Plants to spot inland
Inland, moorland and meadow offer a huge range of wild flowers, heathers and grasses. Drier meadows support many grasses including Sweet Vernal Grass – which, when dried, gives off its special smell. Amongst the grasses, Meadow Buttercup, Yellow Rattle, Devil's-Bit Scabious and Autumn Hawkbit dominate, accompanied by Red and White Clover, Common Mouse Ear and Eyebright, another semi-parasitic plant which takes advantage of the root systems of its host.
Sedges, Marsh Cinquefoil, Ragged-Robin and Lady's Smock favour wet meadows while tall herbs such as Meadowsweet and Angelica do better in areas where there's little or no grazing. Burns and ditches glow with Marsh Marigold, Monkey Flower and Yellow Flag.
And finally, if you're walking along a winding Shetland side road in early summer, look out for Primrose, Devil's-Bit Scabious, Autumn Hawkbit and Red Campion, along with grasses. Road verges in Shetland are a botanist's delight.