Wildlife Boat Trips around Noss, Shetland Islands
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What You Can See

Wildlife species in The Shetland Sea

A month by month checklist, showing how often we see the main species - the checklist can also be found on-board Seabird, made up in A4 laminated sheets

Key: D Seen Daily, R Regularly, O Occasionally, –  Not usually seen

  April May June July August Sept Oct
Gannet D D D D D D D
Cormorant O O O O
R D D
Shag D D D D D D D
Fulmar D D D D D D D
Red-Throated Diver  O R D D R O
Great Northern Diver            R R O O
Eider D D D D D D D
Long-Tailed Duck R R O R
Common Guillemot R D D O O O
Razorbill R D O
Black Guillemot D D D D D
Puffin R D O
Great Skua R D D
Arctic Skua O D R
Common Gull D D D D
Kittiwake D D R O 
Common Seal D D D D
Grey Seal  D D D D
Porpoise O O O O
Otter O R R O O O O

Note: To be sure of seeing puffins, guillemots and razorbills, come to Shetland before the end of the first week in August. After that they disperse to the open sea, not returning inshore in any numbers until April.

There are gannets, eiders, shags, black guillemots, fulmars, seals and various gulls, waders and sea ducks around all winter.

But words can’t do justice to the unforgettable sights, and sounds (and smells!) of this extraordinary bird city. Noss is one of the most accessible seabird colonies in the World – particularly in a boat like Seabird.

Once you’ve been there, you’ll always want to return. We look forward to welcoming you on board.

Testimonials

With our experienced Captain, Brian, and knowledgeable naturalist Marie, enjoyed breathtaking views of the Noss cliffs, seabird colonies, the coastline, and seals with the bonus of learning some local history and snagging some very special underwater views. On a cool and windy day on the water, the coffee/tea and biscuits served were a nice touch as well. Can't imagine a better way to see the area and wildlife - or better folks to guide us. The boat was comfortable and provided some protection from the elements as well!!

Diane W

So I was visiting my friends in Lerwick and I had a few hours to spend so inspotted the seabird and seals boat, I approached Brian (owner) and asked if there was room for 1 more and there was. I was told to be at the pier for 2pm, I was and we set sail around 2.15pm, we had a safety brief from Marie and it was very clear but also relaxed. First stop was out to a shipwreck where they anchored and put down an underwater camera so we could see the sea life and the wreck, it was really amazing and you could all see clearly on the two television screens. We then proceeded to see the seals then out towards Noss, I don't want to spoil the trip for anyone but it was fantastic and the best £45 I have spent in a while, included were tea & biscuits as well, we were away from 3 and half hours, great company, great boat and overall fantastic experience, well done to you both.

Wendy

We were so, so lucky...We started slowly with a fascinating camera exploring the sea life around an old wreck. Then we got serious, out into open water and the spectacularly rugged coasts of the islands of Bressay and Noss...The cliffs of Noss were one of the greatest natural sights I've ever experienced. With the sea hammering us and the captain keeping us steady maybe four feet from the rocks, we were at the base of 592-feet-high cliffs, with 25,000 birds above us, sitting/nesting on every speck of ledge, many diving beak-first at high speed to spear fish, the noise of the birds overwhelming. At one point I wondered what would happen if one bird noticed us and mused, "Fancy a change from fish today?" We were probably there half an hour, and it's a half hour that will live in our memories a long time. Lots still to see after that, including backing up into a cavern in a cliff, and anchoring in a cove for tea, coffee, and biscuits. What an incredible tour!

Nick M

This tour was arranged by our cruise ship and it's a must do for anyone visiting Lerwick in Shetland Islands. We saw such beautiful birds and the two owners were so knowledgeable and friendly. Also rock formations and caves were beautiful. Loved the gingerbread cookies and coffee. Also the views from underwater camera were great!

Elly

A belated review from a visit to Shetland in May this year - we had an amazing trip with Brian and Marie round the cliffs of Noss and Bressay. They were both extremely knowledgeable and friendly, seemed to know everything about the wildlife we encountered on the tour, plenty of new things to discover even for someone who grew up in Shetland. we saw grey seals, gannets, great skuas and shags, we couldn't believe how many birds were nesting around the cliffs! The weather was nice enough for Brian to bring the boat right into the Orkneyman's Cave, as well as sending down the ROV to a small wreck at the North mooth of the harbour. would definitely consider taking the trip again, and recommend to both visitors and islanders alike.

Hanson & Louise

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