Shetland seabirds

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With so many islands creating such a comparatively vast shoreline, the coastal habitats throughout Shetland are varied and highly complex. Ranging from the second highest sea cliff in the UK , reaching 1,220ft on Foula, to the gentle contours of the long, sheltered and almost-land locked inlets, known as voes, there is a rich diversity of marine and coastal habitats that support an abundance of life. As a remote island group with productive seas and such a varied coastline the Shetland Islands play host to 21 of the 24 species of seabirds found in the UK with over a million seabirds using the shores to breed during the summer months.


Richard Shucksmith

Richard's favourite place is Shetland's coast, for it has a wide variety of habitats, species and dramatic seascapes. He studied marine biology and marine ecology which has allowed Richard to develop an understanding of this dynamic environment. His photography has enabled him to visually communicate this passion and understanding of Shetland's wonderful coastal life in particular Shetland otters. Richard’s work has been widely published in magazines, journals, books, newspapers, advertising agencies around the world and has won many awards for his work. In 2011 Richard was overall winner in British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA), as well as winning the animal behaviour category in 2014.

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