Shetland Nature Festival
"Shetland has a wild magic all of its own. This land of sea and sky is bubbling with natural promise and the chance of a surprise encounter around every bay and over every hill. The Shetland Nature Festival celebrates this magic and encourages everyone to get out there, explore and enjoy the world around them. I'm very proud to support the festival and hope you discover the beauty and glory of wild Shetland for yourselves."
- Simon King (Festival Patron)
Whether you'd like to sit amongst Puffins at some of Europe's most spectacular seabird colonies, watch Killer Whales as they hunt around the coast, see otters up close or find some of Britain's rarest flowers, Shetland has it all and there's no better time to visit than during the Shetland Nature Festival. The festival covers all aspects of Shetland’s unique natural heritage, and with everything from guided walks to family days out and evening talks there's something for everyone.
Shetland Nature Festival 2020 - 4th to 25th July
This year the Shetland Nature Festival will take place over three weeks in July. In previous years it was held over a single week and we have feedback from participants and from people that would like to particpate that they couldn't manage to do everything in the single week. We have decided to try spreading it out a bit this year to see if that enable more people to get involved.
We are working on the programme now and plan to have lots of interesting events on throughout the festival. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the launch of the programme.
European Geoparks Week
From the highest sheer cliffs in Britain to the best ‘hands on’ exposure of the Great Glen Fault, Shetland is more geologically diverse than any similar sized area in Europe. Where else can you walk on ancient oceanic crust, explore an extinct volcano and stroll across shifting sands all in a day?
Shetland Nature Festival will once again be teaming up with Geopark Shetland for European Geoparks Week, a Europe-wide festival aimed at raising public awareness of geoconservation and promoting geological heritage through a range of activities and events.