NorthLink Ferries has teamed up with RSPB Scotland to give families a chance to tap into their wild side.
Until September a set of ‘pop-up’ binoculars and wildlife calendar providing helpful nature-watching tips will be offered to families travelling on the ferry service, helping them spot unique wildlife as they make their way to and from the Northern Isles.
Peter Hutchinson, Customer Service Director at NorthLink Ferries, commented: “Sailing from the Scottish mainland to Orkney and Shetland offers a unique opportunity to take in breath-taking scenery as well as the opportunity see a host of interesting and unusual wildlife.
“The binocular and calendar packs help families to make the most of their chance to see some lesser known species as well as favourites such as seals and puffins as they travel and during their time on the islands. This is also a great way of showing children of any age that nature is all around at a time when technology can often be a barrier to such experiences.
“We hope that passengers enjoy the new wildlife packs and we look forward to hearing about what they manage to spot on their travels.”
The wildlife packs form a continuing partnership between NorthLink Ferries and RSPB Scotland which has seen previous initiatives such as last year’s popular wildlife cruise as part of the annual Orkney Nature Festival.
Alison Nimmo, Community Engagement Officer at RSPB Scotland, added: “We’ve enjoyed putting together some of our favourite family nature activities and tips to help with this good idea from NorthLink Ferries. We hope it will help fill family trips with experiences to treasure, from spotting whales to rock pooling to visiting one of the Northern Isles’ amazing seabird colonies.”
Passengers can collect their wildlife pack on board any of NorthLink Ferries’ three passenger vessels.
For more information about NorthLink Ferries or to view timetables, visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk or call 0845 6000 449.