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Tuesday 28th February 2012
unusual frog at Cunningsburgh - Jim
Sunday 26th February 2012
Stoat at Girlsta - Paula Moss
Sunday 30th October 2011
3 or 4 unidentified bats were at Burrafirth late this afternoon.
Saturday 8th October 2011
Stoat and Mountain Hare near Uyea,
Northmavine - Paula Moss
Monday 29th August 2011
A Nathusius' Pipistrelle was found in a
shed at Baliasta on Unst.
Wednesday 27th July 2011
Round-leaved Sundew and Bog Asphodel at Lunna - Diane Adams
Monday 18th July 2011
Grass of Parnassus and Field Gentian at Sand - Julie Redpath
Saturday 18th June 2011
Brown Rat at Boddam - John Moncrieff
Wednesday 15th June 2011
Parti-coloured Bat - Kate Tyler
A Parti-coloured Bat was found freshly dead at Noss, Spiggie.
Tuesday 14th June 2011
Wood Mouse at Sumburgh Head - Roger Riddington
Sunday 12th June 2011
Oysterplant at Northmavine - S Cromarty
Friday 10th June 2011
Leisler's Bat - Glen Tyler
Shetland's third Leisler's Bat was found on Whalsay, but later died.
Sunday 15th May 2011
Wood Mouse at Gutcher - Andy Gear
Thursday 14th April 2011
Mountain Hares at Weisdale - Jim Nicolson
Saturday 2nd April 2011
Mountain Hare at Tingwall - Andy Gear
Wednesday 23rd March 2011
Hedgehog - Andy Gear
Monday 14th March 2011
Mountain Hare at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson
Saturday 5th March 2011
Hedgehog at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle
Monday 26th February 2011
The bat sp. was at Norwick.
Saturday 26th February 2011
bat sp. at Skaw, Unst - Rob Brookes (2
photos); Rory Tallack (one photo)
Friday 25th February 2011
Frogspawn at Sandgarth, Voe - Beth Gerrard
Saturday 29th January 2011
Mountain Hare near Stromfirth - Austin Taylor
Thursday 20th January 2011
Mountain Hare at Cunningsburgh - George Petrie
Tuesday 16th November 2010
A medium-sized bat sp. was flying around Baliasta
on Unst at mid-day.
Monday 1st November 2010
Agea tridens caught off Muckle Roe lighthouse
- Ian Nicolson
Sunday 3rd October 2010
Pipistrelle sp. at Lerwick - Ivan Hawick
25th September 2010
Polecat-ferret at Quendale - John Moncrieff
Tuesday 14th September 2010
A bat sp. was seen flying around Ordale in
Baltasound at dusk.
Friday 6th August 2010
Field Gentian at Reawick - Julie Redpath
Tuesday 3rd August 2010
Char at Girlsta - Davie Nicolson
Wednesday 30th June 2010
A bat sp. was seen flying around Westerloch Brae, Lerwick at 21:15.
Sunday 30th May 2010
Common Frog at Sand - Karn Crow
Sunday 23rd May 2010
Mountain Hare in North Mainland - Dougie Preston
Saturday 22nd May 2010
Mountain Hare at North Nesting - Gordon Waddell
Sunday 21st March 2010
Common Frogs at Frakkafield - Austin Taylor
Sunday 7th March 2010
The first frogspawn has been sighted at Sandgarth,
Thursday 4th March 2010
Flying Squid Todarodes
sagittatus on Bressay - Glen Tyler
Saturday 27th February 2010
Mountain Hare at Nesting -
Saturday 12th December 2009
Deal-fish - Helen Moncrieff
This Deal-fish was found dead on the beach at
West Voe of Sumburgh - it was 160 cm long and 30 cm deep.
Sunday 11th October 2009
A dead Sunfish was found on Skaw
Friday 17th July 2009
Albino Polecat x Ferret at Levenwick - Barbara Dinnage
Thursday 16th July 2009
Noctilucent clouds - Ivan Hawick
Tuesday 23rd June 2009
Parti-coloued Bat at Lerwick - Glen Tyler; Polecat x Ferret at Exnaboe - John Moncrieff
A Parti-coloured Bat with a broken wing was found at Bell's Brae school, Lerwick.
Friday 12th June 2009
Hedgehog at Cunningsburgh - Robin Gosden
Wednesday 27th May 2009
"Yellow rabbit" at Tresta - Ian Nicolson
Wednesday 1st April 2009
Mountain Hare at Cunningsburgh - George Petrie
Friday 6th March 2009
Mountain Hares at Nesting - Hugh Harrop; and at
Sandsound - Ray Johnston
Wednesday 25th February 2009
Frogs have returned to
the pond at Oxensetter in Northmavine.
Monday 23rd February 2009
bat sp. at Lerwick - Gary Bell
A bat sp. was flying around Pullars Loch at Ness
of Sound, Lerwick, in the afternoon.
Friday 9th January 2009
A small bat seen flying around a house in South
Trondra on about 20the December 2008 was found dead today and identified as a
10th December 2008
pipistrelle sp. - Mike Pennington
This presumed Nathusius' Pipistrelle was
found at Haroldswick, where it flew into the hall and was caught in a teatowel.
It was taken to Halligarth, where it was released and flew off strongly. The
only pipistrelle confirmed in Shetland so far is Nathusius's Pipistrelle, a
scarce migrant from eastern Europe.
Friday 17th October 2008
Stoat near Mossbank - George Graham
Friday 4th July 2008
English Stonecrop on Out Skerries - Wendy Dickson
Friday 16th May 2008
Shetland Mouse-ear, Moss Campion, Early Purple Orchid and Thrift at Keen of Hamar - Vaila Smith
Tuesday 29th January 2008
Mountain Hare at Grunnafirth - Hugh Harrop
Sunday 2nd September 2007
Autumn Gentian at Fladdabister - Dave Okill
Friday 31st August 2007
Sea Aster at Isbister, Whalsay - Ann Henderson
Wednesday 22nd August 2007
Polecat-ferret at Billister, Nesting - George Graham
Thursday 9th August 2007
Bouy Barnacle at Heylor - Gordon Waddell
Monday 14th May 2007
Shetland Mouse-ear, Early Purple Orchid, Northern Rockcress,
moss sp., Frog Orchid (with Moss Campion) and Alpine Meadow-rue all on Keen of
Hamar - Vaila Smith
Tuesday 3rd April 2007
There are already tadpoles at Sandgarth, Voe.
Saturday 31st March 2007
Mountain Hare - Karn Crow
This Mountain Hare still in winter pelage was at North
Tuesday 13th March 2007
There were 4 Mountain Hares on Scrae Field, Quarff.
Monday 5th March 2007
About 50 Common Frogs are back at the pond at Oxensetter, Northmavine.
Sunday 25th February 2007
There are 10 clumps of Common Frog spawn at Sandgarth, Voe.
Thursday 22nd February 2007
A white-coated Stoat was seen at Fogrigrath, West Burrafirth.
Friday 16th February 2007
A white-coated Stoat was dead in the road just north of Sand Water.
Saturday 3rd February 2007
Lesser Celandine is already in flower at Sandgarth, Voe.
Monday 25th December 2006
Deal Fish - Brydon Thomason
This Deal Fish was found still alive in the ebb on Fetlar.
Wednesday 25th October 2006
A small bat, presumably a Nathusius' Pipistrelle was seen at close range at
Thursday 19th October 2006
This Deal Fish was found stranded on the shore at Norwick by Freda
Gray and photographed by Barbara Priest.
Wednesday 11th October 2006
A Nathusius' Pipistrelle was found at Sumburgh.
Saturday 16th September 2006
A small bat, presumably a species of pipistrelle, was seen in Bakland,
Lerwick, in the afternoon.
Sunday 10th September 2006
Beadlet Anemones at Norwick - Wendy Dickson
Saturday 9th September 2006
Dahlia Anemone and Chiton at Burrafirth - Wendy Dickson
Friday 25th August 2006
mosses from the SBRC mosses course and Grass of Parnassus, all in the
Tuesday 15th August 2006
White Sedge at Northdale, Unst
Sunday 13th August 2006
English Stonecrop on Out Skerries
Sunday 6th August 2006
Curved Sedge at Quendale and Herb Robert and Grass-leaved Orache at Boddam
Thursday 3rd August 2006
Hedgehog at Norwick
Monday 31st July 2006
Field Gentian at Clumlie - Dave Hall
Tuesday 25th July 2006
Autumn Gentian and Frog Orchid at Baltasound
Monday 24th July 2006
Alpine Lady's Mantle on Ronas Hill; Red Bartsia at Grutness;
Wood Burdock at Scatness
Tuesday 18th July 2006
Bog Orchid on Yell
Tuesday 4th July 2006
Frog Orchid and Arctic Sandwort on the Keen of Hamar
Monday 3rd July 2006
Wall Rue in Scalloway; Brittle Bladder Fern and Hart's
Tongue in Lerwick
Sunday 2nd July 2006
Stone Bramble and Mountain Everlasting with Bird's-foot
Trefoil on the Keen of Hamar
Sunday 27th June 2006
Oysterplant at Urafirth -
Friday 16th June 2006
Early Purple Orchid - Robert Gray; Moss Campion - Lauren Brewster;
Edmondston's Chickweed - Stuart Ferguson: all at Keen of Hamar
Sunday 11th June 2006
Water Avens at Sandgarth - Tony & Beth Gerrard
Although known from this site for many years this site may be 'new' as it is
not in Scott & Palmer's 1987 county flora.
Friday 12th May 2006
Moss Campion and Early Purple Orchid on the Keen of Hamar - Wendy Dickson
Wednesday 15th March 2006
About 30 Common Frogs have appeared in the garden pond at Oxensetter
in Northmavine; they are 10 days later than last year (not surprisingly given
Common Frogs - Stan Brown
Sunday 12th March 2006
About 10 Common Frogs are in a garden pond at Voehead, Bressay,
although the first frogspawn appeared amongst the last of the ice
Sunday 12th February 2006
The first frogspawn has been reported from Dales Voe, Delting.
Wednesday 25th January 2006
Lesser Celandine is already in bloom at Sandgarth, Voe.
Saturday 3rd September 2005
Two fungi from Ronas Hill - a Russula sp. and Cep boletus
Friday 2nd September 2005
A bat sp. was seen at Veensgarth in the evening.
Tuesday 2nd August 2005
Meadowsweet at Burrafirth - Wendy Dickson
Friday 29th July 2005
Water Avens - Mike
Pennington; Green Spleenwort and the endemic dandelion Taraxacum
on the Heogs on Unst
Thursday 28th July 2005
Three Unst Heiraceums - the Shetland endemics H. australius
and H. gratum and two photos of the more widespread H. sparsifolium -
Monday 4th July 2005
stranded Common Jellyfish at Burrafirth - Wendy Dickson
Wednesday 1st June 2005
This Holly plant was found in a ditch at Baltasound, despite being about 500m
from the nearest garden.
Friday 18th March 2005
Frogspawn at Burrafirth - Wendy Dickson
Wednesday 16th March 2005
The first frogspawn has been recorded at Voehead, Bressay.
Tuesday 8th March 2005
The first Frogspawn has appeared at Feall, Haroldswick.
Monday 7th March 2005
Frogs have returned to the pond at Oxensetter, Northmavine.
Thursday 3rd March 2005
A Stoat was seen in North Nesting south of Laxo.
Sunday 27th February 2005
Four clumps of Frogspawn were found in a ditch at Sandgarth, Voe.
Saturday 4th September 2004
A Basking Shark was seen off Fetlar.
Sunday 15th August 2004
There was a 1.5m Sunfish feeding off Vaila
off west Mainland in the evening and another about 2m high off Foula.
Three Basking Sharks were seen off the Scalloway isles.
Monday 25th August
Wendy Dickson found a freshly dead Skipper
or Saury Scomberesox saurus on Burrafirth beach today. It is
mainly a Mediterranean fish but they shoal northwards in summer and sometimes
get as far as Bering Sea.
Sunday 24th August
This bat was found at the RAF
camp at Haroldswick. Because it was in an area where children were playing, it
was put in a shoe box (without being handled) and moved to Halligarth, where it
was released. It was unclear at first whether it was Leisler's Bat or
Parti-coloured Bat, the latter a rare migrant which is not well-covered in the
literature. First Tony Blunden, and then Leif Gjerde (of the Norsk
Informasjonssenter for Flaggermus), saw the photos and suggested that it
appeared to be Parti-coloured Bat, and this identification has been
confirmed by Dr Hans J.
Baagøe, Curator of Mammals of the Zoological Museum, Copenhagen
Parti-coloured Bat on release at Baltasound - photo Margaret
Pennington, videograb Mike Pennington
It is the fifth Shetland record, although of course most bats seen in Shetland are not
Friday 20th June
Two plants not seen on Unst for 40 years have been relocated
by Sandy Payne. Both are on the edge of the Hill of Colvadale.
Three-flowered Rush is not known from any
other site in Shetland, while Alpine Saw-wort
is otherwise known only from Ronas Hill, and has not been seen there
Alpine Saw-wort -
Saturday 31st May 2003
Today was the Keen of Hamar Open Day - a chance to see the
reserve's special plants such as Edmondston's Chickweed
and Norwegian Sandwort. It is also an
exceptional year for flowering Stone Bramble
- the plant normally reproduces vegetatively and flowers are relatively
rare. Also seen were white-flowered specimens of both
Heath Dog Violet and
Stone Bramble (and Kidney Vetch) -
24th March 2003
PLEASE NOTE: since the recent unfortunate death of a bat worker who
contracted rabies, members of the public are strongly advised NOT to handle any
bats, even if they are ill or in distress. Dennis and Liz Buddle found a bat roosting on the harling on
the wall of their house at Haroldswick today. It was taken into care and will,
hopefully, be taken to more suitable bat habitat soon. From measurements it is
probably a Nathusius' Pipistrelle, a vagrant
from eastern Europe, which is the most frequent species of bat found in
The Unst bat - photo
7th March 2003
of the year was noted in the Haroldswick mires at Tupton.
11th February 2003
found squashed on the road at Burrafirth, is not only rather early but also the
observer's first at the site.