We are now into the Hairst with the weather getting wetter and not long until the clocks change to give us all an extra hour in bed!

October highlights:  Our book of the month is Seafood Recipes created by Seafish chef ambassadors and we are learning about whale song in our kids book. Our  fish of the month is the Atlantic Salmon and the project of the month is The PANDORA project. Check out the Heritage topic this month which looks at Shetland’s relationship with whaling and in this months what’s on section we look at Love Seafood Social and Unblocktober.

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Can you believe it is August already! With lockdown restrictions easing slowly it is a great time to get out around the Shetland coast.

August highlights:  Herring Tales by Donald S. Murray is our book of the month and we are exploring the deep ocean in our kids book. Our activity is rockpooling and our fish of the month is the Atlantic Herring. Check out the Heritage topic this month which looks at the Herring Stations that were dotted across Shetland.

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Following the King of the Sea

The Herring Industry during the 19th and 20th centuries was an important part of Shetland’s fishing heritage. Shetland is close to fishing grounds which led to a dramatic expansion at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Although Orkney also took part in the Herring Boom, it was at a substantially smaller scale. Continue reading “Following the King of the Sea”


June highlights:

The Shetland Community Wildlife Group, Cadet programme, Shetland Lighthouses, Scallops, How to make your own lighthouse and information about World Oceans Day and the Day of the Seafarer! Continue reading “June”

In Salutem Ominum: For the Safety of All

The Northern Lighthouse Board was established in 1786 to light the coasts of Scotland and warn shipping of the dangerous reefs and skerries that had caused the demise of many ships over the years. Over the next 200 years, the Northern Lighthouse Board built nearly 40 manned and automated major lights and a great number of minor lights, especially after the discovery of North Sea Oil, around the coast of Orkney and Shetland.

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March: Year of Coasts & Waters 2020

March highlights:

Modern Apprenticeships, promoting women with International Women’ Day 2020, looking at historical and modern day uses of seaweed and a great Cod Kebab recipe from Da Haaf Restaurant! Continue reading “March: Year of Coasts & Waters 2020”


Low Tide: 16:14

The second trip was out to Skerries on Friday the 13th of April. The group met at Vidlin for the 11am ferry out to Skerries. As the Filla was away for maintenance, the Fivla was standing in which is usually on the Bluemull Sound route. The crossing took just over an hour with the ferry coming in the Sooth Mooth entrance. Continue reading “Skerries”

Papa Stour


Low Tide: 06:06 (West Burrafirth)

So the first field trip of the project was out to Papa Stour on Wednesday 4th of April. It was a fine sunny day but still a bit chilly in the wind. Helen and I met in West Burrafirth before taking the 30 minute crossing to Papa Stour where we were met by Peter. We decided to head out to Hamna Voe in the morning which sits just below the airstrip. Continue reading “Papa Stour”