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A Buff-tailed Bumblebee. Photo: Shetland Amenity Trust.

SHETLAND Amenity Trust has launched a new programme of nature events taking place throughout the isles this summer.

The events, from June to September, cover many aspects of Shetland’s natural heritage, with everything from guided walks to family days out, children’s activities and training courses.

The programme is also an opportunity to celebrate Shetland’s landscape, recognising its status as a UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Trust’s natural heritage officer Rory Tallack said: “Shetland really comes to life in the summer and we are keen to help people to get out there and enjoy it.

“The schedule has been designed to appeal to children and families as well as seasoned wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts.”

The new summer programme will replace the week-long Shetland Nature Festival event which was last held in 2019.

More details can be found online here. 


SCOTTISH Labour is keen to see more support for people who use heating oil as costs rise.

The party said figures show that the cost of heating oil has increased by over £500 per 1,000 litre.

It said while the rest of Scotland is due to receive some additional support for energy bills from the UK government, ‘off grid’ properties have been given little clarification as to whether they will be able to receive the payments.

Scottish Labour Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant said there has been “no substantial aid package from the SNP or the Tories” for ‘off-grid’ properties.


THE CUNNINGSBURGH Show has launched a new website through which people can submit entry forms, buy tickets and book a trade stand.

On the show day itself the team hopes to post results as they happen.

Paper entries and tickets which can be bought on the day will still be available.


SCHOOL food charity Mary’s Meals is appealing for local people to sign up as volunteers.

The charity reaches more than 2.2 million hungry children with a daily meal in school around the world, including in six countries affected by brutal conflict, such as Ethiopia, South Sudan and Yemen.

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, which takes place between 1-7 June every year, Mary’s Meals is calling on people in Shetland to join its family of volunteers to help make a difference.

Examples of ways to volunteer include giving talks, distributing promotional materials and organising fundraising events.

For more information about volunteering with Mary’s Meals visit this link.