Shetland Nature Festival

by Helen Smith -

When you visit Shetland you're close to nature - and whether it's the bird life, killer whales, seals or otters that's on your list of must-see creatures there's the possibility to see them all during the Shetland Nature Festival. This is the 7th year of the festival and it co-incides with European Geoparks Week. There are more events than you can shake a stick at, and it's difficult to pick a highlight but here's some things I'd love to do: herbal remedy making, take a botanical drawing workshop, be brave and try climbing a cliff or track otters and look for signs of where they've been. Some events charge are free and available on a drop-in basis, others you have to book and there's a reasonable booking fee. Have a look at the programme to see what you fancy getting up to.