Sumburgh Head is a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with an abundance of wild flowers.
'Sea Pinks' Steep cliffs provide some of the most spectacular displays of wildflowers in Shetland. Why? Because they are enriched with salt spray and out of reach of sheep. At Sumburgh, the pink flowers of Thrift (known locally as Sea Pinks) and the blue Spring Squill are abundant during summer on the grassy cliff tops.
Further down the cliff face the yellow flowers of Bird’s-Foot Trefoil and Roseroot can be seen along with Red and Sea Campion, Wild Thyme and Sheep’s-Bit. The white-flowers of Scurvy Grass are often abundant where the cliffs receive additional nutrients from seabird guano.
Sheep's-Bit There will be numerous opportunities to learn about the rich natural heritage at Sumburgh Head as you travel from the car park, along the access road and ending on the top floor of the marine life interpretation centre next door to the Lighthouse tower. The on-site RSPB Scotland staff, and Visitor Service staff will also be happy to help with any additional information and advice.