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Sumburgh Head RSPB Reserve

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

The RSPB reserve at Sumburgh Head is Shetland's most accessible seabird colony, with Puffins ashore from from May until mid-August in most years, while Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills are easily seen during May, June and July. Shags and Fulmars can be seen throughout the year.

Sumburgh Head is also recognised as the best place in Shetland to spot Killer Whales and other cetaceans during the summer months.

Facilities: car park, information signs and special events.

Opening times: the reserve is always open.

How to find the reserve: southernmost tip of Mainland Shetland, 3.5 km (2 miles) from Sumburgh Airport.

RSPB webpage on the reserve.

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

Puffins - Mike Pennington


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