Come sit outside on the decking (weather permitting) or just sit in the tearoom with your binoculars and enjoy the abundant birdlife to be seen in the fields surrounding us. Curlews, oyster catchers, lapwings, wheatears, golden plover, fieldfares and wrens in abundance and if you’re lucky you may see both male and female hen harriers drifting by as they hunt for the Orkney vole.
However, things weren’t always so quiet and peaceful. If you had been here 70 years ago it would have been the roar of planes including Spitfires and Hurricanes from nearby RAF Skeabrae.
Skeabrae (RAF Skeabrae, also known as RNAS Skeabrae) air field opened in August 1940 as a Royal Navy airfield. Construction was far from complete however and the first aircraft did not land until 15 September. (For more information on the airfields see our links page)
In the walls of the building behind the tearoom is housed sparrow and starling city. We have placed bird boxes and feeding stations around the premises as well as planting bird-friendly seedling flowers in an attempt to encourage more and to help them through the winter. RSPB leaflets and other local bird information are available on our information rack.