Fulmar flying over crashing waves


Wildlife in Shetland

Shetland is home to an abundance of plants & wildlife. Its rocky coastline attracts thousands of seabirds every year, and a vast range of marine life can be seen in the surrounding waters.

The dramatic scenery and light experienced in Shetland compliments the presence of such a plenitude of wildlife.

Gannet in flight Puffin behind sea pinks Arctic Tern in flight


Many species of birds can be seen around Shetland, especially in the summer months when large colonies of seabirds come to areas such as Hermaness, Noss, Fetlar and Sumburgh Head to breed. Shetland hosts some very large colonies of gannets, puffins, razorbills and guillemots

Colony of nesting gannets
Puffin on the sea
Small bird on a rock
Fulmar flying over crashing waves
Small bird on a rock in a field
Puffin standing with fish in its mouth Several seagulls on a cliff Great Skua sat on clifftop