Sunday 19 February 2012

Visiting FIBO in 2012 - SPECIAL OFFERS

Another big thank you to everyone who supports FIBO in whatever way, and what better way to support the work of the Observatory than to come and visit.
Puffins are always popular amongst visitors to Fair Isle in the summer. July is a good month to see them; with one colony visible from the bar and another on the hill behind the Obs, you don't have to go far to get amazing views. One visitor last year even had one land on his foot whilst he was taking photos!
The prices are up on the website (from £60 per person per night for full board accommodation), but we can now announce two special discounts:

Discount for Young Birders
Great news if you’re under 21 at the start of 2012, we’ve introduced a new discount so you can visit for £30 per night (full board). The discount doesn’t apply to Sep 15th – Oct 10th, but what better way to discover some of the other fantastic times to visit the Obs (late October has produced some absolutely cracking birds in recent years for example). The young persons’ discount is for a limited number of places and applies to a dormitory room, so you may have to share a room.
We’re really excited to be giving young visitors the chance to come and experience the magic of Fair Isle and I’m sure we’ll be rewarded by some of our visitors finding some good birds for us!

Many people told us that one of the unexpected highlights of a summer visit was taking part in our late night Storm Petrel ringing sessions. These amazing little birds are trapped near the Obs so you get the chance to see them in the hand, and perhaps even to release one yourself. You might be lucky enough to see a Leach's Petrel like this one as well, we caught six last summer.
Summer Discount
There’s 25% off the room rate from 1st July to 17th August (although note that the Obs is closed from 1st – 10th August). A fantastic opportunity to come and experience summer on the island.

Bonxie chicks are amongst the attractions of a summer visit, but don't get too close, their parents will be watching and they won't be happy!
So if you’re thinking of taking advantage of either of these bookings, or you’d like to visit at any other time, drop us a line at or call on 01595 760258. Although we’re pretty full for the peak times (mid Sep – mid Oct and late May – early June), there are still some great times to visit and some potentially fantastic birding spells available.

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