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The Orkney Nature Festival will return in 2022 with four days of events, taking place between Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd May.

Since the festival began in 2013, thousands of people have enjoyed over 170 different events in islands across Orkney. This celebration of the county’s unique natural heritage and wildlife is coordinated by the local RSPB Scotland team and features nature-themed events organised and run by local groups, businesses, and individuals. Organisations involved in developing the upcoming festival include Orkney Field Club, Historic Environment Scotland, and the Orkney Native Wildlife Project.

For 2022, a packed programme sees events taking place on islands from Westray to South Ronaldsay, covering everything from snorkelling to storytelling, rockpooling to rambling.

Amongst the highlights this year are a trip to Graemsay with Orkney Native Wildlife Project on Thursday 19th, while on Saturday 21st the St Magnus Way are offering a guided walk in Egilsay.

Participants can gain a Stewards of the Sea certificate during a short course with Orkney Marine Mammal Research Initiative, or if land mammals are more your thing, you can find out all about the Orkney vole with an introduction to wildlife recording in Rousay. If you know your Taylor Swift from your Nick Drake, you might like to take part in the RSPB’s Big Bird Quiz at The Sound Archive, and bairns can get involved with the Peedie Pals nature hunt & photo competition too.

The full programme can be viewed on the official website and you can also find the festival on Facebook.