Friday, March 21, 2014

World War One Video by Fair Isle the Primary School

Fair Isle is Britain's most remote inhabited island, also claims the most remote primary school. Year around residents total about 65 people, 4 of those attend classes, with 1 other child in the nursery. This year the pupils at the local primary school researched the names on the islands war memorial. Using the information they gathered the pupils created a display for the local museum 'The George Waterson Memorial Centre'. This video was created by the school and presented to the Royal British Legion Scotland as part of the 2014 Primary School War Memorial Competition. Out of 40 schools who enter the competition Fair Isle has made it into the top 4 finalist! Winner will be announced next week, with a grand prize trip to London for the winning school.


Our Boys - Fair Isle & World War One from Fair Isle on Vimeo.

to our national winners! well done kid and all of Fair Isle.

More links to the story:

Royal British Legion - Scotland:

Shetland Times:

Shetland News:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Support the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative.

 Dear friends and supporters,

Please register your support for the Fair Isle community and a marine protected area for the waters around Fair Isle, please do so via the website's Guestbook ( "

"The Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI) website at has now been completely updated and includes a wealth of additional information. The website is well worth a visit and spending some time to read with interesting text and photos throughout.

Also hot off the press on the FIMETI News page ( is a forthcoming stakeholders meeting between the Fair Isle community and fishermen's representatives on 24th March, plus some great upcoming cultural and environmental events to look forward to, including 'Da Fishing Hands' premiere of music and song on 23rd May and a Fair Isle Maritime Festival of supporting events from 22nd to 25th May. The Clipperton Project is planning a scientific and educational expedition to Fair Isle in June.

With 100% community support, Fair Isle is very pleased to announce that representatives from the Shetland Fishermen's Association and the Scottish Fishermen's Federation will be visiting the isle next Monday, 24th March, for discussions on the Fair Isle MPA proposal. The community is looking forward to seeing them and determining common ground on the issue of sustainable management measures for Fair Isle waters.

FIMETI's latest annual newsletter 'Making Waves' - with full news and updates regarding Fair Isle's continuing quest for a Marine Protected Area - will be published on the Newsletters page of the website shortly ( "

Many thanks from the Fair Isle Community.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Fine Art of Fair Isle Knitting.

Wouldn't you like to own this fine Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep and help the Fair Isle Primary School? Hand knitted by Fair Islander by Elena Mera-Long this hat could be yours for the highest donation to benefit the Fair Isle Primary School Fund.

  • Bidding starts at 100.00 pounds.
  • Bidding ends 5pm.(UK) March 31st, 2014.

Send your bids in a private message on Facebook to Elena Mera-Long.
If you are not on Facebook you can email me - - and I'll see she gets it. 

For past history of Fair Isle Fisherman Keps for fund raising view this link:

I love the Gold and Blue... Very nautical /Northern Lighthouse Board colours.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The early bird, a rare Stonechat.

 Yesterday, I thought I saw a Chaffinch's white wing bars fly out of my garden, sadly never seen again. Then today while planting old sprouted garlic in my garden, I swear I heard a Wagtail fly over? Never saw it... With a Snowy Owl and a Gyrfalcon seen recently in Shetland, I have been out an about looking for big white birds? With all the Gulls and Fulmars it is a pain. I went for an afternoon drive knowing Wagtails and Chaffinch often hang out on the side of the road. I was driving to the north of the Isle at the Feely Dyke Cattle Grid when I found this Stonechat! A bird that is getting quite scarce on Fair Isle. It's not a Snowy Owl or a Gyrfalcon, I thought at first it might of been one of the few Robins about, (it wasn't an Accentor,) but that Stonechat made my day.

The Gannets are back on Kirk Stack today.
(Gannets are seen year around at sea, but they have been gone from the nesting sights for a few months.)

Purple Sandpiper - South Harbour

A Big White Bird!