Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

Friends of Fair Isle

Friends of Fair Isle have provided much needed support to the Observatory over the 70 years since it was first established by George Waterston, particularly during the construction of the new Observatory building.

The subscription rate for new Friends is £24.00 per year (£10.00 for Green membership) (see below for details). This entitles members to a newsletter and a copy of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory report published that year and preferential booking of accommodation at the Observatory from the year after first joining. Membership renewal falls due on or around the 1st April each year.

  • Full - at least £24 (printed Annual Report, and choice of pdf/printed newsletter and email/letter correspondence)
  • Green - at least £10 (pdf Annual Report and newsletter and email correspondence)
  • There is no longer a specific overseas rate, but it is possible to become a Green Friend and buy a printed Annual Report from our online shop, if required.

As a charity, FIBOT does everything it can to minimise administration costs. You can help by paying your annual subscription through your bank. The Standing Order, if completed, will instruct your bank to pay your chosen amount automatically on the date completed and each April 1st thereafter. It can of course be cancelled at any time. Completed Standing Orders should be returned to the Administrator who will process your membership and then forward the Order to your bank.

It is also possible to join as a life member for £600 (£250 for Green life). Please contact the Administrator directly if you wish to take out a life membership.

Friends who pay UK Income Tax can greatly increase the value of their annual subscription by covenanting them. Simply complete the Gift Aid Declaration and return this along with your completed membership form or Standing Order to the Administrator. This will allow FIBOT, a recognised charity, to reclaim the Income Tax that you have paid on your annual subscription. The covenant is automatically cancelled if you cease to be a Friend.

To download a membership form, please click here

Membership to ‘Friends of Fair Isle’ runs from 1st April until 31st March the following year. Therefore, if you join before 1st January your membership will run until 31st March of the following year, but if you join after 1st January then you get 3 months 'free' membership, and your membership will run until 31st March of the subsequent year.

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