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Wildlife Sites and Nature Reserves in Orkney Islands

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...

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...

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...

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...

Brodgar, (RSPB)

Stenness, Orkney, Scotland, UK

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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

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