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Historic Scotland goes bird watching

6 May 2008

Historic Scotland is making the most of summer approaching, and with it the changes in nature the new season brings, with a special bird watching event. The Orkney World Heritage Site Ranger Service is holding Brodgar Birds on Saturday 17 May where visitors will have the chance to experience first-hand Orkney’s spectacular birdlife. The event is being held in conjunction with the RSPB and one of their experts will be on-hand with tips, advice and information.

Sandra Miller, Ranger at Historic Scotland, said:

“Brodgar Birds is an excellent opportunity for visitors to get back to basics. It is open to people of all ages and we hope to encourage families along to spend some time in the great outdoors. Orkney is home to many bird species and this is a fantastic opportunity to experience the local birdlife in their natural habitat.”

This event is aimed at beginners who are keen to learn more about birds, but anyone with an interest is welcome. The bird watching will begin at 10.30 and anyone wishing to attend should meet in the Ring of Brodgar car park.

The Ranger Service also offer free guided walks around the Ring of Brodgar, a stunning circle of upright standing stones dating to the Neolithic period. On the tour visitors uncover the history behind the people who created the Ring of Brodgar, the possible reasons for its creation and what it may have been used for.

There are guided walks every Thursday at 13.00 throughout May, September to December, and every day during June, July and August.

Notes for editors

  • The Orkney World Heritage Site Ranger Service can be contacted on 01856 841 732.
  • No advance booking is required for Brodgar Birds or the Ring of Brodgar guided tours. Visitors are advised to wear appropriate outdoor clothing.
  • Historic Scotland is responsible for 36 properties in Orkney ranging from the Broch of Gurness to the Knap of Howar and the Hackness Nartello Tower and Battery.
  • Skara Brae Rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of Rangers – there are also Ranger Services at Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Peel.
  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. For information visit
  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763