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Sketching Berriedale

Orkney Nature Festival

Monday, 16 May 2016 from 10:30 to 16:30 (EDT)

Sketching Berriedale

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Join local artist Tim Wootton and the RSPB Scotland warden for a relaxed sketching workshop in the magical surroundings of Berridale – Britain’s most northerly native woodland, a remnant of the ancient forest that once covered Orkney.

After a short minibus ride to the lovely Rackwick Bay, we’ll head out through the valley between Ward Hill and Cuilags, where a rough track known as the Old Post Road leads between these two giants. After less than a mile we turn off and cross a stream to reach the cool, mossy shade of Berriedale, where honeysuckle drapes the branches, with ferns, wild roses, blaeberry and wood sage below. Robins, willow warblers and chaffinches nest here and the outlying willows shelter stonechats and reed buntings.

You can work in whichever materials you choose, with support from Tim and with Lee on hand to help you delve deeper into the natural history of the area. (Further advice on materials to bring available if desired.)

Tim is a distinguished local artist, having won Wildscape Magazine's Wildlife Artist of the Year 2008 (Editor's category), BBC Wildlife Magazine Wildlife Artist of the Year, 2010 (World Birds category), and Birdwatch / Swarovski Artist of the Year, 2011.

All ages welcome. All walking will be at a gentle pace, although the route to Berriedale is rough and potentially slippery, including a stream crossing. We’ll retrace our steps at the end of the day for the minibus ride back to the pier. For travel information, visit

Image: Eric Meek

Do you have questions about Sketching Berriedale? Contact Orkney Nature Festival

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Monday, 16 May 2016 from 10:30 to 16:30 (EDT)

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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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