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Christmas 2014 Newsletter

Posted by Brydon Thomason on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 | News

Seasons' greetings and happy New Year, From all at Shetland Nature

Dear friends,

HermanessHollieOtter familyIt’s hard to believe that the festive season is upon us once again and with it another year draws to an end. There is never a time that we take for granted just how lucky we are to do what we do in the place that we love and along the way meet and work with so many interesting and exciting people. Perhaps even over and above this sentiment is our huge thanks and gratitude to the continued and growing support from guests on our holidays and tours. Without this we could not do what we do so thank you sincerely from us all! I’d also like to say a personal thank you to everyone involved in the team at Shetland Nature and to our associates, sponsors and providers.

Whilst wishing you season’s greetings we wanted to share some of this year’s highlight’s and update availability on our holidays and photo tours for 2015, which is already looking to be a very busy season – many holidays have already sold out.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to introduce and welcome Hollie Shaw, who is taking over the bookings and admin role from Karen Hannay, who we are sad to see moving on to pastures new. Some will know Hollie from her many years running the Fair Isle Bird Observatory, which she ran along with her husband and warden Deryk, already a valued member of the SN team.

It is worth mentioning here that we are currently going through this ‘hand over period’ and so updating and familiarising new systems and procedures.

2015 Holiday Ideas & Availability

We are very excited to see how busy a season 2015 is already filling in to be. Several holidays have already sold out and we have even had to add on new dates to our ‘flagship’ Shetland Nature Experience itinerary due to popular demand.

If Shetland is on the wish list for 2015, we hope you may find something of interest in our program and here are some of the most popular suggestions –


Photo Tours


Day Tours

Here also are links to some of our recent news highlights –

Proud to become Shetland’s first Tourist board awarded Five Star wildlife experience (one of only four in Scotland) by Visit Scotland

Promoting opportunities for young birders and conservationists
Onscreen appearance on ITV’s Alison Steadman’s Shetland Our continued support to conservation bodies, helping those who help our wildlife

And finally here is a link to some of my personal favourites, that have been some of the many highlights from this season’s photography assignments. Also and of course, otter encounters (which I am blessed that my life essentially revolves around) –

Shetland Otter Watching Blog – Sharing my passion for otters with one of the world’s most experienced and well-known wildlife camera men, Doug Allan was a particular personal highlight. Brydon’s Nature Blog
Read about Brydon’s recent photo assignments and projects along with images and stories from them.

With festive cheer and best wishes from all at Shetland Nature,

Yours sincerely,
Brydon Thomason