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Views sought on reserves

Views sought on reserves

03/07/2009, by in

Shetland folk and visitors have until September give their views on the Keen of Hamar and Hermaness nation­­al nature reserves in Unst and have a say in their future management.Over the next 12 weeks Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is conduct­ing a public consultation on prop­osals for the ... Read more...

Globetrotters will be this summer’s Noss wardens

Globetrotters will be this summer’s Noss wardens

26/06/2009, by in

Two young global adventurers are looking forward to welcoming local and holidaying visitors to Noss for the annual open day next Saturday.Alex Robbins and Chris Dodd live and work on the island as seasonal reserve wardens for Scottish Natural Heritage.Noss, a national nature reserve, is famo... Read more...

Bird observatory wins crucial funding

Bird observatory wins crucial funding

03/04/2009, by in News

By ROSALIND GRIFFITHSWork on a new £4 million bird observatory in Fair Isle is set to start in the next few weeks after the trust which operates it received nearly £2.5 million in funding towards the project.Earlier this week Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) pledged £400,000 toward... Read more...

Fetlar’s red-necked phalarope on danger list

Fetlar’s red-necked phalarope on danger list

27/03/2009, by in

Author and journalist Charlie Elder visited Shetland in search of an endangered British bird as part of a quest to see our most threatened species, described in his newly-published book While Flocks Last. Travelling the length and breadth of the UK, Mr Elder spent a year attempting to track down Bri... Read more...

Scrapstore helps otter to recover

Scrapstore helps otter to recover

20/03/2009, by in

An injured otter being cared for in at the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary is getting a new home, thanks to staff at the Shetland Scrapstore.The Lerwick-based recycling centre responded to a request from the sanctuary for a wooden hut to house Kirikou, the five-month-old female otter they are looki... Read more...

Early frogs surprise school

Early frogs surprise school

27/02/2009, by in

The frogs who live in Dunrossness Primary School’s nature area are thriving, according to the school’s eco-committee.Members of the committee went out to the pond at the back of the school on Monday, and they discovered much in the way of activity.Class seven pupils Yasmin Lawrence and C... Read more...

Good chance now for orphaned otter Kirkikou

Good chance now for orphaned otter Kirkikou

23/01/2009, by in

Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary is trying to nurse a baby otter back to health after it lost the use of its back legs. Kirikou, a 10-week-old female otter, lost its mother in a garden in Bressay just before Christmas.The Redman family found the otter at their seaside house at Ham and watched and wait... Read more...

Plea for children to begin watching their gardens

Plea for children to begin watching their gardens

23/01/2009, by in

Shetland schoolchildren and their teachers are taking part in a major birdwatching survey on behalf of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).The RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch survey, which runs until 30th January, is aimed at establishing which birds are most common in school grounds. ... Read more...

Bird club talk aimed at saving the albatross

Bird club talk aimed at saving the albatross

16/01/2009, by in

The first Shetland Bird Club talk of the year is tomorrow, when club chairman Martin Heubeck will be giving a slide show entitled “The Atlantic Odyssey 2008: A Voyage from Antarctica to Ascension”.In March 2008 Mr Heubeck took time off from studying the seabirds of Shetland to see the seab... Read more...

Wildernews: Review of 2008

Wildernews: Review of 2008

09/01/2009, by in

A LESSER scaup, a very rare vagrant from North America, was found in Fetlar in January, sub­sequently re-locating to Yell where it remained into February.The two male ring-necked ducks were still on Tingwall and there was a goosander at Scalloway, with a further three at Sandgarth, Voe. A hundred... Read more...

Ranger service gets nod to continue

Ranger service gets nod to continue

19/12/2008, by in

TWO RANGERS will continue to roam the hills and plains of Shetland for at least another two years after a new funding arrangement was agreed this week.The planning board unanimously agreed to pass on a grant of £38,000 from the Scottish government to Shetland Amenity Trust to part fund the servic... Read more...

Unusual house guest goes visiting in Papa

Unusual house guest goes visiting in Papa

14/11/2008, by in

A PAPA Stour resident got a surprise at the weekend when an owl flew into his porch.Oliver Tait, of Northouse, Papa Stour, saw a bird flying around his garden on Saturday morning. Thinking it was an Arctic Skua, he paid it little attention, until the bird flew towards the house and in through the ... Read more...

Bad time for seabird populations

Bad time for seabird populations

07/11/2008, by in

ANALYSIS of this year’s seabird breeding data on RSPB’s coastal reserves shows that kittiwakes, Arctic terns and Arctic skuas have had a terrible season, with virtually no chicks reared to fledging in the far north of the UK. Changes in food supply, which may be linked to climate change, could t... Read more...

Friendly otter delights Tingwall walkers

Friendly otter delights Tingwall walkers

24/10/2008, by in

A PLAYFUL otter made the day for walkers in the Tingwall area last Wednesday.Andrew Swanston, home from Edinburgh to visit relatives in Tingwall, and his friend John Reid from Laxfirth were walking on the banks at around 3pm when they were startled by something in the wet grass.Andrew said: “I... Read more...

Killer whale studies over for now

Killer whale studies over for now

24/10/2008, by in

A TEAM of killer whale researchers who spent the summer in the isles examining the behaviour and habits of orcas recently completed their studies in and around the isles for this year with a trip on a Shetland pelagic trawler.For the second successive year the team, led by Andy Foote from the Univ... Read more...