Hello

As you may know, Sumburgh Head is in the midst of being redeveloped, so is a bit of a building site at the moment.  Please note that access to the lighthouse isn't possible this weekend as there is digging work taking place at the gateway. 

However, you can walk up past the cattlegrid (wear boots as it is pretty mucky), and you may be lucky to see the guillemots on the stack.  They aren't here every day, it depends on the weather and sea state.  When it is rough, the birds go out to sea to avoid the waves smashing onto the rocks. This morning though, it looks like winter with a dusting of snow, but sounds rather like summer with the call of guillemots and fulmars. 

It's always wise to keep an eye on the sea and to the skies.  A puffin was spotted nearshore a couple of weeks ago and a peregrine has been seen now and then.  A little auk was nearby at West Voe yesterday.  So, if you're lucky, you may spot something a bit different. 

Best wishes from Sumburgh Head

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