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Shetland Nature Festival is co-organised by Shetland Amenity Trust, RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and Geopark Shetland, and is funded by Awards for All Lottery Funding, with a contribution from Shetland Islands Council.

Shetland Amenity Trust

A champion for Shetland’s unique heritage and culture. It has overarching responsibility for protecting and developing Shetland’s archaeology, architecture, woodlands, environment, place names and natural heritage as well as interpreting Shetland’s heritage and culture and supporting the network of community museums located throughout the isles.

Shetland Amenity Trust's Ranger Service is responsible for the organisation of the Shetland Nature Festival, through funding from Shetland Islands Council.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The charity which speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. RSPB has had a presence in Shetland for over a century.

The RSPB is the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe, with over one million members, over 200 nature reserves and over 13,500 volunteers. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work.  

If you would like to find out more about the RSPB, please visit www.rspb.org.uk or contact the RSPB Shetland Office, 01950 460800 or shetland@rspb.org.uk.

Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.


Scottish Natural Heritage

Shetland is a land of moors and scattered crofting townships ringed by dramatic coastal scenery. Our communities have a long tradition of living and working with abundant wildlife, fragile habitats and glorious landscapes.

Funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage’s role here is to help promote and maintain the delicate balance between people, their economic, social and physical and mental well-being, and the natural heritage that is so important, both in its own right and as a contributor to our quality of life.

Promoting greater understanding and enjoyment of nature is one of our key purposes, so we are pleased to be working once again with our partner organisations on the fourth Shetland Nature Festival, supporting our mission: All of nature for all of Scotland.

For more information, visit: www.snh.gov.uk


Geopark Shetland

Shetland has been awarded membership of the European Geoparks Network, in recognition of its incredible earth heritage and the work undertaken by Geopark Shetland. The EGN is part of a larger Global Geoparks Network that currently has 66 Geoparks in 20 Member States and is supported by UNESCO.

Managed by Shetland Amenity Trust, with support from a multi-agency working group, Geopark Shetland has developed a range of imaginative projects that bring to life the stories told by Shetland’s rocks. These stories reveal how the world has formed and changed over billions of years.

Oceans opening and closing, mountains forming and eroding, tropical seas, volcanoes, deserts, ice ages…and how Shetland’s geology has influenced every aspect of life in the isles.

For more information visit: https://www.shetlandamenity.org/geopark-shetland