For over 20 years, Nature in Shetland has been collecting and sharing information on all of Shetland's natural history.


13th August 2020

Bird Sightings:

South Mainland:  Adult Long-tailed Skua at Dalsetter. Wood Warbler at Sumburgh Hotel. Wood Warbler at Bakkasetter. 4 Ruff at Spiggie. Female Hawfinch at Ocraquoy.

​Central Mainland: 3 Common Crossbill at North Hamarsland, Gott. Icterine Warbler at Law Lane, Lerwick.

Yell: 2 Common Crossbill at Gutcher.

​Unst: 5 Shoveler at Skio Taing. Water Rail at Haroldswick Pool. Tree Sparrow at Valyie. Whinchat at Skaw.

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike at Hamister.

Foula: Red-backed Shrike and Reed Warbler at Ham.

Fetlar: red-backed Shrike at Aithness.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Crescent trapped at Boddam overnight.

Central Mainland: Manchester Treble Bar and Scarce Silver Y trapped at North Hamarsland overnight. Great Brocade trapped at Law Lane, Lerwick, overnight.

Bressay: Great Brocade trapped at Voehead overnight.

Cetacean Sightings:

Unst: 6 Risso's Dolphin of Lambaness and Minke Whale there. Two Minke Whale off Haroldswick.

Burra: Minke Whale off West Burra.

South Mainland: Minke Whale off Boddam.

Species in red are national (BBRC) rarities. Species in orange are local/Scottish rarities.

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