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Nature in Shetland

winner of a Shetland Environment Award 2004

Loch of Spiggie
Sumburgh Head




This page is not an official source of information for the RSPB.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe, with over one million members.

The RSPB has three full-time employees in Shetland. The Shetland Area Manager, Pete Ellis, is based at Sumburgh Lighthouse. This is also the base for the Helen Moncrieff, the Education Co-ordinator and Mainland Warden, a new post instigated in 2003. The North Isles Warden, Malcie Smith, is based on Fetlar. In addition, Mike Pennington is employed part-time as the Unst Representative. 

The Society owns or administers many nature reserves in Scotland. Those reserves in Shetland with formal visiting arrangements may be viewed by clicking on the appropriate links on the menu. Members of the RSPB and its club for children, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, are admitted free to all RSPB reserves.

Contact: RSPB Sumburgh Head Nature Reserve, East House, Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Virkie, Shetland ZE3 9JN  Tel: (01950) 460800

For more details on the work of the RSPB, click here.


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