Season’s Greetings from Shetland Nature

Posted by Brydon Thomason on Friday 24th December 2021 | Birding in Shetland

A Hermaness Puffin summer sunset, perhaps not the most festive of images, but the closest one I had to fairy lights!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Along with our season’s greetings, we wish you as happy and healthy a Christmas as the ever-changing pandemic allows.

Briefly reflecting on our season, although there were understandable and expected challenges and changes, we had a very busy and exciting season. True to form, our islands provided a plethora of wildlife highlights, from the usual suspects through our magnificent summer breeding birds and marine life, to the unexpected and exotic- a Beluga Whale and a Walrus! Sharing these again, felt so very special.

It feels appropriate to say here that in early spring, being extra cautious and mindful to protect our clients and communities, and following local transport authority guidance at that time, we made the difficult decision to postpone all our multi-household group holidays, but continue with day tours and bespoke holidays. Hard as that was, knowing of tour companies who had to cut short holidays and isolate participants due to positive cases, we feel that decision was the right one.

We are so grateful to all those who were able to postpone and so understanding in doing so.

Looking ahead to 2022 and continually following guidelines to keep our clients and communities safe, we are feeling optimistic and excited about next summer. Amongst new plans and ventures we are planning, we are very excited to have recently announced a new date for our collaboration with Kate Humble, on our Wild and Wooly itinerary.

We have filled all but one or two spaces across our holiday itineraries next season. Please note across these itineraries we are making some amendments due to accommodation changes, which will be updated soon.

We are also pleased to see an increase in people wanting a tailored and bespoke holiday.

Please do get in touch if you think we can help.

With the very best festive wishes,

Brydon Thomason and all at Shetland Nature.