Welcome to the Shetland Community Wildlife Group (SCWG). The SCWG is a citizen science project set up by the Marine Spatial Planning Team at UHI Shetland using National Lottery Heritage funding to bring people together from all walks of life who have an appreciation for Shetland and want to help collect valuable data about all aspects of Shetland’s natural environment. This data will help fill knowledge gaps and increase our understanding of the species and habitats in Shetland.
Shetland offers such a variety of natural heritage right on our doorstep from the mountain hare in its winter fur and harbour seals frolicking on the shore, right down to the tiny insects in our gardens. Each and every creature and habitat are valuable to our local communities, industries and culture.
If you are interested in signing up to become a member of the group head over to our Contact Us page to download a membership form.
Becoming a member allows us to keep you up-to-date with all upcoming projects, events and talks and allows you to join in with group projects and survey work. And….it is absolutely free!
Shetland Porpoises in the Spotlight: volunteers and drone footage give new insight into porpoise behaviour
Our brilliant volunteers have now been completing surveys for Harbour Porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) since September 2021 at dedicated survey sites in Quendale Bay, Mousa Sound and South Nesting Bay as well as reporting sightings from all areas of Shetland. The Shetland Porpoise survey is led by UHI Shetland through the Shetland Community Wildlife Group in … Read More
By Rhiannon Jehu A friend and I went to the Discover Shetland’s Sharks and Skates event at the Ness Boating Club a few weeks ago. We both enjoy nature, but I don’t know that much about individual marine species lifestyles, so this felt like a great opportunity to learn more. Before I went I decided … Read More