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Shetland Nature Events 2022

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We are excited to launch a new programme of nature events taking place throughout Shetland this summer from June to September.

We have partnered with Shetland Wildlife Community Group to deliver this programme which celebrates the islands fantastic nature and wildlife. 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.

While many events are held on a drop-in basis, some do require booking - view our programme below for all the details.

Download our event poster here (pdf.)

JUNE

Sunday 5 June - European Maritime Day at Sumburgh Head - view event poster

Friday 17 June - Sumburgh Head Guided Walk 

Saturday 25 June - Burn of Valayre Woodland Walk

JULY

Sunday 3 July - Wild Flowers walk to Sumburgh 
11am - 3pm | Free | Booking now
A circular walk up Sumburgh's west coast to Sumburgh Head, returning back via Compass Head and Grutness. Although we will be majoring on wild flowers, we will also keep an eye out for birds, mammals and insects. This event is run in collaboration with the Shetland Community Wildlife Group.

Thursday 14 July - Sumburgh Head Guided Walk 
11am - 3pm  |  £10pp  | Book now
Join our ranger on a guided walk around Sumburgh Head - enjoy spectacular views, beautiful wild flowers and some of the most accessible seabird colonies in Britain.
The walk will include a tour of the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Visitor Centre. There will be a lunch break at the Lighthouse, you can choose to take a packed lunch with you and relax outdoors or dine in at the popular Unken Kaffee (please note the cost of lunch is not covered). Meeting point: Sumburgh Hotel Car Park.

Sat 16 & Sun 17 July - Plants and Habitats Training Course: CANCELLED

Thursday 21 July - Peerie Pollinators
12noon - 3pm | Free | Drop-in event 
Join us for family fun in the Lerwick Flower Park, exploring the wonderful world of pollinators, from moths & butterflies to bees & hoverflies, and picking up tips on how you can look after them.

Sunday 24 July - Bog Day
Free drop-in event, more details coming soon...

Wednesday 27 July - Forest Treasures 
1pm - 4pm | Free | Drop-in event
Join us for a fun-filled family afternoon at Kergord. Activities will include leaf printing, making a bug hotel, cooking with fire and making seed-filled mud cupcakes.  Each family will get a free tree to take home!

AUGUST

Monday 8 August - Magical Moths
10am - 1pm | Free | Booking will open on 18 July
We will take a short walk to a garden to examine the contents of moth traps that have been set the previous night. Participants will be helped to identify a broad range of moth species and see how a moth trap works. Meeting point: Shetland Crofthouse Museum, Dunrossness.
This event is run in collaboration with the Shetland Community Wildlife Group.

Friday 12 August - Wonderful Woodlands 
10am - 2pm | Free | Mix of drop-in and bookable events. Please book your space on the guided walk, taking place at 10am, 11am and 12pm
Join us for a guided walk through the Brae Community Woodland, where you’ll collect materials for art activities with artist and printmaker Linda Richardson at the Brae Hall. We will also have lots of information, displays and children’s activities in the Brae Hall so come along and find out more about Shetland’s Wonderful Woodlands. This event is run in collaboration with the Shetland Community Wildlife Group.

Sunday 21 August - Wildlife Drop-ins
1pm - 4pm | Free | Drop-in at locations below:
- Waders autumn migration at Pool of Virkie
- Cetacean spotting at Scord Beach
- Birdwatching from the new RSPB Loch of Spiggie hide
- Look for cetaceans & seabirds at Sumburgh Head
- Investigate the intertidal rock pools at Leebitton
This event drop-in event is run in collaboration with the Shetland Community Wildlife Group and RSPB Scotland

SEPTEMBER

Sat 3 and Sun 4 Sept - Autumn Birds Course
9am - 5pm each day | £60pp | Book now
On this 2-day course we will visit a range of sites to look for resident and migrant birds, discuss how we identify them and cover some aspects of their biology. The course is targeted at beginners and those with some knowledge of birds.