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Shetland Nature Festival starts this weekend

Published: 02 July 2019

Shetland Nature Festival kicks off this weekend with Coasteering, open days at Noss and Sumburgh Head, family activities, guided walks, a talk on Seabirds by Will Miles, croft tours, botanical drawing classes, and much, much more.  The Nature Festival starts this Saturday at Noss and concludes next weekend in Unst.

This year’s festival boasts its biggest programme yet and events are booking up fast.  You can have a go at watersports, try your hand at Botanical drawing, learn about marine ecology, go rockpooling with the kids, and even search for minibeasts.  There are a huge range of guided walks and expert talks with events taking place throughout the day and in the evenings too.

Shetland Amenity Trust put on the annual Nature Festival and are keen to get as many people as possible involved.  Paul Harvey from the Trust said, “Shetland really comes to life in the summer and we are keen to help people to get out there and enjoy it.  With the summer holidays starting next week, we have worked hard to put on lots of events that will appeal to families as well as events that will attract seasoned wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts.”


The Trust has been working closely with local businesses, organisations, individuals and community groups this year to expand what the festival can offer.  The new Heritage Season Ticket will also save money on entry fees for people visiting the Sumburgh Head, Crofthouse Museum, and Old Scatness open days.


Paul continued, “We hope this will be our best festival yet and we are really pleased to be working with local communities to deliver events throughout Shetland.  We are also excited to have a range of expert speakers giving talks throughout the week, including author of ‘The Dark Stuff’, Donald Murray.  He will explore our relationship with peat and moorland throughout Europe, and the role it plays in culture, folklore, and in mitigating climate change.”


To find out more and to book events see the nature festival website www.shetlandnaturefestival.co.uk or call the Trust on 01595 694688.