What You Can See

Wildlife species in The Shetland Sea

A month by month checklist, showing how often we see the main species:

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

Species April May June July Aug 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 D O O O
Razorbill R D D D O
Black Guillemot D D D D D D D
Puffin R D D D O O
Great Skua R D D D D O
Arctic Skua O D D D R O
Arctic Tern D D D R O
Common Gull D D D D D D D
Kittiwake D D D D R O
Common Seal D D D D D D D
Grey Seal D D D D D D D
Porpoise O O O 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.