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Star species

Our star species are some of the most interesting birds you may see on your visit to the reserve.

Curlew

Curlews are large, brown wading birds with very long, curved bills. In spring, you can hear their gorgeous, 'bubbling' song.

Curlew

Pintail

Pintails flock to the flooded wetlands here in spring to breed. Look out for the elegant males and their amazing long tails.

Pintail - male

Redshank

Keep an eye out for the redshanks' towering display flights over the wet meadows in spring. They are sometimes known as 'the sentinel of the marshes' for their noisy habit of drawing attention to predators.

Redshank - non-breeding plumage

Shoveler

Shovelers are regular breeding birds here, but can also be seen in winter. Watch them using their beaks like sieves to sift out microscopic aquatic life from the water.

Shoveler - male

Whooper swan

Whooper swans arrive here in late autumn from Iceland where they spend the summer.

Whooper swan - adult

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 59.04417,-2.90275
  • Grid reference: HY483178
  • Nearest town: Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
  • County: Orkney
  • Country: Scotland

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