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Shetland wildlife to be TV stars

Sumburgh Head
Sumburgh Head boasts majestic views and birdlife

Shetland's wildlife is to star in a live BBC broadcast starting on Monday.

The Springwatch programme on BBC2 will see presenter Simon King based in Shetland as part of a three-week live show.

Among the places he will be visiting will be the RSPB's Sumburgh Head reserve to look at seabirds such as puffins, fulmars and guillemots.

Other stars of the show will be the ospreys of the Loch Garten Osprey Centre in Strathspey.

RSPB Scotland director Stuart Housden said: "Last year Springwatch made stars of the sea eagles on Mull which the RSPB helped to reintroduce.

The soap operas that will unfold are likely to be more dramatic and thrilling than any human dramas TV has to offer
Stuart Housden
RSPB Scotland director

"This year we're hoping they can do the same for the stunning wildlife of Shetland and the ospreys of Loch Garten.

"We are looking forward to working with the team from the BBC and helping them to tell the stories of some of our most amazing birds, and other wildlife, as they go about their daily lives.

"The soap operas that will unfold are likely to be more dramatic and thrilling than any human dramas TV has to offer."

The production team also plan to feature other aspects of Shetland wildlife, including otters.

Presenter Simon King said: "I have long dreamed of visiting the Shetland Islands and at last that dream is about to come true.

"The very name Shetland conjures up images of wilderness and space for wild creatures to flourish, and I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences in this wild outpost of Britain.

"The character of the islands is reflected by many of the wild inhabitants that I shall be following there, from otter families to red-throated divers - all creatures with charisma and compelling life stories."

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