Mull’s white-tailed eagles bring economic benefit




Study reveals economic benefits from white-tailed eagles have risen sharply in Scotland.

The economic benefits delivered by Mull’s white-tailed eagles have more than tripled in just five years, according to an independent study commissioned by the RSPB.

The white-tailed eagles, are part of an on-going re-introduction programme in Scotland

Wildlife Tourism in particular has grown in recent years and continues to do so with £276 million being spent on these trips.
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Enterprise and Tourism

It is estimated that they now bring at least £5 million into the Mull economy every year, up from £1.4 million in 2005.

The figures come as the result of a survey carried out last summer by the Progressive Partnership, Edinburgh. Over 1,200 people were asked their reasons for travelling to Mull. Almost a quarter stated that the eagles were an important factor in their trip.

Tourism generated by the white-tailed eagles also supports 110 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs (up from 36), and £2.4 million of local income.

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Enterprise and Tourism, said: “Wildlife Tourism in particular has grown in recent years and continues to do so with £276 million being spent on these trips, 75% spent by domestic tourists, and supporting 2,763 full time jobs in the sector.”

According to VisitScotland, white-tailed eagles account for an estimated 50% of all enquiries at their information centre in Craignure during the summer months on Mull.

Mull Eagle Watch is run by a partnership of Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Mull & Iona Community Trust, Strathclyde Police and RSPB Scotland.

To find out more about the Mull white-tailed eagle project, you can visit www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/tracking/mulleagles or find regular updates throughout the day at SkyeandFrisa@Twitter.

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