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Mull Eagle Watch receives accolade from For Argyll

An RSPB website following the progress of two young white-tailed eagles from Mull has been awarded Best Wildlife Website in the For Argyll Awards, 2008.

The website has been tracking the two chicks, called Mara and Bréagha, since they fledged in August from their nest near Loch Frisa, owned by Forestry Commission Scotland. Both birds were fitted with satellite tags, funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, before they took their first flight, allowing experts to learn vital information about their movements throughout the winter.

The information gathered from the tags is uploaded to a map on the website so that eagle fans can follow the birds’ progress as they explore their surroundings. RSPB Scotland Mull Officer, Dave Sexton, also maintains a regular blog on the website, adding his personal experience of their story.

Lynda Henderson, Managing Director of For Argyll, said: “This innovative site was a just and dominant winner of the category against some first class and serious minded competition. Other entrants in this category included The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary at Benderloch, and Argyll and Bute Diversity Partnership.”

The RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve on Islay, was also nominated in the awards in the category of Best Visitor Attraction.

Dave Sexton said: “The trials and tribulations of the satellite tagged sea-eagle chicks seem to have captivated a loyal following on the RSPB’s website this winter. We’re very grateful for their support on this and on other issues like the persecution of birds of prey.

“The website and blog are also helping to promote Mull as an ideal family holiday destination to see the eagles and other amazing wildlife in this ‘Year of Homecoming’. We look forward to welcoming visitors to “the official home of the sea eagle” at Loch Frisa on Mull and we thank the For Argyll team for this award.”

For Argyll is an online news and information service for and about Argyll. Their award nominations attracted thousands of votes from around the world, including New Zealand, Japan and even the Ukraine.

You can follow Mara and Bréagha’s progress by logging on to: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/tracking/mulleagles/

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