mammals seen were both types of Seal including babies with their Common Seal mums, Otters mentioned earlier and Red Deer hinds, stags and calves although my favorite was the lovely Fallow Deer in the picture below.
Fallow Deer
July 8th
No birding today, no time, what with the water supply to clean through as we are having a water sample test on Thursday and after the recent monsoons there was peat in the water which although not harmfull doesn't look good. Lawns to mow as I could not do them in the week due to heavy rain and then I valeted the inside of the mini-bus as we were told it wasn't going to rain much in the coming week, read tomorrows blog.
July 6th
Another short blog as I can't get my head around this bl....dy computer. After 3 weeks of a lost filling it was filled today so as well as computer problems I have been enduring tooth problems. Thank goodness for my guests and the brilliant wildlife and my long suffering wife.
July 5th
All the main species seen on a lovely sunny day. The Common Seals were showing well with some very newly born young and Red Deer with a new calf, the Otter was distant but seen both rolling around on land and swimming but we had to wait until the end of the day for our highlight, 2 Golden Eagles very close being mobbed by a kestrel who was then joined by 2 Hen Harriers, one of which was flying very high in the sky giving us a splendid display for around 5 minutes, one of my guests was getting serious arm ache holding up her binoculars for so long. 
July 4th
Only 2 guests on the tour today as 3 cancelled and they missed a great day wildlife watching with all Mulls specialities seen. I will leave it at that today as we are experiencing serious computer problems and I might well be the cause of it.

July 3rd
Whoopee, a day without rain and Mulls big stuff loved it. We started off with Red Deer stags, hinds and calves were to follow, then 2 White-tailed Sea Eagles and one took off giving us great views and showing its size really well. A couple of miutes later and a view, not great this time of a male Hen Harrier, then it was on to the Seals with calves. By now we were running late which was not helped by 3 Otters at our next stop, these kept my guests busy for enough time to have morning coffee. We left the Otters and a short time later we were watching 3 Golden Eagles, two of them talon grasping, then one landed and we got great views through the scope. I looked at my watch and it was nearly 1pm, lunch time and we had only travelled 14 miles and were 12 miles from my usual lunch spot, so we took lunch with the Golden Eagles. Although I tried to play catch up I was still an hour late arriving home, don't blame me, blame Mulls magnificent wildlife.
July 2nd
If you thought yesterdays weather sounded poor todays was worse, rain and wind for most of the day. My guests were to put it mildly not looking to see much in the way of wildlife, in the event considering the conditions they had a fairly good day.I must say it was not looking promising when as we were travelling along we spotted what turned out to be 3 Hares in a newly harvested field, only the 2nd time we have had Hare on a tour this year. We then had a very good sighting of 10 Goosanders, yes I know they are Ducks and this was the weather for them. In the rest of the day during brief rain breaks we managed to miraculously see Red Deer with calves, Common Seal with new Pups, a Golden Eagle, 3 White-tailed Sea Eagles, Kestrel and Buzzards and Buzzard chicks. Other sightings worth a mention, Black Guilliemot, Red Throated Diver, Guilliemot, Gannet and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen on our peanut feeders as we drank afternoon tea and ate Pam's cakes in the comfort and warmth of the kitchen at Ardrioch.

Hares in a fieldGoosander
July 1st
A typical Mull summers day warm with lovely sunshine ( in your dreams Arthur ) in reality wet, windy and cosidering the time of year very cold. On the upside I could not get out to do the lawn mowing but had to content myself with looking at my Golden Eagle picture and recall the sighting of yesterday. As I was picturing the Goldie in my head Pam interupted my thoughts as we had problems in the Sheiling, a light bulb had gone and the cold water tap in the bath was not working properly, there is no rest for the wicked they say. However with help from my friend and next door neighbour a retired heating engineer the problems were soon both resolved.

June 2017
June 30th
It was a day that Golden Eagles took centre stage with the one in the photo below being the iceing on the cake, it had to be my best Golden Eagle sighting of the year and in my top 10 sightings ever. The day started with a Golden Eagle being mobbed by 2 Hen Harriers and then a Buzzard joined in, there were two other good Goldie sighting before the show stopper towards the end of the day. I could tell you about the rest of the day but that would be an injustice to the fantastic bird that is the Golden Eagle.
Golden Eagle flying in the mist
June 29th
Although it was very windy today the rain managed to stay off until 3pm when the heavens opened and we came back to Ardrioch for afternoon tea. We saw a Golden Eagle bringing in prey to the nest but it did not hang around for long although it gave us great views before going behind the hill and out of the wind. White-tailed Sea Eagles, Kestrel and lots of Buzzards were seen well and we saw a very good Otter. Small birds seen included Whinchat, Stonechat, Bullfinch, Wheatear, Whitethroat and my favorites Linnets. On the wader front we saw 2 Greenshank at different locations today.
June 28th
As we had some appointments to go to today we did not have a tour but on our travels we saw this Red Breasted Merganser with new ducklings. The photo shows how quickly they learn to follow Mums lead, unfortunately they only scored seven out of ten for their synchrnised swimming routine as one of the chicks was a little bit like corporal Jones of dad's army fame and a little behind the rest. There is always one that lets you down.
Red-breasted Merganzer with ducklings
June 27th
No tour today as I was catching up on gardening as it did not rain after lunch, so I thought I would tell readers the tale of the White-tailed sea Eagles at Killiechronan this year. It was all going swimmingly, the eggs had hatched and their new family was doing well, all was well in their world. One day the male went out hunting and was accosted by a young White-tailed Eagle and as is their inclination a fight ensued. It was a good scrap by all accounts from someone who witnessed it but as in all fights there are winners and losers and in this one the younger bird prevailed and killed the resident male. This had dire consequences for the female and her chicks, as a single parent she could not feed and protect the young chicks so they died.         (Small space for cries of horror). As you can imagine the female bird was quite distraught at this turn of events, not only had she lost her lifetime partner but also her new family. However there is a happy ending to this tragic tale, within days the female had got over her trauma and taken up with the new virile victor.             (longer pause for your obvious cries of heartless hussy). The picture below shows the hussy in a tree above the bird killer, now we know who wears the trousers in this new relationship or could it be a case of sleeping with the enemy. Who needs soap operas we have it here on Mull in the real wildlife world.
WTSE fickle female
June 26th
It almost felt like summer today, 15 degrees celcius and no wind, it was quite balmy. The birds certainly enjoyed it with over 50 species seen well and we also saw 6 mammals. We are seeing more and more Common Seal with calves now always an Ah moment when ladies see baby anything but you know they are enjoying themselves. Other ah moments today, the fast growing Buzzard and White-tailed Sea Eagle chicks which showed particularly well again today. Little birds in abundance with Stonechat, Bullfinch, Redpoll and Whitethroat being the standouts. Otter seen very well today as were 4 Fallow Deer and Red Deer stags but it was Golden Eagles that proved the bird of the day as lots of them came out to enjoy a bit of warmth.
Golden Eagle on hillsideWhitethroat
June 25th
What makes a great day out, keen guests who want to see wildlife that does not have to be in the palm of your hand, who enjoy a laugh and have oodles of patience, today was a great day out. One of my guests requested Hen Harrier and we saw one a male, it was not too close but it gave us a good view for about a minute, I got a handshake for that sighting. Two of my guests both ladies and good wildlife watchers had never seen Otters in the wild, we saw 2 a mother and cub and they were a long way off but perfectly visible in the scopes and they gave us a great show for over 20 minutes. I got hugs and kisses for that sighting and not a single moan that they could have been closer. We saw White-tailed Eagles, Kestrel, Bullfinch and Spotted Flycatcher Lesser Redpoll and many other little birds and on the Mammal front a Common Seal suckling its mother and my first Red Deer calves of the year. It was the Golden Eagle that proved illusive due to the continued autumnal mid-summer weather we are induring, heavy showers and high winds and cold, we had to wait 50 minutes at our last Eagle stop to see a Golden Eagle which we did, not close but all my guests saw it for about 5 minutes and were absolutely delighted, today was what wildlife watching is all about, it was a priviledge to take you all out. Todays photo is of a juvenile Cormorant which was close enough to photograph.
Cormorant Juvenile
June 24th
It was a very sad day at Ardrioch today, our friends Sue and Jerry went home and a young Woodpecker flew into the office window and died instantly. This was a very sad occurance as we have watched this bird becoming more independent over the last few days and it was a joy to see it regularly coming to the feeders. On a happier note there were heavy showers at regular intervals today, they lasted long enough and often enough to prevent me from being able to mow the lawns, yeah. We have Swallows nesting in our big shed and I managed to get some photo's.
Swallows in the nestSwallow babies
June 23rd
A very windy and mixed day of weather which started well with a lovely Yellowhammer in our garden. Pam did the tour and saw all of the Mull main species including a female Hen Harrier seen as she was waiting for roadworks to clear, first problems with Knock Bridge now roadworks which should have been completed last week, oh joy. I took our friends out to try and find Short Eared Owl and much to their delight and my relief we did see a pair, the sighting was very good but they could have stuck around for a little bit longer as it was perishing cold looking for them. We had a good meal with our Cheshire friends and Jaqui and Mike from Enjoy Mull at the Glen Forsa Hotel this evening, it was a lovely evening full of laughter.
June 22nd
Hi ho hi ho its back to work I go and after the deluge of yesterday the wildlife was really playing ball, at one of my stops we had 2 White-tailed Sea Eagles sitting around, just chilling before taking off as if they were going somewhere, flew 100 yards, turned back and landed to resume chilling, I don't know what that was all about. At the same time A Golden Eagle flew in and landed in full view and hadn,t left the spot when we did, maybe it was a day just for chilling. It wasn,t for us for while we were watching all this Eagle inaction an Otter came out and started fishing, it caught a lot of fish in a relatively short time before it disappeared. " Where has it gone"? someone said, probably chilling I thought. 
June 21st
Thunder bolts and lightening very very frightening, not really but it rhymes, it also poured with rain at times, why am I not complaining about the weather you may be asking, well its because we were in Glengorm tearooms with friends who are staying with us. Whilst it was all happening outside we were inside enjoying great Crab sandwiches, well three of us were Pam doesn't eat Crab, watching the weather with smug expressions on our faces thinking it was a good day not to be doing a tour.
June 8th to June 20th
June the eighth will go down as a day when everything went wrong, well actually 3 things went wrong, first I had a flat tyre on the mini-bus and discovered I needed 4 new tyres, big bill. The motherboard went on the computer hence no blog, so we needed a new computer,big bill. Then the iron broke down as Pam was ironing, new iron required, little bill. This explains why there has been no blog postings for a fortnight so I will give you a brief catch up. It RAINED, yes for the first 10 days we had rain in all its guises, torrential, just heavy, light, drizzle, low cloud and mist, showers, suffice to say the dam runneth over. A lot of fledglings in our garden died of being waterlogged which was tragic, some friends left early as they were sure if they didn't the Arc would be full. On the wildlife front the midges love this weather and little birds are being seen again as their first broods have fledged. We are seeing more Otters and Golden Eagles now with 2 Otters and 4 Golden Eagles seen well on todays tour. Last but by no means least, Knock Bridge opened again on Friday the 16th on time and they have done a great job on it. The photos are of an adult and baby Great Spotted Woodpeckers on one of our feeders and lovely Whinchat, a bird seen a lot on the tours this year.
Woodpecker Dad & babyWhinchat
June 7th
Today was a Golden Eagle fest with 7 birds seen and all really good sightings, 2 of my guests were really pleased as this was the one bird they had yet to see on Mull this holiday. The Buzzard chicks being fed by its parents was another highlight and we saw White-tailed Sea Eagles but not in anything like the numbers of the Goldies and I can't say that often. Very good close views of both types of Seal today giving my guests very good comparisons betwen the two species. No Otter today, Pam saw them all yesterday, will I ever hear the last of it?
Buzzard hovering
June 6th
It is always a good day when you get an Otter at your first stop and it's an even better day when you get another at the second stop. The weather was cold, wet and windy all day, and so sitting and flying White-tail Eagle at our coffee stop was also good to see. No Golden Eagles as was expected at lunch time, still in the rain, but some lovely small birds including Linnet, Wheatear, Swallow, House and Sand Martins. Later we were suprised by a flying Golden Eagle and even more suprised when we found another 2 Otters. My guests were pleased to have afternoon tea and cakes in our warm kitchen whilst watching our garden birds. At last it stopped raining and on the way home we had male and female Hen Harrier to finish off the day.
June 5th
A great tour today even if at one stop it was warm and Midgy and at the next cold and windy, it was like the Hokey Kokey, put your best coat on take your best coat off, me I just stayed in my shirt and short sleeved jacket and nearly froze to death, numpty that I am. Over 50 species of birds were seen with a total of 6 White-tailed Sea Eagles and 2 Golden Eagles, 2 Hen Harriers and several Buzzards. We had diving Gannets, a lovely Kittiwake, Wheatear, Stonechat, Whinchat and Tree Pipit. On the Mammal front, both types of Seal, Red Deer and Rabbits. In our garden at a comfort break Coal Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellowhammer and Siskins were the highlights prompting one guest to say we could stay here all day. One guest wanted Orchids so we got her some seeing Dipper and Grey Wagtail at the same spot and at the end of a lovely day I took this photo of a beautiful male Red Breasted Merganser. Now I am off for a hot bath and hot toddy to ward off pneumonia.
Red-breasted Merganzer maleNorthern Marsh Orchid
WTSE & Corvids
June 4th
Today I had to re-gig the tour as it was the Isle of Mull Bike Ride with between 300 and 400 cyclists taking part. Meeting 10 or a dozen on normal tours can be fraught but 300+ not on your nelly ( apologies to anyone called Nelly who reads this blog ). So today was as much about cyclist avoidance as wildlife watching. In the event we saw 2 very good Hen Harriers, 2 White-tailed Sea Eagles, a Golden Eagle, Red Deer, Common Seals, Eider Duck with ducklings see photo, Grey Wagtail, Whinchat, Lesser Redpoll, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Skylark, Buzzard with chicks amongst a total of 50 bird species seen during a fruitfull day. We only had to overtake about 10 bikes and one of them three times and on each occasion the rider was off the bike. Is this why they are called push bikes?
Aros bridgeEider Duck
                            & 2 ducklings
June 3rd
No tour today as we work changing over in the 2 self-catering cottages and keeping the garden tidy for the self-catering guests and the birds. Although both of us were very busy we decided to count the birds we could see from within the house and garden during the day. In total we saw 22 species of birds including White-tailed Sea Eagle and Buzzard flying over with Great Spotted Woodpecker, Siskins, Chaffinches, and Blackbirds all with young now coming into the garden with their parents. Unusual garden sighting 2 Grey Herons flew over, looked around and then flew back again. We also have lots of Rabbits and for younger readers lots of little Bunnies.
June 2nd
Mulls main species performed in spectacular fashion today with a wonderful sighting of a female Hen Harrier hunting and then perched. It can't start better than that I thought, oh yes it could, as 2 Golden Eagles and a Buzzard came out to play giving us a special display. On to my White-tailed Eagle nest and sure enough both adult birds were there, the tour was only an hour in and Mulls main bird species had all been seen. A comfort stop at Ardrioch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was on the feeders along with Siskins and Lesser Redpoll. At coffee time we saw Gannets, Guilliemots
Kittiwakes and Shags and an inquisitive Grey Seal. Red Deer and Buzzards nest with 2 chicks, a male Hen Harrier and a great Kestrel sighting after lunch but the Otter which one of my guests desperately wanted to see remained absent. Two more White-tailed sea Eagles giving us a flying display were the next major sighting but it was at afternoon tea stop that  we spotted an Otter and it gave my guests half an hour of great pleasure as we were the only people around to see it. Needless to say afternoon tea was very late today. 
June 1st
Thanks Donald, you are a star not believing the climate is changing, here we are on the first of June and it is cold, wet and windy, at the same time last week heatstoke, what's going on, nothing in Donalds world. Todays tour was difficult as it rained for most of the day, just look at the moody dark picture taken during the best part of the day. To brighten readers up we saw White-tailed Eagle, very brief Golden Eagle, Otter, Seals by the  had all been seenscore behaving in a funny manner and Red Deer. The sighting of the day however was brilliant Short Eared Owl, It flew and hunted right past us within 50 yards it was spectacular and we had it off and on for over 10 minutes, it was certainly worth getting cold and wet for. 

Blog July
This is the web site of Pam & Arthur Brown, Ardrioch Farm, Dervaig, Isle of Mull. PA75  6QR
          Pam & Arthur Brown
          Ardrioch Farm, Dervaig
          Isle of Mull
          Argyll, PA75 6QR
01688 400415
07780 600367
car parking and 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.
wildlife photography guidance
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