In brief for 3 July 2010

Nine days of nature

SHETLAND’S wildlife is being celebrated in a nine day long nature festival which kicks off on Saturday.

The festival is jointly organised by Shetland Amenity Trust (SAT), RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and part-funded by Shetland Islands Council.

Organisers have also teamed up with Geopark Shetland to promote the isles’ varied geology.

In all, more than 30 events from Sumburgh Head to Hermaness will be taking place throughout the festival. A full list of events can be found at


Running free

YOUNG people in Shetland are being offered the chance to try out free-running, the sport made famous in the opening scenes of the James Bond film Casino Royale.

Parkour has quickly become one of the UK’s most exciting new sporting activities, inspiring young people to get active by running through an area, tackling obstacles as they go.

A series of free workshops are being hosted during the second week of July by two of Scotland’s premier parkour coaches, Chris Grant and Scott Houston, from Glasgow.

Funded by the Shetland Community Safety Partnership and the Shetland Alcohol & Drugs Partnership, the aim is to attract young people to spend their time constructively and learn an exciting new sport.

Anyone interested in signing up for the free sessions can register no later than 7 July at