The Shetland Wren

A wren is a wren is a wren, right? Well, no. Six North Atlantic islands have their own sub-species of Eurasian wren, including the St Kilda wren (Troglodytes troglodytes hirtensis) and the Fair Isle wren (Troglodytes troglodytesfridariensis). In this superb essay (from the equally superb new online magazine Zoomorphic) Sally Huband describes the 'flying mouse' of Shetland (Troglodytes troglodytes zetlandicus) and explores the human relationship with this rather wonderful bird.

Click on the image to read the article. And if you enjoy it, try Sally's previous essay on this site, The Relict Tree.

Fair Isle Lighthouse Society

This year, the last lighthouse in Scotland to be fully automated will officially open to visitors for the very first time. Fair Isle South Lighthouse is one of two on the island (population 70) and a voluntary community group is currently seeking donations from islomanes, pharophiles and anyone else who would like to see this landmark finally open to the public.

The Fair Isle Lighthouse Society is seeking to raise just £1000 to help make the venture possible. Click below to find out more.