Fair Isle Warnings and Dangers

  • Please play with me!
    Please play with me!
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  • Aren't I cute - apparently a good Puffin catcher
    Aren't I cute - apparently a good Puffin...
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  • And I'm cute too!
    And I'm cute too!
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Most Recent Warnings and Dangers in Fair Isle

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    Local 4-footers like to play

    by kathymof Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    Please play with me!
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    Here is a local border collie that joined a talk we were listening to and wanted us to play with him. All of the animals we met were sweet and wanted to play - be prepared to throw sticks, etc for them if they are not at work herding the sheep.

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    • Birdwatching
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Keep your head intact

    by kathymof Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    The Stick Position

    Bonxies and Arctic Terns will dive bomb you if you get anywhere near their nests. They can hit you pretty hard and draw blood. The locals carry a walking stick or pole over their shoulder and for some reason, this deters the birds from getting too close for comfort. The image to the left shows Pat Thompson, the Fair Isle Archaeologist, demonstrating the use of a stick during a talk on archaeology.

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    • Archeology
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Birdwatching

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    Watch out for cliff edges

    by kathymof Written Nov 27, 2004

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    Puffin being ringed

    Be very careful and stay away from cliff edges. Puffins burrow along the edge of cliffs, near the top. Their burrows can go back several feet and undermine the cliff edge. It is a long and rocky way down.

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    • Birdwatching
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Sheep everywhere and so are their droppings

    by kathymof Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    Sheep - they think they own the place

    Be nice to the locals and take your shoes off before entering their homes. Sheep are everywhere and it is just about impossible to get all of their droppings scraped off your shoes. Also be careful walking around outside the Observatory after dinner as the sheep and sea birds are used to getting the kitchen scraps. They will come racing and swooping towards you thinking you're the lunch wagon. They are harmless and seem to realize that the startled look on your face says "no food here". They are quite noisy when they think dinner is on the way.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Adventure Travel

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