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RSPB to host Family Fun Day at Dunnet Head

10 July 2012

Alan Tissiman
Communications Manager

The RSPB is organising a Family Fun Day at Dunnet Head nature reserve on Wednesday 18th July from 11am until 3pm.  

Dave Jones, RSPB Site Manager at Dunnet Head, said: “We are hoping to welcome lots of visitors to the reserve for a range of activities. There will be free family fun including crafts, games and badge-making. Children are welcome to enter our art competition – just bring along your picture of a seabird.  

“We will also be running guided walks for people at 11am and 2pm. Among the birds we hope to see are puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes.” 

Dave is site manager for two RSPB reserves in Caithness – Broubster Leans and Dunnet Head -  and gains huge satisfaction from showing visitors the sights and the birds as well as talking about the fascinating history of Dunnet Head. 

“Dunnet Head attracts a very wide range of visitors. Some come because, of course, it is the most northerly point of mainland Britain. Others come for the spectacular views across to Orkney and Cape Wrath. Others come because of the wildlife. Still others love to see the lighthouse or try to imagine what it was like during the war when it was a major military installation. One thing is for sure, there’s always something to see and learn and Dunnet Head.”


The most northerly point in mainland Britain, Dunnet Head has stunning sea cliffs and coastal grassland. These are home to puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags and cormorants.

The RSPB started to manage this site in May 2008 and, as yet, there are no visitor facilities beyond the car park and some interpretation panels. Of strategic importance during World War II, Dunnet Head has a number of old military buildings still standing on site. We ask that you take care when visiting this site, keeping dogs and children under close supervision.