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Blue Peter on the trail of the white tails

Wild Scotland member Mull Eagle Watch scored a major coup recently when the ever popular BBC children’s  TV programme Blue Peter arrived on Mull to film with the white-tailed eagles. Islanders and tourism chiefs hope this further exposure of the beauty of the west coast of Scotland and the rich array of wildlife there to families and young people will encourage this important audience to visit.

Mull’s wildlife has already showcased Scotland to the world with recent screenings of wildlife documentaries Eagle Island (BBC) and Eagle Odyssey (RSPB) in North America and Australasia. Earlier this month, Mull Eagle Watch was shown on ‘Animal 24:7’ in its new primetime slot on BBC One at 7.30pm.

The Blue Peter crew with presenter Andy Akinwolere filmed with the RSPB’s Mull Officer Dave Sexton and Strathclyde Police Wildlife Crime Officer PC Finlay Christine. They visited the sea eagle public hide at Loch Frisa to see the star attractions there before venturing to a ‘secret site’ to ring the two chicks at the nest. The results can be seen on Blue Peter on BBC One on 30 June 4.35pm.

Following the filming presenter Andy made a special visit to Salen Primary School where he was beseiged by young Blue Peter fans and signed over 80 autographs. He was also given a tour of the school’s eco-garden and then presented a cheque from the Mull Eagle Fund to help buy a new nestbox cctv system. Money raised from the Loch Frisa hide goes back to various good causes on Mull and Iona. This year over £5000 was distributed to a wide range of local groups and projects.

RSPB’s Dave Sexton said: “We’ve been talking to Blue Peter for a long time about a suitable project for them and this was it. It’s important that a young audience and parents see what a place like Mull and Argyll generally has to offer. We hope some of them now decide to visit. Andy was excellent and gave alot of time to the kids in school which they really appreciated. Best of all though was that I got a Blue Peter badge which I now wear with pride! Having grown up with Blue Peter it has a certain cult status and I’ve waited a very long time to get that badge! My kids are very envious”

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