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Beachcombing and sea-watching

Orkney Nature Festival

Saturday, 21 May 2016 from 09:15 to 18:15 (BST)

Beachcombing and sea-watching

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Beachcombing and sea-watching (requiring transport during the day) Sold Out Ended £35.00 £2.87
Beachcombing and sea-watching (not requiring transport during the day)   more info 5 Tickets Ended £25.00 £2.39

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Sanday is known for its beautiful bays and beaches. Join the Sanday Ranger Emma Webb to explore and learn more about life at the edge of the sea through lots of hand-on activities. All ages welcome!

For those travelling to Sanday, the ferry leaves Kirkwall at 7:40 am – an early start but a great chance to spot seabirds and perhaps marine mammals from the boat, with Emma already on board to accompany you and give an introductory talk.

Once on Sanday, we’ll use the community minibus for transport throughout the day, starting with an illustrated presentation, coffee and cake at Heilsa Fjold before moving to Roos Wick & the Holms of Ire for sea-watching.

We’ll then head back to Heilsa Fjold for a warming lunch and marine-themed crafts before exploring the beach at Otterswick where we will look for seals and do our beachcombing challenge. 

We will then move over to the more rugged west coast of Sanday to Arye to explore the rockpools – a chance to get close to hermit crabs, sea urchins and sea anenomes and perhaps even a sea slug, squat lobster or scorpion fish!

There will be ample opportunity to make use of the nearby Ayre’s Rock fish and chip shop just before leaving Sanday. For those returning to Mainland, the ferry leaves Sanday at 6.15 pm and gets into Kirkwall at 7.40 pm, and again Emma will be on board for more guided sea-watching.

All food included (except fish and chips). There’ll be some walking over varied terrain, with toilets available at Heilsa Fjold and Ayre’s Rock. You’ll find details of ferry times at

Image: Alison Nimmo

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KW17 Orkney
United Kingdom

Saturday, 21 May 2016 from 09:15 to 18:15 (BST)

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Orkney Nature Festival

The Nature Festival is collaborative project organised by the local RSPB Scotland team on behalf of partners around Orkney, including businesses, community groups and individual volunteers.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating and sharing the best of wild Orkney!

The RSPB is a registered charity in England & Wales 207076, in Scotland SC037654

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