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Protecting Orkney’s native wildlife and economy depends on us all working together, from landowners to tourism businesses, visitors to volunteers. It also depends on young people wanting to learn about and help protect their local environment.

As well as raising awareness about the importance of eradicating stoats from Orkney, the project wants to celebrate Orkney's incredible native wildlife and ensure people can be involved in all parts of the project.

This includes encouraging and supporting young people to learn about how to protect and help Orkney's wildlife through school visits and a youth forum and supporting research projects.

Orkney loves nature

A consultation during the project's development in 2018 revealed immense and widespread support for Orkney's native wildlife:

  • 92% believed we have a duty to protect our native wildlife.

  • 88% worried about the declines stoats would cause in native wildlife if nothing was done.

  • 84% supported eradicating stoats.

The team

The Education Officer is responsible for working with teachers and youth leaders so young people in Orkney have opportunities to learn about the wildlife that lives here, the threats it faces and can be actively involved in its protection. The community team runs events, provides regular updates, is here to answer questions and support people to get involved.


Throughout the project, the Education Officer is visiting schools across Orkney to deliver a series of lessons and assemblies about Orkney’s native wildlife and the threat of invasive non-native species particularly stoats.

Students and teachers are introduced to the project and sessions also cover trap safety awareness, vital knowledge if children find traps in the countryside. All lessons are adjusted for the age group and linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.

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"Such a difficult subject to cover with young children, but you delivered it in such a sensitive way and thoughtful manner."

P2/3 Teacher, St. Andrews Primary School

We offer classroom sessions to meet the National Curriculum, such as this one at Glaitness School

Other ways to get involved

The project team run regular community events including tourism workshops and in spring 2022 an Orkney Nature Youth Collective launched for young people in the county.

There are also opportunities to volunteer to help check traps, monitor wildlife, take part in citizen science, become a biosecurity champion as part of an incursion taskforce on the islands near to Orkney Mainland and much more.

Volunteers are taught the signs to look for when monitoring the Orkney vole

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Questions or concerns?

If you have any concerns or questions, you can check out the frequently asked questions. We are keen that everyone who wants to get involved can. If you want to find out more please contact us.

There are several places to find regular updates about the project including Facebook, blogs and a monthly column in the Orcadian.

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