Fair Isle Bird Observatory Rebuild Appeal

We are seeking your help to rebuild our Observatory which was so tragically lost to fire in 2019

Click on the symbol (above) to view our appeal video in full-screen mode.

No matter where you are in the world, and no matter how much or little you are able to contribute, we would be very grateful if you made a donation.

We are seeking at least £650,000 towards the £7.4m cost of the rebuild, which will take place next year.

As our video shows, at the heart of the Rebuild Appeal as newly-chosen Patron of the Observatory is the author Ann Cleeves, whose crime novels set in the islands have been turned into the BBC TV drama series Shetland starring Dougie Henshall, Alison O’Donnell and Steven Robertson.

The new building will have improved accommodation – more guest rooms and better fittings – for students, volunteers and young people to progress both educationally and career-wise.

The Observatory is vitally important to the economic and social wellbeing of Fair Isle, so contributions will be an investment in the future viability of the community as well as the provision of significantly enhanced research facilities for world-class ornithological and additional marine biological work.

The new Observatory will draw more deeply on (and help to develop) the building and maintenance skills of the islanders and support the creation of a Fair Isle-wide Tourist Action Plan, expanding the scope of eco-tourism in the north of Scotland.

So please donate if possible
here’s how you can support us.

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How the new Obs will look when built, with the warden's accommodation on the left. Visualisation by ICA