Bobby Tulloch

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Robert John Tulloch[1] MBE (4 January 1929 – 21 May 1996) was a naturalist[2] from the Shetland Islands,[3] in the north of Scotland. He was born on a croft at Aywick on the eastern side of Yell, as the oldest of four children, and lived much of his life in the village of Mid Yell.

Tulloch started as an apprentice baker and remained in the trade until 1964 when he was appointed as Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) warden in Shetland. He was especially associated with the snowy owls that started breeding on the island of Fetlar in the mid-1960s. He featured in a number of BBC Natural History Unit programmes.

Bobby Tulloch was an artist, boatman, musician, naturalist, photographer, storyteller and writer. In 1994, he was awarded an MBE.

Selected books[edit]

  • Bobby Tulloch and Fred Hunter, Guide to Shetland Birds. The Shetland Times Ltd, 1979. ISBN 0-900662-22-0. Paperback.
  • Bobby Tulloch, Bobby Tulloch's Shetland: An islander, his islands and their wildlife. Macmillan, 1988. ISBN 0-333-45673-4. Hardcover. (Introduction by Lord Grimond.)
  • Bobby Tulloch, Migrations: Travels of a Naturalist. Kyle Cathie, 1991. ISBN 1-85626-016-X. Hardcover.
  • Bobby Tulloch, Otters. Worldlife Library S., Colin Baxter Photography Ltd, 1994/1999. ISBN 1-84107-009-2. Paperback.


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