Orkney Native Wildlife Project Open Day    

Where: Mull Head, Deerness     

When: 10am - 3pm Thursday 18 May    several people beside a tent with sea and blue sky behind

With: Orkney Native Wildlife Project

Cost: Free event

Booking required: No. Drop in on the day.

Contact: Email: [email protected] Telephone: 01856 881451

Come and join the team at Mull Head and explore every part of the world’s largest stoat eradication project. You will have the opportunity to meet our conservation dogs and see them in action, explore the beautiful Mull Head looking for our native Orkney Vole with our monitoring officer, as well as meet other members of the project who can tell you all about who we are and what we are doing. This family friendly open day is your opportunity to experience hands on conservation and wildlife management.


Needlefelt Landscape Workshop

Where: 15 Victoria Street, Kirkwall    a needlefelt picture of standing stones and flowers

When: 10am – 4pm Thursday 18 May

With: Arts a Flutter

Cost: £75 per person

Booking required: Yes. Limited places available. Email to book.

Contact: Catherine Wells - Email: [email protected]

We will have a fun day making a small needlefelted landscape.

All materials supplied. Suitable for beginners. Light lunch and refreshments included. Please inform of any special dietary requirements.



Where: Meet at Tingwall pier for 8.20am ferry to Wyre     orkney native wildlife project logo

When: 8am returning on 1.55pm ferry Thursday 18 May    

With: Orkney Native Wildlife Project

Cost: Free event

Booking required: Yes. Book here 

You will also need to book your own ferry travel with Orkney Ferries

Contact: ONWP - Email: [email protected] Telephone: 01856 881451

Visit one of Orkney’s smaller islands with our knowledgeable tour guide, Douggie Beaumont, ONWP Assistant Biosecurity Officer. Douggie will meet you on the Wyre ferry at Tingwall Pier and will take you on a guided walk around Wyre, showing you all the natural hidden gems that the island has to offer. The tour will take you round the edge of the island along a path that is not well travelled so sensible footwear and a reasonable level of fitness will be required. Once you have received a booking confirmation you will need to book yourself as a foot passenger onto the 8.20am ferry from Tingwall to Wyre, and the return sailing at 1.55pm from Wyre to Tingwall.


Stromness to Brodgar Bike Ride

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

When: 11.30am Thursday 18 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 Thursday 18 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.


If you attend any of the Orkney Nature Festival events in 2023, it would really help us if you could take a minute to complete the very brief feedback form here. Thank you.


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