Friends of St Ninian's

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  • Images of Deerness 2015 Calendar

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    We will be at the East Mainland Show on Saturday 2nd August, selling the calendar, delicious home-made tablet and other goodies.......hope to see you there!!



    The Images of Deerness Calendar 2015 is now available to buy! Priced at £6.50, you can get it from Deerness Stores, The Reel, The Longship, We Frame It, Wm. Shearers or from Thelma Bruce at one of her many sales.

    It is also available by post - please send a cheque for £7.67 (including £1.17 p&p) to Denise Brown, Old Schoolhouse, Deerness, Orkney KW17 2QH

    It is crammed full of bonnie Deerness pictures, so hurry while stocks last!

Deerness News

  • Bird Report - July 2014


    At the beginning of the month I stopped the car as I approached Seatter to look at two well-grown

    Lapwing chicks in the field. Further along the road, near Ashley Rosie's, I encountered to a small

    Oystercatcher chick in the road as a very worried parent was alarmed when my car approached. It

    was a very slow driving pace as the panicking chick ran ahead before finally disappearing into the

    hedge quickly followed by the adult bird.

    I was lucky to have a second trip to the Holms of Copinsay with Sidney Foubister and it was fantastic

    to see a colony of Arctic Terns with chicks. Sid pointed out the sandeels around our boat which is

    really good news for the seabirds. There were lots of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, tysties and shags

    in the water and the seals were posing nicely.

    I did a beached birds survey at Newark Bay and spotted two Eider Ducklings being shepherded by

    two 'aunties'. There was a juvenile Pied Wagtail on the beach and a single Ringed Plover which made

    me wonder if there was a nest nearby. Two noisy Redshanks also accompanied my walk.

    There is aptly-named Sweet Rocket flowering along the beach and, on the path back, wild flowers

    were at their best - yellow ladies' bedstraw with its delicate leaves, purple vetch, kidney vetch,

    yarrow in pink and white, cocks & hens, the sparse flowers of silverweed, ragwort, sow thistle.

    Looking beyond the path into Russell's field, burdock was developing its sticky buds.

    On a visit to Sandside Bay wild flowers were again the theme as lady's mantle lined the track, along

    with mayweed, vetch and curly doddies. A meadow brown butterfly flitted among the flowers and

    a Curlew gave its alarm call - obviously a chick not far away. Oystercatcher chicks were sure to have

    been hiding also as the parent birds kept guard from atop a pile of dung!

    Reaching the beach I saw 3 Arctic Terns diving for sandeels, another lone Ringed Plover and a least

    100 Oystercatchers on the shore.

    Once again wild flowers were centre stage and I was surprised and delighted to find Grass of

    Parnassus in flower in the little meadow at Sandside

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    photo of Grass of Parnassus by Pauline Wilson

    along with yellow and bright purple vetch, eyebright, rosa rugosa, clover, mayweed,

    ragwort, yarrow. I also noted that Angelica is now in flower - a sign that the year is wearing on, but a

    lovely time of year nevertheless.

    Pauline Wilson


Welcome to our website!

Drawing of St Ninian's, Deerness by Isobel GardnerWelcome to The Friends of St Ninian’s website.  We aim to keep you informed not only about our organisation, its work and events, but also to open up the life and times of the Orkney parish of Deerness to local folk and visitors alike, whether in person, or across the world-wide web.

The photographs on this website show you a variety of landscapes and seascapes of Deerness – out to Copinsay, to the North Isles, Auskerry and back across to the rest of Mainland Orkney.  Enjoy these images, and please add more to the photo gallery.

Photo © Donna Eunson

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Join the Friends of St Ninian’s and help support our work in looking after the Lower Kirk and exploring the heritage and culture of Deerness. We welcome membership from Deerness folk, Deerness-connected folk and folk who simply want to support The Friends of St Ninian's because it's a worthwhile endeavour.

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