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TV’s Nick Baker enjoys Mull’s autumn wildlife

Nick Baker visiting Mull Oct 2010. Credit Debby Thorne/RSPB

Nick Baker visiting Mull Oct 2010. Credit Debby Thorne/RSPB

Naturalist and wildlife television presenter Nick Baker was on the Isle of Mull this week to sample some of the remarkable wildlife treats being served up this autumn. Nick Baker is the presenter of Animal Planet’s and Channel Five’s ‘Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures’ and started his TV career presenting BBC’s ‘The Really Wild Show’. This year he is one of the guest presenters on the new weekly series of Autumnwatch which has just started on BBC Two.

Whilst on Mull he took time out to visit two island primary schools in Salen and Lochdon. He spent time with the children in their wildlife gardens and advised them on where to place insect boxes and bird feeders. Nick-named ‘Bugboy Baker’ on his Twitter page, it’s the weird and wonderful world of bugs and insects which is his real passion.

He was able to enthuse the children about spiders, millipedes, woodlice, bees and wasps. He found a recently vacated wasp’s nest in an insect box in Salen’s school grounds and positioned a new ladybird box at Lochdon. The highlights of the school visits included exploring the school wormeries and enthralling the children and staff with exciting TV tales of swimming with great white sharks, sea snakes and penguins and helping to relocate a polar bear in the Arctic.

Elsewhere on Mull, Nick Baker had stunning views of both the biggest and smallest birds of prey in the UK – the white-tailed eagle and the merlin. He and his family also had good views of otters, porpoise, seals and red deer which showed them just how impressive wildlife watching on Mull in the autumn can be. The Eagle Hide at Loch Frisa is staying open for trips all winter and helping to attract visitors to the island even during the so-called ‘off-season’.

David Sexton RSPB Mull Officer said:
“Wildlife on Mull doesn’t really have an ‘off-season’ as the eagles, seals, deer and otters are here all year round. There is more and more interest from people wanting to visit at this traditionally quieter time of year and it all helps support local businesses and the island economy”.

Commenting on his Twitter site Nick Baker said:
“Scotland saved the best til last – Mull is fab; I got a fly-by from a sea eagle while in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub. Birding doesn’t get much better (or more comfortable) than this!”

Photo credit: Debby Thorne/RSPB

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