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Birdsong of Onziebust with RSPB Scotland

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Egilsay

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Birdsong surrounds you on Egilsay - lapwings, curlews, redshanks, snipe, oystercatchers, skylarks, meadow pipits and more. Join RSPB Scotland wardens for a relaxed walk through the Onziebust nature reserve, finishing up with coffee and hot rolls provided by the Egilsay Community Association back at the Community Centre.

For those travelling from Mainland, the ferry leaves Tingwall at 8.40 am, with guides on board to help point out seabirds and seals on the way. Upon arrival we’ll make the most of this early part of the day with a gentle stroll through Onziebust’s meadows and wetlands, full of birds displaying as they prepare to nest.

The idyllic beach on the east shore is wonderful place to sit a while and drink it all in, before we head back to the Community Centre for late morning coffee and hot rolls, in case breakfast seems a long time ago by this point!

There will then be a time before the boat back to visit St Magnus Chapel, take a walk with a warden up to the highest point on the island (only 35m above sea level), or simply relax.

All ages welcome. Altogether, from pier to beach and back, we will cover about 4 km at a gentle pace on tracks that are surfaced apart from the ~500 m path down to the sandy beach. Walking up to the trig point adds another 3 km on surfaced road.

You’ll find details of ferries at www.orkneyferries.co.uk. We have timed the event to fit with the 8.40-9.25 am Tingwall-Egilsay sailing, returning Egilsay-Tingwall 1.35-2.40 pm (please book your own ticket).

Image: beach on the east side of Egilsay by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

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