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.

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

Wardening team 2020

From June 2020, David Parnaby has been joined by Assistant Wardens Alex Penn and Dan Gornall and Ranger Georgia Platt.

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The 2020 assistant warden and ranger team (left to right): Dan Gornall, Georgia Platt and Alex Penn, June 2020. © Georgia Platt

Previous staff

In 2019, David was joined by Assistant Warden Richard Cope and Ranger Chris Dodd (to August). Many additional volunteers also helped considerably.

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The 2018 wardening team mid-season: David Roche, David Parnaby and Richard Cope, July 2018. © FIBO
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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
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The 2017 wardening team mid-season: Ciaran Hatsell, David Parnaby, Richard Cope and Chris Dodd (Ranger), July 2017. © Andy Denton
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The 2016 wardening team at the start of the season: Lee Gregory, David Parnaby and Ciaran Hatsell, April 2016. © FIBO
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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
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The 2015 wardening team: David Parnaby (Warden), Ciaran Hatsell (Senior Assistant Warden), Lee Gregory (Assistant Warden) and Chris Dodd (Ranger), April 2015. © FIBO