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Mull wildlife soars on Autumnwatch

Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games talk wildlife on Mull

Autumnwatch comes to the isle of Mull, one of the wildlife hotspots in the UK at this time of year.

Presenters Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games catch up with the conservation project to reintroduce sea eagles to the island.

The range of habitats including mountain, woodland and rocky coastline are home to white-tailed sea eagles, hen harriers, otters and waxwings which feature on the programme.

Autumnwatch is on BBC Two at 2030.

Chris Packham said: "Mull is a wildlife paradise and lots of people come here from all over the UK to enjoy its wealth of all sorts of creatures."

White-tailed eagle (Photo: Iain Erskine)
A project to reintroduce white-tailed eagles has seen numbers increase

The RSPB has been working to reintroduce white-tailed sea eagles to the island.

The initiative has been so successful that thousands of visitors come to the island for the scenery and wildlife.

Dave Sexton, RSPB Mull officer, refers to the "Springwatch effect"and said: "Once people see a stunningly beautiful place full of amazing wildlife on television, they want to come and see it for themselves. Mull is now regarded as one of the UK's top wildlife watching destination and one of the best in Europe."

Buzzards are among the birds of prey to be seen on Mull

Referring to wildlife tourism on the Inner Hebridean island, Mr Sexton said: "Mull needs to be all about responsible wildlife tourism; we need to look after what we've got."

Tourists visiting the island hope to see the "Big Five" of golden and white-tailed eagles, otters, red deer and seals.

Martin Hughes-Games also explores Mull's coastline as he goes in search of otters, seals and eider ducks.

The team also see birds of prey including the hen harrier, a rare bird which is thriving in Scotland, and waxwings which have been flocking to the island this year.

Autumnwatch is on Thursdays at 2030 on BBC Two.

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