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The largest seabird colonies in the Orkney Islands are found here on cliffs of Old Red Sandstone almost 100m that stretch for 1.6km along the west coast of Mainland.
The reserve includes these cliffs with their many ledges, the northern part of the rocky Marwick Bay and some adjacent wet meadows
 Notable Species
The most numerous breeding seabirds are Common Guillemot and Kittiwake with smaller numbers of Razorbill and Northern Fulmar. Also nesting on these cliffs are Shag and Atlantic Puffin, Rock Dove, Rock Pipit, Northern Wheatear and Northern Raven, and Peregrine Falcon is sometimes seen.
Birds you can see here include:
Northern Fulmar, European Shag, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Northern Lapwing, Common Snipe, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Black-legged Kittiwake, Rock Dove, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Rock Pipit, Northern Wheatear, Northern Raven
 Other Wildlife
 Site Information
 History and Use
 Areas of Interest
 Access and Facilities
The reserve is reached on a minor road to Marwick Bay off the B9056 then on foot from the bay, parking is at HY228244.
Alternatively, there is a car-park at Cumlaquoy also reached by a minor road from the B9056, 1km north of the Marwick Bay turn-off at HY232250. From here the cliffs can be reached on foot.
Part of the cliffs can be seen well from good viewpoints on the cliff-top but great care is needed when near the cliff edge.
Grid reference: HY223248
 Contact Details
Tel: 01856 850176
 External Links
Content and images originally posted by Steve
Nothing to add to description. Brilliant up close views of all the birds. Fab Pros
Great location, good place for a picnic + other comments previously expressed. Pros