Puffins, otters, whales, wildflowers...

We look after four nature reserves here, offering some of the best wildlife watching opportunities in Shetland.

There's a wonderful array of wildlife waiting to be seen, particularly in the spring and summer - from noisy cliffs teeming with seabirds to quiet wetland havens for waders and waterbirds.

But it's not just about birds! Wildflowers offer a kaleidoscope of colour throughout the year, and there's always the chance of spotting an otter, seal, whale or dolphin.

There are guided walks and events on our reserves between May and August and schools are very welcome - check the reserve webpages for more details. If you can't wait to visit and would like to enjoy Shetland from the comfort of your own home, make sure you check out our webcams.

Hope to see you soon!


  • Fetlar

    Your chance to get up close to red-necked phalaropes

    Red-necked phalarope stretching wings
  • Loch of Spiggie

    A scenic loch and marshland, with wintering wildfowl and breeding waders

    Long-tailed duck surfacing from dive
  • Mousa

    An uninhabited island with a rich history and wonderful widlife

    Oystercatcher sitting on nest
  • Sumburgh Head

    One of Britain's most accessible seabird colonies with a historic lighthouse

    Adult common seal 'spy hopping' in sea off Kildonan, Isle of Arran


    Your photos

    • Spring squill
    • Mousa's moss campion
    • Territorial fulmars at Sumburgh Head
    • Puffin sunbathing