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South Ronaldsay Coastal Walk

by Admin - 13:39 on 25 July 2013

On Sunday 21st July, four Field Club members set off to walk from Burwick to Sandwick along the west coast of South Ronaldsay,  to see whether this would make a good place for a future field meeting. The answer was a resounding ‘yes’.

Apart from the stunning coastal scenery, we enjoyed seeing a variety of seabirds, including tysties, puffins, gannets and many fulmars with chicks on the cliffs, as well as a few swifts overhead; we saw hundreds of Common Blue butterflies, some hoverflies, found Fragrant Orchids, good areas of the delightful little Sheep's Bit Scabious (which only grows in very few places in Orkney), some patches of native roses in flower; we enjoyed the many angelica plants from which the flowers were just bursting and a wonderful mix of colourful wildflowers and grasses.

This is an excellent walk, with much of interest to see along the way and we certainly hope to hold a meeting here in the future.

sheeps-bit scabious

Comment from Julian Branscombe at 16:12 on 25 July 2013.
Looks fantastic. Great photo of the Sheep's Bit. I must go!
Comment from Jenny at 17:50 on 25 July 2013.
We have Penny to thank for the photo. We spent quite a lot of time trying to sneak up on the common blue butterflies, but plants have the good sense to pose!
Comment from Daniel Down at 17:46 on 03 November 2018.
Hi. Am thinking of coming up on holiday next year. Which way did you go to see the seals? Was it towards Sandwick Bay or the other way?

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