Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Altered Image (New Year Quiz)

Pages from the ‘Explore Mull’ Nature Notebook

We’ve played around with several images from the ‘Explore Mull’ photobook to produce this fun and quirky New Year quiz. It looks far more difficult than it really is, so just think in terms of the birds, plants and animals that are commonly encountered on the Isle of Mull and Iona and you won’t go far wrong. It may help to have a glass of your favourite tipple in hand, in order to re-focus some of the distorted images!





That wasn’t too difficult now, was it? Now that your eyes are attuned to what this little bit of post-festive fun is all about, another selection of altered images will be posted in our next blog, as will the answers to this first selection.


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Going wild on Mull & Iona

New for 2012! Join us at ‘Explore Mull’ on a bewitching journey of adventure and discovery, as we endeavour to make 2012 the best year ever for wildlife and wildlife-watchers on the islands of Mull and Iona.


In recent decades, Mull and Iona has earned the enviable reputation as the premier wildlife tourism destination in the British Isles. Thousands of birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts flock to the island every year, hoping to catch a glimpse of Mull’s celebrated birds and animals. In doing so, visitors help generate millions of pounds for the local economy in a time of continuing recession.

At ‘Explore Mull’, we are justifiably proud of this success and strive to keep Mull and Iona at the forefront of eco-tourism in this country by continuing to champion the islands’ wonderful wildlife and scintillating scenery.

The Isle of Mull and Iona boasts an opulent biodiversity that ranges from the spores of a myriad of fungi that fruit perennially throughout the islands to apex predators, like White-tailed Eagles, Otters, Minke Whales and Basking Sharks. A mighty handful of celebrated and iconic species provide an intoxicating allure for wildlife lovers and have helped propel the islands toward the coveted status that they enjoy today in the hearts and minds of wildlife watchers worldwide.

Forged by fire and sculpted by ice over a mind-boggling near 3 billion years, the exhilarating landscapes and seascapes of the Isle of Mull and Iona are guaranteed to take your breath away, being among the most beautiful in the British Isles. Influenced by the Gulf Stream, the area’s climate is capricious in nature, with the ever-shifting light affording photographers a fantastic opportunity to capture the local scenery throughout the spectrum of its moods, amid the backdrop of the changing seasons.

New for 2012, the ‘Going Wild On Mull and Iona’ blog, detailing pages from the ‘Explore Mull’ Nature Notebook’, aims to encourage interest in every aspect of the islands’ natural history and not merely its ever-popular eagles and otters. There is so much more to Mull and Iona than White-tailed Eagles and Otters and we intend to celebrate the islands’ unheralded wildlife, as much as the more sought after birds, plants and animals, on these pages during the coming months.

Linked to an up-to-date ‘Latest Sightings’ page, the ‘Going Wild On Mull and Iona’ blog will have an educative slant, with a strong information bias, which we intend to present in a quirky, interactive and fun way, allowing followers to keep in touch with what’s happening in the world of Mull and Iona wildlife.

A Happy New Year to all our friends and followers and may 2012 be just what we wish it to be : the best year ever for wildlife and wildlife-watchers on the Isle of Mull and Iona!