|our meadows and wildlife|
sits in an area of rich coastal meadows, between the beach and
the cliffs. In the summer these meadows are a mass of wild flowers,
changing week by week. Undisturbed by modern methods of cultivation,
they support a rich variety of wildlife. A multitude of bird species
inhabit the meadows and shoreline: oystercatchers, ringed plover
and whimbrel are common. Other species, including rare migrants,
are of interest to the dedicated ornithologist. Seals are common
around the coastline, often basking on the rocks on sunny days.
Whales can sometimes be seen from the south mainland including,
if you are lucky, killer whales. Otters may be spotted if you are
quiet and patient. At Sumburgh Head you can see tens of thousands
of seabirds and get close to puffins from April to August.