Species on the Edge Daily Nature Walk

Where: Meet at the Ring of Brodgar car park

When: Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May, 7am - 9am

With: Species on the Edge Orkney

Cost: Free 

Booking Required: No, just turn up on the day. 

Contact: For more information email [email protected]    

Join the Species on the Edge Orkney team each day for an early morning walk around the 2km RSPB Brodgar nature reserve footpath to discover this wildlife haven in the heart of Neolithic Orkney.  On a gentle stroll on the grassy path, enjoy wildflowers, babbling curlew, lapwings displaying, buzzing bumblebees, and perhaps even a selkie seal or two!  We will also try some mindfulness to connect us to nature in this special place.  All welcome – anyone under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. 


RSPB Youth Art Day

Where: RSPB Orkney Office, 12-14 North End Road, Stromness KW16 3AG

When: Sunday 19th May 10am - 2pm

With: RSPB Learning Officer 

Cost: Free event 

Booking required: No, turn up on the day. 

Contact:[email protected] 

Calling out all the youth to join the RSPB learning Officer on a fun day of drawing/ crafting the birds of Orkney. Pop in to draw, create and chat about all the birds the RSPB helps to protect in Orkney! 


Skara Brae Nature Weekend (18th & 19th)

Where: Skara Brae

When: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May 10am - 4pm

With: Historic Environment Scotland

Cost: Included in entry ticket to Skara Brae.

Booking Required: Please pre-book in advance to guarantee entry. 


Contact: [email protected]

Visit Skara Brae for a fun-filled nature themed weekend! Learn about how the Neolithic people engaged with nature, and how that has changed in the past 5000 years. Follow our nature trail to try and spot some local wildlife, try out some bird watching with our binoculars and get creative with our crafty corner.


Wildlife from the Water- FULLY BOOKED

Where: Meet at Kirkwall Kayak Club compound at Hatston Slip where launch site will be decided

When: Sunday 19th May 11am

With: Kirkwall Kayak Club

Cost: £8, to be paid on the day

Booking required: Yes. Maximum 8 people. Download form here and return via email.

Contact: [email protected]

Join Kirkwall Kayak Club for a unique opportunity to explore an area of Orkney's coastline with experts on hand to talk about the wildlife you will see. Kayak and clothing provided. Footwear not provided, bare feet is fine, or bring footwear you don't mind getting wet. Participants should bring dry clothing, towel and snacks/drink. No experience necessary, this event is suitable for complete beginners. Age 18+.


On the Edge at the Ring of Brodgar

Where: Meet in Ring of Brodgar car park    

When: Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May 1pm  

With: Historic Environment Scotland & Species on the Edge 

Cost: Free event 

Booking required: No, turn up on the day. 

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

Join the HES rangers and the Species on the Edge People Engagement Officer to find out about the ring and why it is such an important place for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable species. 


Orkney Nature Festival Beach Clean

Where: Scapa Beach 

When: Sunday 19th May 2pm 

With: Greener Orkney 

Cost: Free 

Booking Required: No 

Contact: [email protected] 

Greener Orkney run a series of beach cleans throughout the year. As well as cleaning the beach we gather sample data which goes into the information gathered by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for the UK. We also work with the MCS to show the sources of the litter on the Scottish Islands to help look for solutions to the problem of Marine Litter. If you are interested in helping please contact [email protected] or contact us through the website www.greenerorkney.org.uk.  


Stromness Museum Family Plankton Fun Afternoon

Where: Stromness Museum

When: Sunday 19th May 2pm – 4pm

With: Stromness Museum

Cost: Included with museum entry fee

Booking Required: No, just drop in

Contact: [email protected]

Join Stromness Museum with Strathclyde University scientists to find out about the fascinating world of microscopic organisms in our oceans.  Meet some plankton up close and have a go at plankton-themed crafts, suitable for all ages.

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