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Natural History

SnipeThe magnificent array of birds and wildlife in the islands will enthral and provide hours of entertainment when staying at our Orkney B&B. The RSPB have many reserves which can provide a focal point to see many of the breeds of birds living and passing through Orkney, the early morning and evening visits are particularly special. Those such as breeding seabirds, ducks and geese, hen harriers, short eared owls, rare birds during migration or breeding. We are very fortunate to see many wonderful breeds of birds from the B & B, such as regular Hen Harriers, Short Eared Owls, Lapwings and Oyster Catchers.

The sea surrounding Orkney gives you an opportunity to spot the local seal population and other passing visitors, such as Orca whales and dolphins, or on the shore to catch a rare glimpse of an otter. You may also have a sharp eye out in the fields or hills and catch site of our Orkney voles. The regular wildlife outside the B&B includes the many hares playing in the fields in front of the house, especially beautiful to watch early in the morning.

An early morning, or evening visit to some of the local shore side locations, cliffs or hillsides, can provide a peaceful experience of Orkney’s environment along with its wildlife and birds. There is also a vast array of wildflowers and grasses to study, including the small and rare Primula scotica, and many other plants along the shorelines, maritime heath, moorlands, hills, verges and fields.

Orkney is an excellent place in the world to experience limited light pollution in the night sky. There is an ideal opportunity to explore the night sky and its stars and planets in the winter months, and possibly catch the famous, Merry Dancers, the colourful phenomenon of Aurora Borealis. The summers deliver long hours of light into the evening, and beautiful, burning sunsets dropping into the sea.


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