Monday, 8 July 2013

Noss Open Day

I was worried the the Noss Open Day that is part of the Shetland Nature Festival would be cancelled due to the forecast of strong southerly winds, but for all it was pretty blustery the show went on.

Here's the view over Noss from where the free bus dropped people off...


It was just a short walk down the hill and a queue to wait our turn for the ferry across to Noss...


My friend Tom checking Beren wasn't going to fall out of his PFD...


Bright and breezy...


First stop for us was just along the beach where there was a chance to look at marine life from a little boat with under water viewers...


We pulled ourselves out on the rope and looked at the wildlife on the way. Beren seemed to see some pretty amazing stuff; octopus, puffer fish and sharks! Looking through our viewers we saw a pretty, but more mundane mix of sea weeds, anemones  shell fish and a crab; may be we had the defective ones?!


At the visitor centre we saw these two odd beasts too...


It was good to see Shetland fleeces been carded and spun...


And as well as a small cafe there were activities for kids with badge making, colouring and face painting going on...


Of course people usually visit Noss as it is a National Nature Reserve because of the fantastic  bird colonies on it's amazing cliffs. Did we get to see them? Sadly no, Beren was not in the mood to wander and a good job really as just as we were going back across to Bressay on the ferry the heavens opened and combined with a choppy crossing we got a little damp.

We did get some good sightings of an arctic skua that was whizzing around though and the terns that were fishing in the sound...


Many thanks to the staff of SNH, Shetland Amenity Trust and the volunteers who make the festival the success it is.

My mission now is to get there before the end of the summer without a 5 year old slug in tow...

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