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Orkney Nature Festival returns for 2016

Last modified: 21 December 2015

Black guillemots silhouetted at sunset

Image: Andy Hay

The county’s fourth annual Nature Festival will run from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May next year.

Once again the festival will feature events from a variety of individuals, groups and businesses around Orkney, coordinated by the local RSPB Scotland team. More details of the programme will be available in the new year.

Alison Nimmo, RSPB Scotland’s Community Engagement Officer, said:  “I’m delighted to say on behalf of the steering group that the Nature Festival will be back in 2016. Orkney’s wildlife deserves to be celebrated and May is great time to do that, with nesting seabirds back on the cliffs, Scottish primroses in bloom, whales offshore and birdsong at its best.

“We’ll have more details of the programme early next year but what I can say is that there’ll be a wide range of events – so if you like walks, talks or boat trips, or fancy a trip to another island or the chance to learn something new in a workshop, pencil the dates in your diary now!”

“A real strength of the Festival is the number of people and groups who have been involved in suggesting and running events over the years. If you’ve got an idea for 2016 please do get in touch at or on 01856 850176.”

Last year’s five-day festival attracted over 600 participants with a programme that featured kayaking, rockpooling, wildlife photography, small boat trips, walks, talks, archaeology workshops and more. Details of last year’s festival can be found online at

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