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Important notice

There is currently no access to see red-throated divers at the top of Burgar Hill for the protection of these sensitive birds.

We’re sorry for any disappointment and will be putting a viewing structure in place by next year for your enjoyment. In the meantime, please remember that it would be a legal offence to disturb the divers at this time of year.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Visit the Burgar Hill hide and watch and listen to the magical red-throated diver displays
  2. Pull in to a layby on the Hillside Road and watch for 'skydancing' hen harriers on a still, sunny morning
  3. Look out for returning Arctic and great skuas which breed on the reserve

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Park at the viewpoint on Hillside Road and scan for hunting merlins
  2. Visit the Burgar Hill hide and watch the breeding red-throated divers
  3. Pull in to a layby on the Lyde Road and look out for breeding curlews

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Pull into a layby on the Hillside Road and look out for hunting raptors
  2. Take a walk up Mid Hill on the peat cutter tracks for spectacular panoramic views of Orkney
  3. At dusk, pull over in to a layby on the road near Durkadale to look out for roosting hen harriers

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Look out for red grouse foraging on the heathery slopes on the reserve
  2. At dusk, pull over on the road near Durkadale to look out for roosting hen harriers
  3. Take a walk up Mid Hill on the peat cutter tracks for spectacular panoramic views of Orkney

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