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



21st April 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Black-tailed Godwit at Lamba Ness. Barnacle Goose at Norwick. 2 Pink-footed Goose at Burrafirth. Slavonian Grebe at Ordaal. Swallow at Setter Hill Estate, Baltasound.

Yell: Reed Bunting at Cullivoe. 3 Pink-footed Goose at North Sandwick.  Second calendar year Iceland Gull, Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin at Mid Yell. Robin at Camb. Pink-footed Goose at Nort-a-Voe.

Central Mainland: 3 Siskin at North Road, Lerwick.15 Siskin and Lesser Redpoll at Law Lane, Lerwick. Pochard at Asta Loch. 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Tingwall Loch. Brambling at North Hammarsland, Tingwall. 2 Siskin and 2 Hawfinch at Brae.

South Mainland: 2 Velvet Scoter and Grey Plover at Quendale. 2 Shoveler and 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Hillwell. Swallow at Channerwick. Goldcrest at Sandwick. Willow Warbler and Grey Wagtail at Burn of Hoswick. Chiffchaff at Ocraquoy

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

North Mainland: Killer Whales (unspecified number, unidentified pod) seen in Mangaster Voe.

South Mainland: Risso's Dolphin at Dalsetter.


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

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