Past Events


Thank you to everyone that came to visit us at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse & Visitor Centre to celebrate European Maritime Day ,it was lovely to see the sun and flat calm seas perfect for porpoise spotting.

Thanks also to all the volunteers from the different organisations who came and made the day such a success:

  • NatureScot
  • Shetland Amenity Trust
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation
  • Shetland Bird Club
  • Linda Richardson- Artist and Printmaker
  • Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group-SOTEAG
  • RSPB Shetland
  • HM Coastguard
  • UHI Shetland


Invasive Species Week 2022

As part of INNS Week, the team at UHI Shetland ran a couple of events to showcase the monitoring we do as part of Shetland’s Biosecurity Plan. We welcomed members and the public at Scalloway and Burravoe marina, showing our monitoring panels and discovering some of our native and non-native fouling species. Thanks to all who came and got involved!

If you would like to read more about invasive species in Shetland, our daily blogs can be found here.

Art and Nature Eggstravaganza

We had a great time at the beginning of the month at our Art & Nature event.

Linda gave a couple of great workshops on using nature as inspiration for creating excellent egg-themed art works. We had the RSPB with a great nest building activity and DIY bird feeders, and the team here at UHI Shetland showed some of the interesting ways that marine animals lay eggs and care for their babies. Finally, we had the Shetland library team to finish off the event with a couple of excellent stories.

Thanks to all who came!


Seeing and Understanding the Aurora with Richard Ashbee

(c) Kate Allan

Thurs 24th March 2022

We had a great evening at Carnegie Hall listening to Richard Ashbee pass on his knowledge and wisdom about Seeing and Understanding the Aurora in Shetland, as well as treating us to some of his incredible photographs.

It was great to see so many people interested in learning more about this amazing phenomenon. If anyone is interested to learn more, joining Richard’s Facebook group ‘Shetland Aurora Hunter’ is the place to start!


Showcasing Shetland’s Cetacean Projects

(c) WDC Charlie Phillips

Wed 24th November 2021

A fascinating evening learning all about the projects currently running in Shetland, thanks to all those who came along and to all the speakers. If you would like to find out more about each project, follow the links below:


Moth Trapping Workshop

Blood Vein (C) Kate Allan
(C) Kate Allan

Wednesday 11th Aug 2021

What a great morning we had yesterday at our moth trapping event. Over 650 moths of around 30 different species between the two traps including a rather rare Least Yellow Underwing and a Blood Vein (pictured).

Thanks to everyone who came along and got involved and to Paul Harvey from Shetland Amenity Trust and local enthusiast Rob Fray for guiding us through the fascinating world or moths.


Mousa RSPB Nature Reserve Guided Walk

Fri 23rd July 2021

We were lucky with the weather for our trip to Mousa it was great to see so many people out and about exploring the island.

Kevin led us round the circular walk round the reserve and showed us lots of great wildlife, we even got to hear the storm petrels in their nests in the walls.