Shetland Nature Festival

Have a wild time at Shetland's Nature Festival, from 4th - 10th July 2015

Excitement is building for the seventh annual Shetland Nature Festival. The festival takes place in a time when the sun hardly sets, sea cliffs teem with seabirds, wildflowers bloom and there is a good chance of spotting whales and dolphins! From flowers and fossils, to seabirds and seals, the Festival will provide something to inform, entertain and excite as you explore the unique natural heritage of the Shetland Islands.

Event details will be added soon.

European Geoparks Week

Geology-themed events led by Geopark Shetland and St.Andrews University Geobus project will help you discover some of the most diverse and dramatic geology in the UK spanning almost 3 billion years. Within the islands you can find evidence that Shetland was once part of North America. You can trace Shetland’s 700 million year journey from close to the South Pole, across the Equator to its current location at 60º North.  You can find the remains of a mountain chain of Himalayan proportions, a Sahara-like desert, an explosive volcano like Mount St. Helens and the floor of an ocean as wide as the Atlantic. The best part is you can do all this without being an expert. Getting involved with the Shetland Nature Festival is a great way to start.

Since 2010 Festival has been run in partnership with ‘European Geoparks Week’, as the 50 European Geoparks (including the 6 other British members of the Network) work together in an active and dynamic way to conserve and promote geological heritage through education and geo-tourism.  

Shetland Nature Festival Associates

If you fancy a day out with one of Shetland’s experienced local tour operators, the Shetland Nature Festival runs an Associate Scheme to support local businesses and promote quality nature tours and activities.  Scheme members undergo quality assessment by Shetland Amenity Trust on behalf of the Festival partners to demonstrate their high standard of service.  Current Associates are Shetland Nature, Seabirds-and-Seals and Shetland Geotours.

Keep an eye on the Shetland Nature Festival webpages for a full schedule of events, coming soon.

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What Next?

On This Site

  • Read more about Shetland nature
  • Discover what you can see and do when it comes to nature in Shetland

From Other Sites

  • Find out more about Shetland's Geopark status
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