The long-awaited redevelopment of a Shetland wildlife sanctuary is set to get underway.
Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary announced on Facebook last night that building firm Shetland Construction and Developments Ltd had fenced off an area in preparation for the £400,000 project to begin.
“Needless to say, we are very excited after seven years of preparing for this,” it said.
The project has been made possible through a £300,000 donation from the Sullom Voe Association and almost £100,000 of European money awarded through the LEADER fund’s Local Action Group.
The refurbishment will include a visitor centre and new facilities for seals and otters.
As Shetland’s only wildlife sanctuary, Hillswick has been caring for sick, injured and abandoned seals and otters since 1987, successfully rehabilitating and releasing hundreds of creatures back into the wild.
During the work the men’s public toilets will be closed, so the sanctuary has converted the women’s toilets into a unisex facility, with a bolt on the inside for privacy.