Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

The warden and administrator

The Fair Isle Bird Observatory team is headed by David Parnaby (Warden) and his wife Susannah (Administrator). They have lived on Fair Isle with their family (Grace and Freyja) since February 2011.

The Parnaby family (David & Susannah with Grace and Freyja), May 2014. © Dave Wheeler

Wardening team 2018

In 2018, David is joined by Assistant Wardens Richard Cope and David Roche, and Ranger Viv Hastie.

The 2018 FIBO team at the start of the season: (back row) David & Susannah Parnaby (Warden and Administrator), Orlando (Cook), Michael (Assistant cook), Inessa (Domestic assistant), Richard Cope (Assistant Warden) with (front row) Viv Hastie (Ranger), David Roberts (Domestic assistant), David Roche (Assistant Warden) and Hannah Bell (Childcarer), April 2018. © FIBO
The 2017 wardening team mid-season: Ciaran Hatsell, David Parnaby, Richard Cope and Chris Dodd (Ranger), July 2017. © Andy Denton
The 2016 wardening team at the start of the season: Lee Gregory, David Parnaby and Ciaran Hatsell, April 2016. © FIBO
The 2016 team are a happy bunch! Clockwise from back left: Ciaran (Assistant Warden), Lee (Assistant Warden), Susannah (Administrator), David (Warden), Alice (Childcarer), Inessa (Domestic assistant), Terri (Domestic Assistant), Michael (Assistant Cook), Orlando (Cook), Chris (Ranger). © FIBO
The 2015 wardening team: David Parnaby (Warden), Ciaran Hatsell (Senior Assistant Warden), Lee Gregory (Assistant Warden) and Chris Dodd (Ranger), April 2015. © FIBO