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Summer Nature Programme gets underway

Published: 30 May 2022

The Shetland Amenity Trust are excited to launch a new programme of nature events taking place throughout Shetland this summer from June to September 2022. The events cover many aspects of Shetland’s unique natural heritage, with everything from guided walks to family days out, children’s activities and training courses, there's something for everyone. The programme is also an opportunity to celebrate Shetland’s remarkable landscape and geology, recognising its status as a UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Trust’s Natural Heritage Officer, Rory Tallack said: “Shetland really comes to life in the summer and we are keen to help people to get out there and enjoy it.  The schedule has been designed to appeal to children and families as well as seasoned wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts.”

The Shetland Amenity Trust has partnered with Shetland Wildlife Community Group to deliver these events which celebrate the islands fantastic nature and wildlife. There are a range of outdoor activities to choose from including guided walks with the experts, wild flower and woodland walks and wildlife drop-ins covering autumn bird migration, cetacean spotting and rock pooling.

Families can enjoy a day out at Sumburgh Head for European Maritime Day, as well as exploring the wonderful world of pollinators at the Lerwick Flower Park, discovering magical moths at the Crofthouse Museum; get arty with printmaker Linda Richardson in Brae and join our woodland team in Kergord for leaf printing, bug hotels, mud cakes, cooking outdoors and more.

Rory continued: “The new summer programme will replace the week-long Shetland Nature Festival event which was last held in 2019. We hope that this new format will enable more people to get involved and allow us to explore and share more of what Shetland has to offer during the summer months.

“We will also be attending some of Shetland’s agricultural shows, where people can drop by for a chat, meet our wildlife and nature experts and find out more about the work we do.”

While many events are held on a drop-in basis, some do require booking. The programme is now available online where you can view full event details and book tickets.

The Shetland Amenity Trust’s heritage sites have now all reopened for the 2022 season. Including the Shetland Crofthouse Museum, Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village, Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve and the Shetland Museum and Archives. For opening times and to book click here.