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Wildlife Sites and Nature Reserves in Orkney Islands

Marwick Head (RSPB)

North of Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Many thousands of guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars breed on these great cliffs. There are spectacular cliff...

Onziebust, Egilsay (RSPB)

Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This wetland and farmland reserve is managed especially for corncrakes. Many ducks breed here including shovelers, teals and...

The Loons (RSPB)

Orkney Mainland, Scotland, UK

One of the best remaining marshes on Orkney. From the hide in summer pintail and many waders can be seen. In winter the...

Cottascarth, (RSPB)

Nr Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Cottascarth and Rendall are wonderful places to see hen harriers, merlins and short-eared owls. Rendall Moss has one of the...

Birsay Moors (RSPB)

Near Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK

In summer, hen harriers, short-eared owls and arctic skuas nest on the moorland. The hide overlooking Lowrie's Water gives...

Hoy (RSPB)

Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK

A mixture of moorland and cliffs, some over 300m high. Great skuas breed on the moor along with red grouse, dunlins and...

Brodgar, (RSPB)

Stenness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Surrounding the Ring of Brodgar this small, but beautiful, lochside reserve is excellent for birds, with breeding curlews,...

Copinsay, (RSPB)

off East Mainland, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This beautiful uninhabited island, with nearly a mile of vertical cliffs rising up to 76 metres, is home to a vast seabird...

Trumland (RSPB)

Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This moorland reserve reaches 250m and has superb views over the north isles of Orkney. Look out for red-throated divers,...

North Hill, Papa Westray (RSPB)

Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes breed on the low cliffs. On the hill a large colony of arctic terns nest close to...

Noup Head Cliffs (RSPB)

Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This spectacular 1.5 mile (2.4 km) stretch of cliffs have one of Britain's largest seabird colonies, with many thousands of...

Mill Dam, Shapinsay (RSPB)

Shapinsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This wetland reserve has eight species of breeding duck, including pintails and pochard, plus waders and water rails. In...

Hobbister (RSPB)

South-west of Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

This attractive and varied reserve is a good place to watch hen harriers, merlin, short-eared owls, and red-throated divers....

1 Marwick Head (RSPB) North of Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
2 Onziebust, Egilsay (RSPB) Egilsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
3 The Loons (RSPB) Orkney Mainland, Scotland, UK
4 Cottascarth, (RSPB) Nr Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
5 Birsay Moors (RSPB) Near Finstown, Orkney, Scotland, UK
6 Hoy (RSPB) Hoy, Orkney, Scotland, UK
7 Brodgar, (RSPB) Stenness, Orkney, Scotland, UK
8 Copinsay, (RSPB) off East Mainland, Orkney, Scotland, UK
9 Trumland (RSPB) Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
10 North Hill, Papa Westray (RSPB) Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
11 Noup Head Cliffs (RSPB) Westray, Orkney, Scotland, UK
12 Mill Dam, Shapinsay (RSPB) Shapinsay, Orkney, Scotland, UK
13 Hobbister (RSPB) South-west of Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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