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Nesting, Shetland Isles (Credit: Peter Knowles)
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In Nesting, a parish in the north of the Shetland Mainland, stories are woven into the community’s fibre. These lands were shaped by the retreat of the ice during the last glacial period, which left behind sheltered inlets, jutting headlands and curious-shaped rocks, where early inhabitants created settlements and field systems – forerunners to the crofts we see today.

Now home to a superb array of bird species, Nesting’s natural surroundings and the wildlife, flora and fauna they spawned have proven to be quite the muse down through the centuries. Thanks to a surprising number of prolific Nesting-born storytellers and writers combined with the impressive work of the Nesting Local History Group, there’s a treasure trove of local history to delve into here.

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