About Us

Your guide John Campbell has over 30 years experience watching otters and many years experience consulting to natural history film makers. This makes Shetland otters the most experienced otter specialist company in Shetland.

Shetland Otters are also involved in carrying out otter population surveys for governmental agencies such as Scottish Natural Heritage and the ongoing 30 year study of the otter population of Yell Sound.

We also carry out surveying work for the formulation of Environmental Impact assessments. and I have just completed an 18 month study into the possible changes in otter diet.

For several years I have been involved in the production of wildlife films, specifically for obtaining otter footage. Shetland Otters have worked with various international film companies including the BBC. Our credits include.  SpringWatch  "Nature Of Britain", hosted by Alan Titchmarch,"Simon Kings Shetland Diaries", "Coast"  "Autumnwatch" and  "The One Show".

John has also worked on photo assignments for some of the worlds most well known magazine's including National Geographical.

John Campbell is a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist group.



I had an incredible 2 days with John, watching his otters. I never belived that otter watching could be so "guaranteed" but John knows his animals like the back of his hand: their habits what time of day they like to hunt and where. The depth of his knowledge can only be gained from years upon years of watching them in the field. John was the consummate professional and was an absolute joy to work with, patient with our film crew and generous with his knowledge and information about the animals. I would go back and work with him in an instant

Miranda Krestovnikoff

Wildlife Presenter, BBC 2 "Coast"

and BBC 1's  the "The One Show"