Orkney nature project moves forward

A project to help make it easier to get up close to the wildlife on Orkney has come a stage closer thanks to new funding.

RSPB Scotland has announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Orkney LEADER  have approved grants to allow the development of stage 2 of the Enjoy Wild Orkney project.

Orkney features many creatures, plants and birds due to it's position on the gulf stream

Orkney features many creatures, plants and birds due to it's position on the gulf stream

The funding was welcomed by RSPB Scotland’s Orkney Area Manager Eric Meek, “We are most grateful for this support and the help we have received in putting together the bid from so many people and organisations throughout Orkney. As a result of these grants we can now employ a consultant to help us develop our proposals to a stage where the project can be considered for full funding later in the year”

Enjoy Wild Orkney aims to make it much easier for people to access Orkney’s fantastic wildlife.

Ideas suggested in the proposal include the establishment of a Nature Festival in early May, a mini-amphitheatre to maximise the sounds of waders at the Loons, a downloadable self guided tour of nature hot spots on Orkney and inter-island ferry rangers.

The funding just announced will allow these ideas to be more fully developed for a stage 2 application to HLF later in the year.

Alister Brown from Orkney Island Council LEADER programme said, “ We are keen to support this initiative on Orkney and hope that a successful conclusion will lead to the full grant being awarded leading to long term benefits for Orkney’s wildlife and people.”

The development stage of Enjoy Wild Orkney will be managed by a project team headed up by RSPB Orkney Reserve Manager Andy Knight.