Shetland Seabird Tours

Rebecca Nason for i’i Shetland 2024



We are delighted to become a EUGY stockist for the 2024 season, both in our onboard THE NOSS BOAT Seabird Gallery shop & in our Ortolan House Bed & Breakfast shop. We are big fans of these wonderful products & can see why EUGY have become an extremely successful business since their launch in 2019. We are stocking PUFFIN, ORCA & SHEEP while stocks last for the 2024 season – check out our Etsy shop! These 100% eco-friendly products are a superb addition to our original Noss Boat eco-shop range. Read all about their story here & more about the products we have for sale here on Shetland.

Eugy sales set to exceed £10m by 2024

“Since launching in 2019, the eco-friendly craft brand Eugy has steadily grown in popularity with retail sales, in the UK & ROI, due to surpass £10 million by the end of the year. Now instantly recognisable among consumers, Eugy’s longevity as a staple collectible looks promising thanks to new SKUs consistently added to the range.

Eugy was created by New Zealand manufacturer Dodoland and more specifically the brainchild of the company’s founder Hoon Kim. Hoon set about creating a sustainable 3D cardboard animal puzzle which connects people to nature and the wild, following a trek to Mount Everest base camp where he saw piles of plastic waste left behind for decades to decompose.

The UK Eugy range now features 58 models with four unique Christmas Eugys. From parrots and penguins to platypus and ptero, there are lots of Eugy animals to collect and create by following a simple number sequence to build a 3D model made from environmentally friendly, FSC accredited card.

Nick Saunders, sales & marketing director at Eugy, commented: “As a company which creates its own brand products, we always look to work with partners who share the same goals and ethos. The team at Dodoland have created something completely unique with Eugy that captures the imagination of everyone who comes across it. The sales have been phenomenal, and we love seeing how our retailers are capitalising on the craze themselves. Thanks to its price point, eco-creds and all-important collectability factor, it crosses multiple retail channels and we are staggered by the response to it year on year.”

New Eugy models will be launched in September and will include the bat and badger, followed by puffin and stingray in October.

Nick added: “Everyone is looking to make more sustainable choices and we think it is important consumers can also be assured that purchasing a Eugy is not just an eco-friendly choice but money from sales of many of the models such as the elephant and gorilla support various wildlife charities around the globe.” Toyworld Business Magazine Sept’23



Becoming a marine life citizen scientist –  data gatherer & recorder

Shetland has almost 1,700 miles of coastline. You can find many boulder-strewn storm battered beaches as well as gorgeous stretches of white or golden sand. The coastline can look dark and ominous some days and like the Caribbean the next, Shetland has so many beautiful beaches, you are never far from a good one! Spending time on the coast, breathing in the fresh Northern salty air feels good !! and has well known health and wellbeing benefits. Whether you are exercising the dog, having family fun building sandcastles, braving a wild swim, beach cleaning, walking, birdwatching, orca spotting or beachcombing, there are plenty of ways to enjoy our fine beaches. Having spent a lot of my childhood in a flat, land-locked county in England, I have always really appreciated the coast, and over the past twenty years have forged a deep love of Shetlands coastline and marine environment – indeed I could never move away from the coast and the sea – it has become my happy place for both business and pleasure!

As a family, we spend a lot of time in the winter and spring months walking and beachcombing on our favourite beaches. We look for dead seabirds as part of beached bird surveys, hunt for groatie buckies (cowrie shells), rare sea beans and drift seeds from South America, pea urchins, sea urchins and sea glass. On many walks, particularly after storms when seaweed mounds are strewn across the tideline, we look for mermaids purses, otherwise known as shark, ray and skate eggcases. It is unusual to leave a beach and not have at least a couple of eggcases in our pockets. Beautiful rectangular or square empty vessels, light and wonderfully variable in colour, they are always a joy to find! Our eggcase journey began many years ago when, on finding our first few, we were keen to find out what species they were from and how common or rare they were. This is when we came across www.sharktrust.org a fabulous website and resource we have revisited many times since. Here you can learn about the different species in UK waters (and beyond!) and about their unique lifestyles. You can identify eggcases you find using their excellent identification charts (see an example below), they even have child friendly identification charts and themed eggcases hunts like the Easter-themed one! Once you identify your find, you are encouraged to submit your record on the easy to use recording page where you can upload a photo, add your species, location and date.

© Shetland Seabird Tours 2024

“We believe in the power of collective action. Citizen science is a great way to get more people involved in shark conservation and research. And solve the problem of data gaps at the same time. Research is the first step to conservation. We need to know as much as we can about how a species lives and the threats they face. This enables us to make well informed decisions to help better protect them. Over the years we’ve built up some major citizen science projects, including our flagship project the Great Eggcase Hunt.The power of citizen science is that it allows us to collect vast amounts of data. It also helps us pinpoint where further scientific study is needed”.

“Some sharks, and all true skates, reproduce by laying eggs. These are surrounded by a tough leathery capsule that protects the embryo as it develops inside. After several months these are ready to hatch, and a fully-formed shark or skate will emerge. Please note that in the UK many skate species are referred to as rays in their common names. Once empty, the eggcases (or mermaid’s purses) often wash up on the beach. One of the best places to find them is among the strandline, where the seaweed washes up. The eggcases of different species vary. So, by looking at the size, shape and features, we can tell which species laid it. You can learn to identify eggcases too”

Small spotted catshark eggcases are the most commonly found on Shetland beaches.

“The Great Eggcase Hunt has helped us to build a clearer picture of which species are present around the world, and more specifically around the British Isles. To date, 98% of our records come from around the British Isles, totalling over a whopping 430,000 eggcases; 87% of which have been verified by either an image, a specimen or expert ID. Though there are around 30 egg-laying species that occur around the British Isles and Ireland, many of these are offshore or deeper waterspecies. Due to this, our ID guide for the Northeast Atlantic contains the species that are most likely to wash ashore; giving us 13 key species for this region. Although the Starry Skate, Blue Skate, White Skate and Blackmouth Catshark are rarely reported, there have been beach finds for these species. In contrast, nearly 55% of eggcases come from just two species: the Thornback Ray and the Smallspotted Catshark!”

“Starting from a chance eggcase find in 2003, this project has grown and spread faster and further than we could have dreamed. 2023 marks 20 years of this citizenscience project, with thousands of people having taken part over the years. Through the tireless effort and commitment of the public and our citizen scientists, the Great Eggcase Hunt now holds records of over 440,000 eggcases! Starting from just 127 eggcases reported in 2003 from around 50 people, we have had over 40,000 eggcases reported in the first half of 2023 alone, from nearly 5,000 people! Better still, with digital cameras and smart phones becoming more and more common, a greater proportion of our records have been coming through with images attached; 87% of our records so far have been verified.” The Shark Trust



We have found hunting for and then recording eggcases found on Shetland an incredibly fun and rewarding pastime and one which involves and inspires all the family at all times of the year. You can record your finds even easier now with the new Shark Trust Eggcase recording smartphone APP which was released last year:

Shark Trust Mobile App Download Guide

Shark Trust Junior Eggcase Guide Download

Shark Trust Indoor Easter  Eggcase Hunt Download

Shark Trust  – Become a Member

Eggcase Recording Form – Shark Trust

2003 to 2023 THE GREAT EGGCASE HUNT – Records that matter – SHARK CONSERVATION  – get involved!


Rebecca, Phil & Ayda – Shetland Seabird Tours – The Noss Boat




“This is an offshore species (mostly at 200 – 500m depth), so eggcases are rarely washed ashore and reported to the Great Eggcase Hunt. Distribution: Within the British Isles, most eggcases have been reported from Porcupine Bank – which is an area off western Ireland. Records: so far we have had 63 verified records, 16 of which have come from the UK and Ireland” Shark Trust

  1. 4th February 2024  – Bannaminn Beach – Shetland (specimen now with UHI. – Shetland).
  2. 7th March 2024 – Bannaminn Beach – Shetland
BLACKMOUTH CATSHARK EGGCASE ©Shetland Seabird Tours 2024
BLACKMOUTH CATSHARK EGGCASE ©Shetland Seabird Tours 2024

                                                Da Voar Redd Up 2024

Da Voar Redd Up will take place from Saturday 20 April – Friday 26 April 2024.

The Shetland Seabird Tours family regularly clean up litter ‘bruck’ on Shetland beaches. We spend a lot of time beachcombing & taking part in beached bird surveys & take great satisfaction in removing ugly, damaging manmade items from the shoreline. Alongside this however, we have really enjoyed taking part in this award winning, community clean up weekend & are looking forward to taking part in this well organised one! Hope you will take part too? See you out there!

“Da Voar Redd Up is the UK’s most successful community litter-picking event, with around 4,500 people (20% of Shetland’s population) volunteering each year. The Redd Up makes a huge contribution to the protection of Shetland’s natural environment and wildlife, clearing Shetland’s beaches, coastlines and roadsides of litter and the debris washed up by winter storms.


2024 registration open

To register for this year’s Redd Up please completed our online form here.

Registration will close on Wednesday 17 April at 17:00.

Why should you register?

  • When you register, you will be provided with Redd Up bags. These identify Redd Up rubbish, making it easier for us to record it.
  • Registering allows you to choose a Redd Up location and allows us to make sure that different groups are not cleaning the same places. This not only means that more of Shetland gets cleaned, but also gives us a more accurate record the amount of litter that has been collected.
  • During registration, you will be able to specify a roadside collection point for all of your bags. Redd Up rubbish can only be picked up from these locations

What happens after registration?

After you have registered, we’ll prepare your bags for you and let you know when and where they can be picked up. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide gloves. If your chosen location is unavailable, we’ll get in touch to discuss alternative options.” Shetland Amenity Trust 2024


Both images © Shetland Seabird Tours – The Noss Boat 2024

What a fabulous boost to our 9th year in business as the premier Shetland NOSS BOAT wildlife & photography boat tour experience. We are delighted to share with our many followers & supporters that 3 weeks ago, we are awarded the highest accolade of “GOLD” standard by Green Tourism – a boat visitor attraction 1st for the isles. The Green Tourism programme is acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of good environmentally friendly practices. They promote a greener, cleaner environment for people, places & our planet.
As a small, family business on Shetland run by two passionate naturalists & conservationists, we have helped pave the way for other local businesses on Shetland & beyond to follow & have shown our deep commitment to the environment. All a step in the right direction to a greener, more sustainable future.
“Shetland Seabird Tours – The Noss Boat, have done an excellent job of achieving a Gold Green Tourism Award after their initial Silver in 2023. They have a good sustainability section on their website which explains their efforts to be a more sustainable tour business to their customers and encourages them to participate. Their genuine pleasure in running and promoting a sustainable wildlife tour business in the area where they operate is evident throughout the assessment. The enthusiasm, professionalism and community involvement, both at a social level and in the wildlife watching community, runs through the whole business”.
⭐️ Experiences – Outstanding knowledge of local area and wildlife and how to enjoy it responsibly.
⭐️ Biodiversity – Excellent commitment to promoting, protecting, and preserving and educating visitors in biodiversity on and off site.
⭐️ Health & Wellbeing- An exceptional result, a reflection of how they take pride in delivering the best customer care.
⭐️ Food & Drink, Shetland Seabirds Tours has shown fantastic commitment to promoting locally and sustainably and ethically, produced food.
⭐️ Destination – Excellent promotion of the natural heritage, events, and local projects in the destination area and how to enjoy it in a sustainable manner.”
THANK YOU ALL. We look forward to continuing our green journey & excellent customer service into 2024 & beyond. We can’t wait to share our new 2024 developments with you within the next month before we start our #nossboat tours again in April ❤️ 💚

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