Flora & Fauna

Tim Merrick @ Focal Plane Photo

Fair Isle’s campaign for marine protection started back in the ‘70s when bird populations went into steep decline. Now, the community are invested in the island’s protection through a dynamic science programme.

To visit Fair Isle is to understand the deep connection the island has to its surrounding waters. A small three by two mile island situated where the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean; it’s hard to determine, at times, where the sea ends and the land begins. The sea provides an important resource for an island who rely heavily on their rich and diverse wildlife to support industry. Moreover, the wildlife is a large part of what makes
Fair Isle a remarkable place to live.

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