Nature / RSPB keen to make Sumburgh birdwatching ‘as accessible as possible’

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THERE are hopes to make bird-watching from Sumburgh Head more accessible – particularly for people in wheelchairs.

RSPB Scotland has gone out to tender with a contract for a viewing structure at the South Mainland site.

Sumburgh Head – which is classed as a nature reserve – is a well-known hotspot for puffins in the summer, while fulmars, guillemots and shags can also be seen.

Local RSPB manager Helen Moncrieff explained that the project is in its early stages.

“There aren’t many places where you can see puffins from the road in the UK but Sumburgh Head is one,” she said.

“We want a visit to the nature reserve to be as accessible as possible for a more diverse range of people, including people who use wheelchairs, and are in the very early stages of planning for this.

“Together with our accessible hide at Loch of Spiggie, we hope all people can have a great day out at any time of year whatever the weather to experience Shetland’s wildlife and landscapes and seascapes.

“We know how good connecting with nature is as individuals, and having these accessible spaces can help bring people together to share their knowledge and love for nature with others.”

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