Fetlar's Wildlife

Without doubt, the most popular attraction of Fetlar for tourists is it's rich and abundant wildlife, especially birds, but also its resident otter population and the chance to sea orcas off the coast.

[Note that the Nature and Wildlife page in the 'About Fetlar' section of this site provides further details on this subject].

Female Red-necked Phalarope. Zoom imageFemale Red-necked Phalarope. Fetlar has RSPB staff working on the island. During the summer months the two full time staff are supplemented by volunteers and are available to assist with your wildlife related enquiries. For further information check out the Fetlar section on the RSPB website.

Several operators do specialised wildlife tours. Locally based Shetland Nature provide an unforgettable experience. Brydon Thomason, Shetland Nature's founder, was born and brought up on the island and no one knows its wildlife better. Wildlife filmmaker and presenter Simon King said of Shetland Nature,

"The Shetland Islands are one of the most thrilling wilderness areas in Britain. The wildlife is exotic and varied, but can be elusive. With Brydon’s (and the Shetland Nature team’s) guidance you not only have a much better chance of seeing many of the gold-star species Shetland harbours, but will be in the company of a top team, who can bring the Islands alive whatever the weather – their mission statement says it all – Local knowledge – World-class encounters."

For more information please visit www.shetlandnature.net

Another company offering top quality guided holidays to Fetlar is Shetland Wildlife. Set up in 1992 by award-winning professional photographer Hugh Harrop, their tours are regular visitors to the island.

Minke Whale. Zoom imageMinke Whale.