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Shetland Nature Festival 2016
2nd - 9th July 2016

Last updated: Monday 6th June 2016

Events are now open for booking at https://thelittleboxoffice.com/sat

Shetland Nature Festival in partnership with European Geoparks Week

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This year, the Shetland Nature Festival is set to be as exciting as ever. The Our Dynamic Earth team from Edinburgh will be back by popular demand, and we have a big arts focus with wildlife drawing and painting workshops at Sumburgh Head – there’s just so much going on!!

The programme may be subject to change. Unless otherwise stated, all U16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please note that children under 5 years go free to all events.

Saturday 2ND July

Noss Open Day and Festival launch with Our Dynamic Earth
Family friendly fun including guided walks, underwater viewing, face-painting, and other children’s activities, all in the spectacular setting of Noss National Nature Reserve. Joined this year by Our Dynamic Earth. Hot drinks and snacks available to purchase. Transport provided from Bressay Ferry Terminal.
When & Where: 1200 - 1600 (drop-in), Noss NNR
Price: Free

SUNDAY 3RD JULY

Zoom Coastal Creatures - Rockpooling at Sands of Sound
Pull on your wellies! Come rockpooling with RSPB Scotland to discover some of the amazing creatures that live on Shetland’s rocky shore. Anemones to butterfish - let’s see what we can find! Suitable for any age.
When & Where: 2 sessions; 1500 - 1600 & 1600 - 1700, Sands of Sound, Lerwick
Price: £5 per family
Booking: Recommended

Tree Magic - Woodland Journey
A journey through the woodland, looking at trees, their ‘magical’ properties and their place in folklore and religion. There will also be magical storytelling!
When & Where: 1400 - 1600, meet at Kergord main plantation
Price: £5 adults, £2.50 U16s/OAPs
Booking: Recommended

Monday 4th July

Zoom Bird Art at Sumburgh Head
An introduction to drawing seabirds at one of Shetland’s most accessible seabird colonies. The workshop will focus on drawing birds from life, by direct observation of the seabirds on the cliffs at Sumburgh Head. Suitable for all levels of drawing ability. Participants should bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing.
When & Where: 1000 – 1600, Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
Price: £30 per person (includes materials)
Booking: Essential

Earth Gazing with Our Dynamic Earth
Space exploration has helped us discover lots about the planet we call home. Find out about Tim Peake’s recent mission to the International Space Station and how seeing Earth from space has changed how we think about and understand our planet. Design an Earth inspired pendant.
When & Where:
1100 - 1300 & 1400 - 1600 (drop-in), Baltasound Hall, Unst
Price: Free


Zoom Wet and Wild Adventure Day

See Shetland from a whole new angle through a day of outdoor water-sports and exploration, which could include canoeing and/or coasteering. The activity will be chosen on the day in view of weather and conditions. Transport provided. Minimum age 10.
When & Where: 1000 - 1600, meet at St Sunniva Street Stores
Price: £35 per person
Booking: Essential

Coastal Creatures - Rockpooling at Hamnavoe
Pull on your wellies! Come rockpooling with RSPB Scotland to discover some of the amazing creatures that live on Shetland’s rocky shore. Anemones to butterfish - let’s see what we can find! Suitable for any age.
When & Where: 1500 - 1630, Hamnavoe Pier, Burra
Price: £5 per family
Booking: Recommended


Mousa Mystery
RSPB Mousa nature reserve is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Join RSPB Scotland to explore this fascinating island. Learn about its inhabitants - past and present.
When & Where:  1300 – 1600, Meet at the Mousa Boat, Leebitton Pier, Sandwick. (see www.mousa.co.uk for sailing info).
Price: £5 adult, £2 Children (50% RSPB members discount). Mousa ferry fare not included.
Booking: Recommended

Sumburgh Spectacular
Join RSPB Scotland for a guided walk and you’ll be privileged to witness the amazing spectacle of thousands of breeding seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, shags and fulmars.
When & Where: 0930 - 1100, Sumburgh Head Main Car Park
Price: £5 adults / £2 children (50% RSPB members discount)
Booking: Recommended

Tuesday 5th July

Earth Gazing with Our Dynamic Earth
Space exploration has helped us discover lots about the planet we call home. Find out about Tim Peake’s recent mission to the International Space Station and how seeing Earth from space has changed how we think about and understand our planet. Design an Earth inspired pendant.
When & Where:
1100 - 1350 (drop in), Gilbertson Hall, Lerwick
Price: Free

Worm Charming
Your objective is to charm as many worms from the ground as possible in 30 minutes! This is a fun and frantic activity for all the family. Soup, sandwiches and worm appreciation activities 1200 - 1330!
When & Where:
Charming commences at 1400 sharp! Gilbertson Park kickabout pitch, Lerwick
Price:
Suggested donation of £5 per plot on the day
Booking: Registration 1300 - 1350 in the Gilbertson Hall

A Walk to the Arctic
At 450m, Ronas Hill is the highest point in Shetland. Freezing temperatures and fierce winds are still shaping the land, and Arctic plants cling to the hillside. This walk will take you to the summit and back, taking in plants and geomorphology along the way. Please be aware this is a strenuous walk. Minimum age 10.
When & Where: 1000 – 1530 approx., meet at Collafirth Mast
Price: £5 adults, £2.50 U16s/OAPs
Booking: Essential

Wednesday 6th July

Zoom Botanical Drawing with Local Artist Diane Garrick
Drawing from live plants, you will explore the potential of graphite, getting to grips with line, measurements and tone. Suitable for all levels of drawing ability. Participants should bring a packed lunch.
When & Where: 1000 - 1600, Sumburgh Head Education Centre
Price: £30 per person (includes materials)
Booking: Essential

Wild about Fetlar
Join RSPB Scotland and Shetland Amenity Trust for an exclusive tour of Fetlar’s natural and cultural history. Learn how RSPB Scotland and partners unveiled one of the world’s great migrations and hear up-to-date news from the project.
When & Where: Meet at Gutcher, Yell for the 1005 ferry (or join at Belmont, Unst, on the 1020). Departing Fetlar on 1640 ferry.
Price: £30 per person (includes lunch and transport on Fetlar)
Booking: Essential


Wet and Wild Adventure Day

See Shetland from a whole new angle through a day of outdoor water-sports and exploration, which could include canoeing and/or coasteering. The activity will be chosen on the day in view of weather and conditions. Transport provided. Minimum age 10.
When & Where: 1000 - 1600, meet at St Sunniva Street Stores
Price: £35 per person
Booking: Essential


Noss NNR Guided Walk
Join the Scottish Natural Heritage warden for a guided walk around the island of Noss to see incredible seabird colonies and spectacular views across Shetland.
When & Where: 1100 – 1700 Meet at Noss ferry
Price: Free (Noss ferry adults £3, children £1.50.)
Booking: Recommended

Thursday 7th July

Otter Tracks and Signs
For most visitors to Shetland, Otters are high on their list of things to see, but the elusive nature of these animals means that many people leave disappointed. This walk will not guarantee you a sighting, but will show you how to search for Otters and recognise the signs of their presence.
When & Where: 1000 – 1200 or 1230 – 1430, Meet at Ulsta ferry terminal car park
Price: £5 adults £2.50 U16s/OAPs
Booking: Essential

Earth Gazing with Our Dynamic Earth
Space exploration has helped us discover lots about the planet we call home. Find out about Tim Peake’s recent mission to the International Space Station and how seeing Earth from space has changed how we think about and understand our planet. Design an Earth inspired pendant.
When & Where:
1100 - 1300 & 1400 - 1600 (drop-in), Shetland Museum & Archives (Learning Room), Lerwick
Price: Free

Practical Peat Restoration
Healthy peat bogs store and sequester carbon and help to mitigate climate change. Come and find out more about why it is important to restore damaged peat bogs and see how this is being done in Shetland. Participants will be doing some practical peatland restoration including building peat dams to rewet peat, repairing eroding peat hags and transplanting bog vegetation. It is fairly heavy and mucky work but the views are great and you will go away knowing that you have offset a bit of your carbon footprint.
When & Where: 1030-1500 (No need to stay for the full day) Meet at Fladdabister layby (HU42983204) at 1030
Price: Free
Booking: Recommended

Friday 8th July

Keen of Hamar Guided Walk
From a distance, the Keen of Hamar may appear to be a barren moonscape, but take a closer look and you’ll discover an array of wild flowers amongst the shattered stones. Learn about Unst’s fascinating geology and encounter some of Britain’s rarest flowers, including Edmondston’s Chickweed, which grows nowhere else in the world.
When & Where: 1030 - 1230, meet at Keen of Hamar car park
Price: Free
Booking: Recommended

Hermaness Guided Walk
With its stunning coastline and spectacular seabird colonies, Hermaness National Nature reserve is a must-see for any visitor to Shetland. Get up close and personal with Puffins and experience sensory overload as you see, hear and smell the reserve’s huge Gannet colony.
When & Where: 1330 - 1700 approx., meet at Hermaness car park
Price:Free
Booking: Recommended

Zoom Climb Shetland Taster Session
Have a go at sea-cliff climbing with Shetland Climbing Club on beginner-friendly sandstone crags. This activity involves a walk to and from the crag. Please wear suitable walking boots and clothing and bring trainers or similar. Minimum age 10.
When & Where: 1800 - 2100, location to be confirmed.
Price: £10 per person
Booking: Essential

Saturday 9th July

Zoom Sumburgh Head Fun Day with Our Dynamic Earth
Get to know the seabirds that live life on the edge at Sumburgh Head!  With expert advice and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Join Our Dynamic Earth for family-friendly fun in and around Sumburgh Head.
When & Where: 1200 - 1600, Sumburgh Head
Price: Outdoor activities / Education Centre free.
Visitor Centre: Adult £6.00, Child (5+) £2.00, Concession (inc RSPB members) £4.00, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £12.50

DISCLAIMER
This website may contain information about activities which by reason of their physical exertion or the degree of physical fitness required may be unsuitable or dangerous for certain persons, or the web site may describe activities which are inherently dangerous. Shetland Nature Festival makes no representations as to the nature, quality or suitability about any or all of the activities shown on this site and the user agrees that the user shall be responsible for first satisfying himself/herself by independent enquiry or advice as to the suitability of the particular activity.

Contact Details

Shetland Amenity Trust / Geopark Shetland - 01595 694688

RSPB Shetland Office - 01950 460800

Scottish Natural Heritage - 01595 693345