Butterflies, Bees and Brodgar

Even when the Ring of Brodgar is hotching with visitors you can still find places away from the madding crowds. Take a wander and you will not regret it.

Brodgar wildflowers 1

The wildflowers just now are stunning.Brodgar wildflowers 2

Grass cut paths through the flowers allow you to wander without crushing the plants or disturbing wildlife.

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The RSPB maintain this area for the flora and fauna and they are doing an excellent job.

Bumblebee Event

On Saturday, 20th of July, RSPB Orkney will be holding a Bumblebee event at Brodgar from 2 – 4pm. You do not need to book but if you do intend to go it is best to check if it is still on – everything in Orkney is weather dependent. 01856 850 176.

Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus), Orkney © Izzy Bunting (medium)

Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus), Orkney © Izzy Bunting

Non members: £3 for adults; £6 for families (up to 2 adults) Members: £2.50 for adults and £5.00 for families (up to 2 adults)

Follow the sign from the car park to meeting place, just before the Ring of Brodgar. There will be a self-led trail and three bumblebee-related activities. You will be able to observe and identify the different species of bumblebee, look at different wildflowers, talk about what you can do in your garden to help bees and have a go at carrying out a bumblebee survey. The event is family friendly and dogs are welcome on leads.

Big Butterfly Count

Friday, 19th of July is the Big Butterfly Count. If you don’t have a garden or you are here on holiday you could take part in the Big Butterfly Count – there are many lovely public gardens in Orkney you would be able to do this in – and Brodgar would also be ideal.


Visit Big Butterfly Count to download a butterfly chart or to download the App. The survey will take you 15 minutes of observation and you note down the butterflies and moths that you see within that time. Then you just send in your results. You can do it more than once from different locations if you are keen.

Whatever age you are it’s a great way to get out and about in Orkney.

Brodgar wildflowers 4

Reporter: Fiona Grahame

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