29 SEPTEMBER 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16377
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The popular Mull Eagle Watch project has scooped the prestigious 5 Star Wildlife Experience award from VisitScotland.
This award is given to “exceptional” attractions that offer top customer care and facilities.
Mull Eagle Watch received the highest award partly due to the “involved and comprehensive experience” that the Mull Eagle Watch rangers provide.
This new award is hot on the heels of the project receiving a gold rating in the UK-wide Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Mull’s eagles are a major draw for tourists to the islands and are estimated to generate up to £5million towards the local economy.
Speaking for all the Mull Eagle Watch partners, Rachel French said:
“We are all delighted and so pleased that all the hard work from the volunteers and partners has been recognised so positively.
“The white tailed eagles are truly fantastic birds to see in the wild – once seen never forgotten. The project is a great example of how green tourism can flourish well and support rural economies and communities at the same time.”
Mull Eagle Watch is a partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Mull & Iona Community Trust, Police Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.
This is the third year running that the wildlife project, based on the National Forest Estate, has been awarded a 5 star tourism rating.
For more information on Mull Eagle Watch log onto http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/mull/mull-eagle-watch
Notes to news editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 6508.