An amazing place for wildlife - from puffins to orchids to birds of prey
We look after 13 nature reserves here, ranging from seacliffs and farmland to wetland and moorland. The amazing range of habitats produces an unforgettable range of wildlife, with something to see all year-round.
There are bustling 'seabird cities', packed with fulmars, guillemots, puffins and kittiwakes. Our wetlands support nationally important numbers of wildfowl and waders, while our farmland is carefully managed to support a wide range of wildlife including corncrakes, buntings, finches wildflowers and bumblebees. The moorlands offer excellent chances of seeing hen harriers, short-eared owls, red-throated divers and a stunning array of wildflowers.
There are unique opportunities for everyone to enjoy the experience of seeing a diverse range of natural wonders within stunning scenery, whether for you're new to wildlife watching, visiting with the family, or an experienced birdwatcher.
There are guided walks on many reserves between May and August, with a chance to enjoy wildlife watching with the experts on most days of the week.
Hope to see you soon!
The Orkney Nature Festival will run from 13-17 May 2015 and the programme includes an exciting range of events, exploring all aspects of the islands' wildlife.
Beautiful wilderness offering great chances to see moorland wildlife
A magical walk at the heart of Orkney's heritage
A mosaic of mires and heath, with some of the highest densities of curlews in the UK.
Moorland where the sustainably-cut for peat for Highland Park whisky comes from!
Dramatic upland and coastal scenery in Orkney's 'High Island'
A spectacular, curved, clifftop walk above a seabird city
A small wetland gem with great views of wildfowl and waders
A wild and windswept walk around a beautiful island coastline
An awe-inspiring clifftop walk
A small unspoilt island rich in wading birds, flowers and shore life
Wild moorland with charismatic nesting birds such as hen harriers and great skuas
A chance to see some of Orkney's wetland species close-up
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Orkney weather can be surprisingly changeable. Please make sure you have weather-proof clothing, stout footwear and, if you want to explore the hills away from the main path network, a map and compass. Please take great care around the cliff tops.