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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Sit and watch displaying hen harriers
  2. Trek to the top of Knitchen Hill and enjoy stunning views of the moors and surrounding islands
  3. Trek the reserve paths looking for breeding waders: golden plovers, snipe and curlews, as well as great skuas, red grouse and merlins if you are lucky

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Enjoy a moorland walk with flowering heather and late-nesting birds
  2. Visit and enter Taversoe Tuick burial mound by the reserve track, with calling curlews all around
  3. Off the reserve, visit the beautiful north-west coast of Rousay with numerous historic sites and nesting seabirds


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Heather moorland at RSPB Birsay Moors nature reserve

Birsay Moors

Beautiful wilderness offering great chances to see moorland wildlife

Adult male hen harrier perched on heather, RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve, Islay

Cottascarth and Rendall Moss

A mosaic of mires and heath, with some of the highest densities of curlews in the UK.

Girls playing on a fallen tree at RSPB Middleton Lakes nature reserve

Middleton Lakes

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