Oyster Catchers have distinctive orange bills Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of mainland Shetland and is one of the most accessible seabird colonies in Britain and a well-established RSPB nature reserve.
The cliffs surrounding the site are teeming with birds during the summer breeding season. Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars can all be found here. Oyster Catchers, Wrens and Twite are also commonly seen.
Spring Squill The cliffs are also adorned with colourful plantlife such as Spring Squill and Thrift (Sea Pinks).
Looking out to sea, you may spot some sea mammals breaking the water’s surface – perhaps a White-sided Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Killer Whale or Minke Whale. Closer to shore, Common and Grey seals can often be seen basking on the rocks at the bottom of the cliffs.
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 through the Marine Life Centre. The on-site RSPB Scotland staff, and Visitor Service staff will also be happy to help with any additional information and advice.