UHI Shetland - Open the door to your future
Thursday 20 June 2024
 12.5°C   WSW Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Nature / Peatland restoration proposed for nature reserve

Photo: VisitScotland

THERE could be peatland restoration on the cards at one of Shetland’s national nature reserves at the very northern tip of the isles.

NatureScot is looking to appoint a consultant to undertake a peatland restoration feasibility study across much of the Hermaness site in Unst.

The contractor would assess potential peatland restoration on the large site, and use the results to produce a restoration management plan.

It is understood that around 500 hectares of peatland would be assessed.

NatureScot’s Juan Brown said the organisation will work closely with local graziers and land managers before any peatland restoration work is taken forward.

“Eroding peatland is a significant contributor to Shetland’s carbon emissions, and peatland restoration – by, for example blocking erosion gullies and re-profiling of peat haggs – is an effective way to contribute to climate change mitigation,” he added.

Hermaness is one of two NatureScot national nature reserves in Shetland – the other being the island of Noss.

It sits right at the most northerly point in the UK, overlooking the Muckle Flugga lighthouse, and is well known for its seascape views.

Brown said there is “exemplary management for nature” in national reserves like Hermaness.

The Hermaness project comes through the Peatland ACTION scheme, which aims to improve the condition of degraded peatland in Scotland.

Meanwhile Shetland Amenity Trust, which also undertakes peatland restoration, is looking to carry out work on a 40-hectare site to the north of the Nibon junction.

Around 28 hectares of land there would be restored.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.