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Shetland Nature Festival 2017
1st - 9th July

Last updated: 6th June 2017

Events will be available to book online at https://thelittleboxoffice.com/sat from Monday 5th June.

Shetland Nature Festival is held in partnership with European Geoparks Week

Saturday 1st July

Noss Open Day

Family friendly fun including guided walks, underwater viewing, face-painting, and other children’s activities, all in the spectacular setting of Noss National Nature Reserve. Joined this year by Our Dynamic Earth. Hot drinks and food available to purchase.

Transport provided from Bressay Ferry Terminal

Time: 12.00noon – 4.00pm
Location: Noss National Nature Reserve, pickup from Bressay Ferry Terminal
Price: Free
Booking: Not Required


British Geological Survey Open Day: Auroras and Earthquakes

If you have you ever wondered what causes the aurora or why the Earth quakes, come along and find out at the science exhibition at the Shetland Museum and Archives, and sign up for an observatory tour. Staff from the British Geological Survey will be on hand to show and explain, to all ages, how we measure the Earth’s magnetic field, why space weather is so important, and how we detect earthquakes on the other side of the world.

Time: 10.00am – 17.00pm
Location: Shetland Museum & Archives, Lerwick
Price: Free
Booking: Not Required

Sunday 2nd July

Keen of Hamar Guided Walk

From a distance, the Keen of Hamar may appear to be a barren moonscape, but take a closer look and you’ll discover an array of wild flowers amongst the shattered stones. Learn about Unst’s fascinating geology and encounter some of Britain’s rarest flowers, including Edmondston’s Chickweed, which grows nowhere else in the world.

Meet at Keen of Hamar car park.

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: Keen of Hamar, Unst
Price: £7 adults / £3.50 under 16/OAP
Booking: Required

Tree Magic

A journey through the woodland, looking at trees, their ‘magical’ properties and their place in folklore and religion. There will also be magical storytelling!

Meet at Kergord main plantation.

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: Kergord
Price: £7 adults / £3.50 under 16/OAP
Booking: Required

Songwriting Workshop with Jenny Sturgeon

Through learning about lyrics, meter, melody and arrangement Jenny will provide you with tools for exploring songwriting, Workshops are open to all - no previous songwriting or musical experience necessary.

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm OR 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary
Price: £20
Booking: Required

 

Climb Shetland Taster Session

Have a go at sea-cliff climbing with Shetland Climbing Club on beginner-friendly crags. This activity involves a walk to and frm the crag. Please wear suitable walking boots and colothing and bring trainers or similar.

Minimum age 10. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: To be confirmed
Price: £10 per person
Booking: Required

Monday 3rd July

Purlin Aboot in da Ebb (Rockpooling)

Pull on your wellies! Come rockpooling with RSPB Scotland to discover some of the amazing creatures that live on Shetland's rocky shore.  Anemones to butterfish - let's see what we can find! Suitable for any age.

Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm OR 12.45pm – 1.45pm
Location: Sandsayre Pier
Price: £5 per family (4 people)
Booking: Required

 

Wet and Wild Coasteering Day

See Shetland from a whole new angle through a day of outdoor exploration around Shetland's coast. All equipment (including wetsuits) and transport will be provided.

The final destination will be decided on the day, dependent on weather.

Minimum age 10. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Meet at St Sunniva Street Stores.
Price: £35 per person
Booking: Required

 

Spectacular Sea Creatures P1-3

Come along to find out about some of the amazing sea life that is around our shores. We’ll investigate the specimens in the museum’s collection and then make a decopatch turtle and a hama bead seahorse.

Suitable for children aged Primary 1 – 3.

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Location: Learning Room, Shetland Museum and Archives
Price: £4.50
Booking: Required

 

Spectacular Sea Creatures P4-7

Come along to find out about some of the amazing sea life that is around our shores. We’ll investigate the specimens in the museum’s collection and then make a decopatch turtle and a hama bead seahorse.

Suitable for children aged Primary 4-7.

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Location: Learning Room, Shetland Museum and Archives
Price: £4.50
Booking: Required

 

Mousa Guided Walk

RSPB Mousa nature reserve is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Join RSPB Scotland to explore this fascinating island and discover its wild inhabitants.

Please note, the ferry must be paid separately on the day.

Time: 11.30am – 2.45pm
Location: From Sandsayre Pier
Price: £5.00 adults / £2.50 child – RSPB members, 50% discount. (price does not include ferry)
Booking: Not required – please pay cash on the day.

 

Tuesday 4th July

Peerie Pollinators

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.

Time: 10.00am – 11.30am
Location: Lerwick Flower Park
Price: Free
Booking: Not required

 

Noss National Nature Reserve Guided Walk

Join the Scottish Natural Heritage warden for a guided walk around the island of Noss to see incredible seabird colonies and spectacular views across Shetland.

Noss Ferry - £5 adults, £3 U-18s/students/Young Scot cardholders, U-5s free.

Time: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Location: Meet at Noss Ferry
Price: free (ferry fare for Noss payable on the day)
Booking: Not required

 

Purlin Aboot in da Ebb (Rockpooling)

Pull on your wellies! Come rockpooling with RSPB Scotland to discover some of the amazing creatures that live on Shetland's rocky shore, Anemones to butterfish - let's see what we can find! Suitable for any age.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Location: Sands of Sound beach, Lerwick
Price: £5 per family (4 people)
Booking: Required

Coastal Cooking

Fancy being Shetland's answer to Ray Mears?  Drop by and find out how to cook your own wild-foraged dinner on a Shetland shore.

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Location: Sands of Sound beach, Lerwick
Price: Donations welcome
Booking: Not required

 

Wednesday 5th July

Botanical Art Workshop

Art workshop with local artist, Diane Garrick. Drawing from live plants, you will explore the potential of graphite, getting to grips with line, measurements and tone.

Suitable for all levels of drawing ability.

Includes materials.

Participants should bring a packed lunch.

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Sumburgh Head Lighthouse – Stevenson Centre
Price: £30.00
Booking: Required

 

Wonderful Wildflowers

Do you know what a herbarium is? Come and discover the one at Shetland Museum and Archives. Then be inspired by the beautiful wildflowers to create your own lino block print.

Suitable for children in Primary 4-7.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Location: Learning Room, Shetland Museum and Archives
Price: £8.50
Booking: Required

 

Crafty Waders

Shetland is home to thousands of wonderful waders, like whaups (curlews) and shalders (oystercatchers).   Come along to try out some craft activities that celebrates our local long-legged long-necked long-beaked neighbours.

The local RSPB staff will have a stall from 11.00am.

Time: 11.00am – 1.30pm
Location: Gilbertson Park Games Hall
Price: Donations welcome
Booking: Not required

 

Worm Charming Challenge

Are you ready to rise to the challenge!?  Your objective is to charm as many worms from the ground as possible in 20 minutes!

This is a fun and frantic activity for all the family. Bring your own charming tools e.g. metal tent pegs, garden forks, xylophones...  No water allowed!   

Time: 1.45pm – 2.30pm
Location: Gilbertson Park
Price: Donations welcome
Booking: Register on the day by 1.45pm

 

Our Dynamic Earth – Extreme Environments: Polar and Alien Worlds

Join the Learning Team from Dynamic Earth and explore extreme environments that are both in and out of this world! Take a trip to Earth’s Polar Regions and discover how life is specially adapted to survive here with lots of exciting hands-on activities. Have you ever wondered if alien life could exist?

Explore the world of astrobiology and uncover the weird and wonderful variety of life that can survive at the limits of the biosphere. Could these help us discover life elsewhere in the universe? These exciting, hands-on activities guarantee fun for all the family!

Time: 11.00am - 15.00pm
Location: Gilbertson Park
Price: Free
Booking: Not required

 

Thursday 6th July

Otter Tracks and Signs

Otter Otter Zoom

For most visitors to Shetland, Otters are high on their list of things to see, but the elusive nature of these animals means that many people leave disappointed.

Although we can’t guarantee a sighting, this walk will show you how to search for Otters and recognise the signs of their presence.

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm / 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Location: Yell - Meet at Ulsta ferry terminal car park
Price: £7 adults, £3.50 u16/OAPs
Booking: Required

 

Wild About Fetlar

Join the RSPB Site Manager and Shetland Amenity Trust for this exclusive tour. Explore Fetlar’s natural and cultural history and learn about RSPB Scotland’s Red-Necked Phalarope project that unveiled one of the world’s great migrations.

Meet at Gutcher, Yell for the 10.05am ferry (or join at Belmont, Unst, on the 10.20am). 4.40pm ferry departing Fetlar.

Time: 10.00am – 4.40pm
Location: Meet at Gutcher Ferry
Price: £35.00
Booking: Required

 

Our Dynamic Earth – Extreme Environments: Polar and Alien Worlds

Join the Learning Team from Dynamic Earth and explore extreme environments that are both in and out of this world!

Take a trip to Earth’s Polar Regions and discover how life is specially adapted to survive here with lots of exciting hands-on activities. Have you ever wondered if alien life could exist? Explore the world of astrobiology and uncover the weird and wonderful variety of life that can survive at the limits of the biosphere. Could these help us discover life elsewhere in the universe?

These exciting, hands-on activities guarantee fun for all the family!

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm & 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Location: Braewick Café
Price: free
Booking: Not Required

 

Friday 7th July

Sumburgh Guided Walk

Join the RSPB Warden to find out about Sumburgh Head's summer residents, from Guillemots and Shags at the base of the cliffs to Fulmars and Puffins at the top.

Meet in the main lower car park.

Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Location: Sumburgh Head
Price: £5 adult, £2.50 child. RSPB members 50% discount
Booking: Not required – pay cash on arrival

 

Death of an Ocean – The Unusual Geology of Unst

Five hundred million years ago two continents collided.  The ocean that once separated them vanished, but a section of the former ocean floor can be seen on Unst.  The unusual rocks that it is made of have had a huge influence on the ecology, history and economy of the island.

Pay on the door for this evening lecture.

Time: 7.30pm
Location: North Unst (Haroldswick) Hall
Price: £3.50
Booking: Not required

 

Step Back in Time

Fancy taking your family 400 million years back in time?  RSPB Scotland can take you there! We’ll look for fossil fish and see amazing Devonian sand dunes that formed millions of years ago when Shetland was near the Equator!  We’ll also be looking at birds and flowers as we wander.

This walk will be aimed towards children.  Picnic encouraged!

Time: 10.00am – approx 1.00pm
Location: Meet Ness Boating Club
Price: £7 adults, £3.50 u16/OAPs
Booking: Required

 

Saturday 8th July

Trip to Botany Moon

Your mission is to explore this lunar landscape to discover its tiny wildflowers, one of which is found only in Unst and nowhere else in the world!

This event is suitable for children and families.

Meet at the Keen of Hamar car park.

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Keen of Hamar, Unst
Price: £7 per family
Booking: Required

 

Hermaness Guided Walk

With its stunning coastline and spectacular seabird colonies, Hermaness National Nature reserve is a must-see for any visitor to Shetland. Get up close and personal with Puffins and experience sensory overload as you see, hear and smell the reserve’s huge Gannet colony.

Meet at the Hermaness car park.

Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Location: Hermaness
Price: free
Booking: Not Required

 

Worm Charming and Wacky Waders

We'll have fun family activities about whaups and shalders (curlews and oystercatchers), followed by a fast and frantic 20min worm charming competition!  Who will be the worm charming champion of UnstFest?!  Bring your own charming tools e.g. metal tent pegs, garden forks, xylophones...  No water allowed!   

Registration for worm charming by 4.00pm

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: Baltasound, Regatta Park
Price: Donations welcome
Booking: Not Required

 

Our Dynamic Earth – Extreme Environments: Polar and Alien Worlds

Join the Learning Team from Dynamic Earth and explore extreme environments that are both in and out of this world!

Take a trip to Earth’s Polar Regions and discover how life is specially adapted to survive here with lots of exciting hands-on activities. Have you ever wondered if alien life could exist? Explore the world of astrobiology and uncover the weird and wonderful variety of life that can survive at the limits of the biosphere. Could these help us discover life elsewhere in the universe?

These exciting, hands-on activities guarantee fun for all the family!

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: Baltasound
Price: free
Booking: Not Required

 

Sunday 9th July

Bioblitz

There’s more to Hermaness than just birds!  Come and learn about plants, mammals and mini-beasts, and help us to record as many living species as we can find on the reserve.

Time: 11.00am onwards
Location: Hermaness
Price: free
Booking: Not Required

 

Contact Details

Shetland Amenity Trust / Geopark Shetland - 01595 694688

RSPB Shetland Office - 01950 460800

Scottish Natural Heritage - 01595 693345