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A ROYAL Photographic Society exhibition is coming to Lerwick.

The display, comprising of 40 mounted or framed images, will take pride of place at the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick from 11 March for a month.

The free to view travelling exhibition will then move on to the Scottish mainland.

THE ORGANISATION which manages Scotland’s coastline and seabed is to review rent charges for marinas in Shetland as a number of leases reach expiry.

Crown Estate Scotland leases seabed to 19 organisations in Shetland which own and operate marinas.

Thirteen of the leases expire in March next year, and as part of the renewal process a review is required.

“Crown Estate Scotland will shortly appoint an independent valuation expert to provide advice on an appropriate seabed rental,” a spokesperson said.

“In addition, Crown Estate Scotland will be commissioning a socio-economic study to research and report on the contribution Shetland marinas make to sustainable development.

“For both pieces of work, this is just the start of a process that will take several months, and we’re committed to keeping leaseholders and other relevant parties updated.”

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has called on government ministers to bring together key agricultural stakeholders, including farming unions and supermarket representatives, to tackle a wide-reaching price crisis in fuel, fertiliser and food.

He was speaking after further discussions this week with farming union leaders.

Carmichael said: “While I am certain that meetings and actions are ongoing with regard to the individual crises facing farmers and food producers, it is increasingly clear that we need a more overarching response from the government.

“If untreated, a cost-of-living crisis for farmers and crofters is likely to redouble the pressure on food prices for everyone else.”

NHS Shetland has provided an update on when its vaccination clinics will be open.

The clinics can be booked, or people can walk in. They are for anyone still to receive a Covid vaccine or booster, or the flu jab.

The details are as follows:

  • Saturday 12 March: Open 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday 15 March: Open 11am-7pm
  • Wednesday 16 March: Closed
  • Thursday 17 March: Closed

No weekend clinics on 18/19 March.

  • Tuesday 22 March: Closed
  • Thursday 24 March: Open 11am-7pm

Saturday 26 March: child health clinic (Gilbert Bain Hospital children’s department) 9am-5pm, 5-11yrs old. By appointment only – children will be phoned and invited in.

SHETLAND Islands Council is advising property owners and council tenants to get in touch if they have any problems with gulls’ nests.

By April, the birds will have begun mating and building nests. Gulls nesting on buildings can be territorial, and aggressive to anyone coming near their nesting site, particularly once chicks have hatched.

They can also be very noisy and their droppings can present a public health risk.

All wild birds, including gulls, are protected by law, so it is important to take whatever proactive steps are possible to discourage them from nesting in the first place. The council’s environmental health team can provide further advice on this.

Anyone needing to discuss any problem gulls’ nests can get in touch with environmental health on 01595 745250.