North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory & Guest House   

Book now for summer and autumn 2015

After a fantastic spring we're looking forward to an equally bird filled summer and autumn. We still have availability in both the guest house and hostel with room in the campsite too, so if you want to visit NRBO, don't delay- book now. Breeding sea-birds and waders are doing well and we'll be starting Storm Petrel ringing sessions from July. Returning waders will soon be arriving and the island can boast the best chance to see Pacific Golden Plover in the UK and with sea-passage also on the go, there's alsways something to see daily. Recent autumns have firmly established North Ronaldsay as one of the premier locations for rarities and great 'falls' of landbirds can also often occur. Its the time of year when anything can happen and with Eye-browed Thrush, Black-billed Cuckoo, Brown Shrike, Lesser Kestrel and Short-billed Dowitcher just some of the headline birds from the last few years, its easy to see why. So to avoid dissapointment Book your place now for Northern Isles birding at its very best.

Veery-the star bird the spring so far and just the 11th British (but 2nd North Ronaldsay) record.

2014 Bird Report

The latest, North Ronaldsay Bird Report for 2014 is now available. Click the image below for more details.

NRBO was established in 1987 to study and record the migrant birds that pass through Orkney's most northerly island each year. The number and variety of birds that arrive here on migration in Spring and Autumn can be spectacular, and North Ronaldsay is well-known as one of the best birdwatching sites in the country. The observatory also provides a variety of comfortable accommodation, including guest house, hostel and camping area, for visitors to the island.

See booking information and 2015 rates here.

Support North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory and our latest projects by becoming a 'Friend of NRBO'.You'll receive the brand new 2014 bird report and accommodation discounts so click on the link on the right of the page or download a membership form here.

***Latest news*** The 2014 NRBO Bird report is now available to order. To find out how you can get your hands on a copy click here

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, Twingness, North Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17 2BE,

Tel: 01857 633200


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Getting to North Ronaldsay

Friends of NRBO

NEW North Ronaldsay Bird Report

NEW Observatory Shop

About North Ronaldsay

 North Ronaldsay: a short introduction

Island Habitats


The North Ronaldsay Birding Year

Rarities on North Ronaldsay

Ringing on North Ronaldsay

NEW Birding Articles


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More 2015 spring highlights, from top White-rumped Sandpiper, Long-tailed Skua, Rustic Bunting