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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Look out for wheatears arriving after their long migration
  2. Stimulate your senses with the sound and smell of thousands of seabirds
  3. Go for a breathtaking walk up the dramatic coastline from Jarlsoff visitor centre carpark to Sumburgh Head lighthouse

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Look out for eider making the most of the summer in Shetland
  2. Look to the sea for the chance of spotting killer whales (orcas) and minke whales
  3. In July, watch guillemot 'jumplings' leaping from the cliff face

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Keep your eyes peeled for rare migrants
  2. Enjoy the fulmars surfing on the wind
  3. Marvel at the scenery

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Walk around the lighthouse buildings and imagine the lives of those who once lived here
  2. Spend time watching the sea in all her moods
  3. Watch twites up close and listen to their sweet chirps

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Your photos

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

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Buckenham Marshes

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