Guillemots: the first auks return to Sumburgh Head

Published: 14 February, 2019

December 2018

Guillemots at Sumburgh Head by Gary Bell
Guillemots at Sumburgh Head by Gary Bell

Here at Sumburgh Head the start of December sees the arrival of our Guillemots. They are one of four breeding auk species here in Shetland, which also includes Black Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins. Guillemots play a big part in the seabird symphony that echoes around the Sumburgh Head cliffs during the breeding season. They are the first to leave, with chicks fledging from mid-June, and the first to return. On a calm day you can see and hear them on the stacks and narrow open ledges beneath the Lighthouse. What a winter treat! To find out more about our amazing auks, visit our Marine Life Centre, open from 30 March 2019.