Orkney - Wildlife

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Barnhouse Bird Hide is behind Odin
The Brodgar RSPB reserve is just 5 minutes walk from Odin
There are guided walks at specific times
RSPB page for Brodgar

Orkney is a paradise for birdwatchers, and Odin is in an especially good situation for this purpose. Right outside the windows many species can be seen depending on the season. In summer the loch sides, marshes and fields are full of breeding waterfowl, waders and small birds, while in winter large numbers of ducks are normally present on the lochs, as well as Whooper Swans.

Long-tailed Duck
Ringed Plover

During the spring and autumn migrations many species pass through on their way to and from their northern breeding grounds. The specially grown crops on the Brodgar RSPB reserve are good for small birds, while the area around the Bridge of Brodgar is a good place to seek out waders and ducks.

Grey Heron
Mute Swan
Red-throated Diver
Whooper Swan

From Odin House species such as Hen Harrier, Merlin, Kestrel, Short-eared Owl, Red-throated and Great Northern Diver (winter only), Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull and Mute Swan are commonly seen or heard.

Fulmar Petrel
Arctic Tern

The house is well situated in the middle of the West Mainland, within easy reach of several bird reserves and within walking distance of a wide variety of habitats, including lochs and lochsides, marshland, moorland and farmland.


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