Aikerness Walkyellow flowers with hills and sky in background

Where: Meet at Broch of Gurness car park, Aikerness, Evie, West Mainland 

When: 10am - 2pm approximately Tuesday 16 May

With: Orkney Field Club

Cost: Free event

Booking required: Yes. Email to book.

Contact: Graeme Walker - Email: [email protected]

We will explore the nearby aeolianite outcrop in search of Cowslip and Dune Pansy, and wander along the beach in the company of terns and other seabirds. With favourable weather there are good views across Eynhallow Sound to Rousay.

The walk will last 3-4 hours, depending upon what we find, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions. Bring a packed lunch if you wish.


Stromness to Brodgar Bike Ride

Where: Leaving from Stromness Travel Centre    cyclists on an evening bike ride

When: 11.30am Tuesday 16 May

With: Cycling UK Orkney

Cost: Free event

Booking required: Recommended. Book here 

Contact: Magdalena Choluj - Email: [email protected]

For Orkney Nature Festival, we would like to invite everyone to join our daily bike rides from Stromness Travel Centre to the Ring of Brodgar, and take part in the FREE nature walks delivered by Historic Environment Scotland and RSPB Scotland Rangers.

We will meet daily, from Tuesday 16th May until Friday 19th May, at 11:30 am outside Stromness Travel Centre (next to the Bike Hub), and ride together at a slow pace, to join the walk (start at 1pm). We will cycle back together after the end of the walk. Simply bring your roadworthy bike with you and dress for the weather. Don't forget to bring a packed lunch with you. Please note that participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult of 18+. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with [email protected]

Hope to see you all there!


Brodgar Guided Walk

Where: Meet in Ring of Brodgar car park   

When: 1pm Tuesday 16 May

With: Historic Environment Scotland & RSPB Scotland

Cost: Free event

Booking required: No. Turn up on the day.

Contact: Historic Environment Scotland - Email: [email protected]

HES rangers will be joined by RSPB Scotland staff to help you learn more about the ring and the wider landscape in which it sits. Find out just how much effort went into creating this wonderful site and the birds and animals you can see at it.


Shoreline Ramble

Where: Stromness Museum      

When: 2pm Tuesday 16 May

With: Katy Firth, Stromness Museum

Cost: £10 adults; £5 child; £25 family

Booking required: Yes. Book here

Contact: Katy Firth - Email: [email protected]

See some of the Museum’s natural history collection, then set off to the Point of Ness and beyond to look at seashells and stromatolites, granite rocks and wildflowers. On the way there are stories about famous naturalists such as Hugh Miller and Robert Rendall, and views across the harbour from the cannon and over Hoy Sound.


Ness Point Shorewatch for Whales and Dolphins

Where: Ness Point, Stromness    two people looking out to sea with hoy hills in the distance

When: 6pm - 8pm Tuesday 16 May

With: Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Cost: Free event

Booking required: Drop in any time during the session

Contact: Emma Steel - Email: [email protected]

Join Whale and Dolphin Conservation for a Shorewatch evening at Ness Point, Stromness. Shorewatch Coordinator, Emma, will be positioned on the coastline with binoculars, tea and biscuits so pop along any time between 6-8pm to look out for whales, dolphins and porpoises.


Living on the Edge: The Changing Fortunes of Red Deer in Orkney

Where: Friends Room, St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall   an antler being examined by a lady with pink hair

When: 7pm Tuesday 16 May

With: Kath Page UHI PhD student, Historic Environment Scotland

Cost: Free event

Booking required: No

Contact: Historic Environment Scotland - Email: [email protected]

Throughout history people have bestowed cultural and economic meaning onto many animals, but particularly red deer. Zooarchaeological and Archaeobotanical evidence from Orkney appears to suggest that red deer held a unique status across the archipelago in prehistory, one that changed over time. This talk will discuss introductions and extinctions and investigate their economic importance as a source of food and secondary products.  Finally,  this talk will also explore the changing cultural significance of red deer over time, and their curious role as "soul animals", whose death was required to assist the human living and human dead at times of societal crisis.


Oceans of Value Film Screening and Workshop 

Where: Cromarty Hall, St Margarets Hope                

When: 7pm - 8.30pm Tuesday 16 May

With: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Cost: Free event. Donations welcome.

Booking required: Yes. Book here 

Contact: Rebecca Crawford - Email: [email protected]

Come along and watch our Community Voice Method film featuring some weel kent faces. Topics explored in the film include Orcadian traditions and dialect related to the sea, how people use the coasts and seas, the key issues and hopes for the future. At the interactive workshop we will discuss topics raised in the film and you will have the opportunity to share what your priorities are for planning how we use and protect Orkney's marine environment in the future. All welcome.


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