#30DaysWild – Day 21 Ultimate Shetland: Hermaness Heaven!

A bright day dawned and we headed north to Hermaness.




Hermaness is a mecca for seabirds, with over 100 000 breeding pairs of 15 different species, making up this internationally important seabird assemblage. The colonies of breeding great skua, gannet and puffin are also of international importance and numbers of guillemot, fulmar and shag at Hermaness all exceed 1% of the British population. The gannetry with around 6% of the breeding North Atlantic population, is the sixth largest British colony. This spectacular site is a must if you ever visit Shetland as it is a spectacle that you won’t forget!

We headed up from the car park, pausing on the way to look at the beautiful sundew that pepper the path with their fiery glow…


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A broadwalk takes you up, through the moor and breeding bonxies, toward the cliffs. These bonxies, with around 6% of the breeding North Atlantic population, is the sixth largest British colony.


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Nothing really prepares you for the views, as you reach the end of the broad walk and reach the cliffs….


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Puffins burrows can be seen along the top edges and we could hear the young inside, calling and waiting for their next meal!


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The main gannetry is just a short walk and no photos will ever be able to do this amazing spectacle justice. The cliffs, white with guano, are a mass of gannets, rising, falling soaring, calling and tending nests. Everywhere you look, the skies are full… it is incredible…


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