An independent, non-commercial site to collect and disseminate information on the natural history of Shetland

contact us

About these pages

Nature in Shetland

winner of a Shetland Environment Award 2004


Shetland Bird Club



Shetland Breeding Bird Survey

In Shetland, we are very fortunate that due to the work of a number of organisations, notably the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), Scottish Natural Heritage, Shetland Oil Terminal Environment Advisory Group and Shetland Ringing Group we have a very good idea about the population size and trends of most of our breeding seabirds, waders and Red-throated Divers. In contrast, however, there is little information available about the status of Shetland’s breeding passerines.

In 2002, the Shetland Biological Records Centre in conjunction with the Shetland Bird Club, launched a Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). A total of 36 people participated in the survey covering a total of 49 1km squares, as shown on the map.

The primary objective of this survey is to provide a long run of data enabling us to assess the population trends of our commoner breeding passerines and waders. This will, of course, only be possible if we are able to build on the success of the first year and ensure that sufficient squares are covered over the next 10-20 years, or longer.

Recorders interested in surveying new squares, especially in new areas, should contact: Paul Harvey, SBRC, Shetland Amenity Trust, Garthspool, Lerwick ZE1 0NY  Tel. (01595) 694688


This site is not directly connected to any of the organisations mentioned, so comments  may not necessarily reflect the views of the organisations, clubs or societies  involved. The pages on this website remain the intellectual property of the authors. No liability is accepted for the accuracy of this information. Photographs are copyright of the named photographer and may not be used for any other purpose without their permission.