Saturday 2nd - Saturday 9th July 2016
Excitement is building for the 2016 Shetland Nature Festival. From flowers and fossils, to seabirds and seals, the annual festival provides something to inform, entertain and excite as you explore the unique natural heritage of the Shetland Islands.
European Geoparks Week
Geology-themed events, led by Geopark Shetland and St. Andrews University Geobus project, will help you discover some of the most diverse and dramatic geology in the UK, spanning almost 3 billion years. Within the islands, you can find evidence that Shetland was once part of North America. You can trace Shetland’s 700 million year journey from close to the South Pole, across the Equator, to its current location at 60º North. You can find the remains of a mountain chain of Himalayan proportions, a Sahara-like desert, an explosive volcano like Mount St. Helens and the floor of an ocean as wide as the Atlantic. The best part is that you can do all this without being an expert. However, getting involved with the Shetland Nature Festival could be the start of a fascinating new hobby, or maybe even a career!
Since 2010, the festival has been run in partnership with ‘European Geoparks Week’, during which the 50 European Geoparks (including the 6 other British members of the Network) actively work together to conserve and promote geological heritage through education and geo-tourism.
Shetland Nature Festival Associates
If you fancy a day out with one of Shetland’s experienced local tour operators, the Shetland Nature Festival runs an Associate Scheme to support local businesses and promote high quality nature tours and activities. Scheme members undergo quality assessment by Shetland Amenity Trust on behalf of the Festival partners to demonstrate their high standard of service. Current Associates are Shetland Nature, Seabirds-and-Seals and Shetland Geotours.