The island can also be day-tripped during the summer months by flying. The Isle of Noss Lying only a few Noss and bressay metres off the east coast of Bressay just across from the main town of Lerwickthe Isle of Noss holds about 2, pairs of Puffins. Access is not permitted to either of the lochs but the entire area can be viewed from the surrounding roads.
Etymology[ edit ] Brae is the Lowland Scots word for the slope or brow of a hill. Later, transfer to the ferry terminal and embark on the overnight sailing to Aberdeen.
Harbour porpoise x1 Cresswell, Northumberland by Jan Hill. Large colonies of easily viewable Puffins, Guillemots and Fulmar, along with Razorbill, Black Guillemot and Kittiwake nest on the cliffs of the Sumburgh Head RSPB Reserve where access is again unrestricted although cars should be left at the car park provided.
Easter loch, Loch of Snarravoe and Loch of Watlee in the south of the island and Baltasound and Norwick in the north are good places to visit. The Lochs of Spiggie and Hillwell and surrounding marshland just north of Sumburgh Airport are shallow and mainly freshwater and are one of the most important areas for wildfowl in Shetland, especially for Whooper Swans where up to may Noss and bressay on Loch of Spiggie in late autumn.
Large colonies of easily viewable Puffins, Guillemots and Fulmar, along with Razorbill, Black Guillemot and Kittiwake nest on the cliffs of the Sumburgh Head RSPB Reserve where access is again unrestricted although cars should be left at the car park provided.
The best time to visit a Puffin colony is in the morning or early evening as most of the birds are at the fishing grounds during the day. Fortunately the islanders are very friendly and tolerant of birders walking across their fields and peering into their gardens.
Prior booking is recommended as there are only 5 or 6 ferries per day to and from Fetlar. On the west side are high cliffs with several species of breeding seabird, especially at Eshaness. This is one of the best places in Shetland to get very close to Puffins as there are several colonies on the easily accessible grassy banks around the island.
Retrieved 29 July Fortunately the islanders are very friendly and tolerant of birders walking across their fields and peering into their gardens.
The north and west are the best vegetated areas and hold the majority of the breeding birds. Harbour porpoise x2 Cresswell, Northumberland by Paul Lawrence. Sadly the owls are no longer resident on the island and the only recent sightings have been of a male caught aboard a fishing boat and released there in The north and west are the best vegetated areas and hold the majority of the breeding birds.
The many dry stone walls, sheltered cliffs, ditches and crops can all provide shelter for migrants however, and both visiting birdwatchers and the observatory staff search the entire island during both migration periods. How to get there As with Fetlar, take the inter-island car ferry from Toft to Yell and travel north to the Gutcher ferry terminal.
Photo right - the Common Yellowthroat at Baltasound in - Mike Pennington Fetlar The same seabirds as those on Unst can be seen on Fetlar apart from nesting Gannetsalthough in smaller numbers, but the isle is probably best known for the Snowy Owls which nested there between and rearing a total of 20 young.
The colony of at least 50, pairs of Puffins is scattered over several miles of boulder screes and heavily grazed steep slopes along the west cliffs of the reserve. How to get there Take the inter-island car ferry from Lerwick to Bressay.
Probably the best spot for seawatching in Shetland is found here - at Wats Ness, where large numbers of both Pomarine and Long-tailed Skuas have been recorded. Most Puffin colonies are empty soon after mid-August. About one fifth of the total Puffin population of Scotland breed in Shetland, approximatelypairs.
Photo right - leucistic Puffin on the west cliffs of Fair Isle - Kevin Osborn Further Information Puffin colonies are in steep grassy, often slippery, slopes and in steep cliffs - please do not go near cliff edges without suitable footwear, especially in bad weather.
Noss and bressay winter plumage therefore their bill appears much duller in colouration and noticeably smaller. It is also an offence to disturb the dependant young while they are in the burrow. How to get there Take the A to North Roe and walk 5 or 6 km west, either across the moorland or along the hilly north coastline.
The pages on this website remain the intellectual property of the authors. Description[ edit ] Brae was historically a fishing village, but with the construction of the nearby Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the s it grew rapidly, merging with the nearby village of Northbrae. Daily information relating to the crossing is displayed at the Lerwick to Bressay ferry terminal.
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An RSPB warden is present on the island throughout the year and an interpretive centre is situated along the main road about metres past the shop.Overview. Our friendly staff are always on hand to offer recommendations and advice about the best thing to see and do in Shetland.
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Tour Leaders. Core Team Brydon Thomason. A native Shetlander, Brydon grew up on a croft on the beautiful island of Fetlar. Sharing his home island with such an evocative array of birds as Snowy owl, Red-necked phalarope, Red-throated diver and Storm petrel literally on his doorstep, it is little wonder Brydon had a passion for birds from childhood.
Outdoor Activities. Our 15 inhabited islands offer many kinds of outdoor activities, especially during those virtually endless summer days. Whatever your interests, we. Daily trips departing from Victoria Pier, Lerwick ( & ) The ultimate Shetland wildlife experience – Unrivalled spectacle & photographic opportunities with the awesome Noss cliffs backdrop.
History. The island is referred to in the Orkneyinga saga. In a bridge was built between Muckle Roe and the Shetland Mainland over Roe Sound at a cost of £1, met from public subscription and a grant from the Congested Districts agronumericus.com construction was of iron and concrete and its completion was followed by a reversal in the population decline seen in the 19th and earlier 20th.Download