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Shetland Nature Calendar

Showcasing some of Shetland’s best wildlife and giving you an idea of what to look out for each month.

  • Hedgehog Hibernation
    How to make your garden more hog friendly – Resist the temptation to remove all of the leaf litter from your garden. Instead leave log and leaf piles which make a perfect nesting place as well as great habitat for all of the invertebrates (beetles, slugs etc) that hedgehogs love to feed on. If your … Read More
  • Secrets of the Strandline
    Beachcombing can be a really fun activity; I always get a feeling of excited anticipation when I step onto a beach as I never know what I might find. And the brilliance of it is, with the tide coming in and out twice a day there is always something new to discover.
  • Inside a Shetland Rockpool
    Rockpooling can be a fun activity to for the young, and not so young alike. There is a huge variety of species in this very changeable habitat. Many species have developed special adaptations to allow them to live in this harsh landscape, with changing sea levels, water temperature, salinity levels and the battering of waves. … Read More
  • Why Record?
    Paul Harvey- Shetland Biological Records Centre Kathryn Allan- NAFC Marine Centre UHI This is a question that we often get asked – why are you bothering to record that? What’s the point? Put simply recording the wildlife around us helps build up our knowledge of the environment – what is where and how might this … Read More
  • Meet Sally Huband- Eggcase Hunter…
    To the best of my knowledge, seven kinds of eggcases have been found on Shetland’s beaches. The most common eggcase by far is that of the small spotted catfish, aka dogfish, with its small narrow capsule and long curly tendrils. I am always hoping to find a cuckoo ray eggcase but have only found three … Read More
  • How to get an Accurate Grid Reference
    I wanted to talk about grid references, they are very important when it comes to wildlife records as it lets us know exactly where the sighting was so that it can be accurately recorded and mapped. But it can be a tricky thing to get right so thought I would share a couple of ways … Read More
  • Gardening for Bumblebees and Butterflies
    It is National Gardening Week this week (27th April- 3rd May) so we thought we would share some ideas of plants that grow wel lin Shetland gardens which are a hit with the bumblebees and butterflies.