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Tuesday 28th February 2012

unusual frog at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

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

Saturday 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, Voe.

Thursday 4th March 2010

Flying Squid Todarodes sagittatus on Bressay - Glen Tyler

Saturday 27th February 2010

Mountain Hare at Nesting - Brydon Thomason

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 beach.

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 Nathusius' Pipistrelle.

Wednesday 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 Nesting.

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 Swinister, Sandwick.

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 westside - Micky Maher

Tuesday 15th August 2006

White Sedge at Northdale, Unst - Micky Maher

Sunday 13th August 2006

English Stonecrop on Out Skerries - Micky Maher

Sunday 6th August 2006

Curved Sedge at Quendale and Herb Robert and Grass-leaved Orache at Boddam - Micky Maher

Thursday 3rd August 2006

Hedgehog at Norwick - Mike Pennington

Monday 31st July 2006

Field Gentian at Clumlie - Dave Hall

Tuesday 25th July 2006

Autumn Gentian and Frog Orchid at Baltasound - Micky Maher

Monday 24th July 2006

Alpine Lady's Mantle on Ronas Hill; Red Bartsia at Grutness; Wood Burdock at Scatness - Micky Maher

Tuesday 18th July 2006

Bog Orchid on Yell - Micky Maher

Tuesday 4th July 2006

Frog Orchid and Arctic Sandwort on the Keen of Hamar - Micky Maher

Monday 3rd July 2006

Wall Rue in Scalloway; Brittle Bladder Fern and Hart's Tongue in Lerwick - Micky Maher

Sunday 2nd July 2006

Stone Bramble and Mountain Everlasting with Bird's-foot Trefoil on the Keen of Hamar - Mike Pennington

Sunday 27th June 2006

Oysterplant at Urafirth - Micky Maher

Friday 16th June 2006

Frog Orchid - Mike Pennington; 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 the weather).

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 yesterday.

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 edulis - Micky Maher.

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 serpenticola - Micky Maher; all 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 - Micky Maher

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 2003

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 2003

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 identified.

Friday 20th June 2003

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 since 1993.

Alpine Saw-wort - Mike Pennington

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 Spring Squill.

Stone Bramble (and Kidney Vetch) - Mike Pennington

Monday 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 Shetland.

The Unst bat - photo Micky Maher

Friday 7th March 2003

The first frogspawn of the year was noted in the Haroldswick mires at Tupton.

Tuesday 11th February 2003

A dead Common Frog, found squashed on the road at Burrafirth, is not only rather early but also the observer's first at the site.


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