Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

Other wildlife

Mammals

Mice

Bats

Rabbits

Marine mammals

Sheep

There are no records of Otter, Hedgehog, Mountain Hare, Black Rat, Brown Rat, Fox, Stoat, Ferret-polecat or Mink – all of which have been recorded on Shetland.

Feral Cats are encountered frequently along the cliffs, but the population size and their effect on the local breeding birds is currently unknown. There are also numerous domestic cats on the island, which inevitably take their toll on the influxes of tired migrant birds.

Other wildlife

Flowers

Fair Isle Flower List

Flower photo gallery

Butterflies

Moths

Bees

Other invertebrates

Lichens

Despite Fair Isle’s vulnerability to colonisers, it does remain mercifully free of certain less than welcome biota (from a human standpoint): no wasps, no mosquitoes and no horse flies, while external parasites to bother the animals (such as sheep ticks) are infrequent.