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The Team
Speyside Wildlife's small team really is the secret of our success. Enthusiasm, expertise and a sense of fun - they’ve got it! We know, and you tell us over and over again, that Speyside Wildlife's guides and behind the scenes logistics just can't be beaten.

Roy Atkins
We've known Roy for over 25 years. He's a great all-round naturalist and years' of experience in the world of teaching have made him a great people person. Our guests travel with him again and again to far-flung places such as Costa Rica, Tanzania, the Pantanal and British Columbia. His sense of fun and knowledge of birds, plants and animals make him a very popular leader.

Simon Eaves
Simon is one of Speyside's keenest birdwatchers. He knows as much as anyone about the wildlife of the Scottish Highlands and has a real interest in scarce birds, mammals and identification challenges - with him as your guide you'll learn a huge amount about Speyside. That doesn't stop him taking guests further afield for us however, to places such as Tarifa/Donana and the Isles of Scilly.
Craig Round
Craig loves Speyside and the Scottish Islands and has led tours in Scotland for nearly 25 years, taking our guests regularly to Mull, Shetland, Fair Isle and the Outer Hebrides. He has a great combination of field naturalist skills, outgoing personality and incredibly sharp eyes; along with an astonishing knowledge of birds, mammals and insects.
Darren Rees
Darren is a great birder and quite simply fun to be with. He has led countless groups for us in Arizona, Texas, California, South Africa and Namibia. This year he will be taking guests to Colorado, Yellowstone, Extremadura and Spitsbergen. He is also a talented artist: ‘Bird Impressions' is his acclaimed collection of bird paintings and his latest book ‘Ice Bound' follows his exploits in Antarctica'.
Duncan Macdonald
With 20 years' experience leading wildlife watching groups in the Highlands, Duncan is spending more and more time taking our guests further afield to the Pyrenees, Yellowstone, Bhutan and Romania. He has a background in environmental education and conservation, which gives him great guiding skills, as well as knowledge of a wide range of birds, mammals, butterflies and bugs!.
Julian Sykes
A native Yorkshireman, Julian now divides his time between there and Spain, so is the perfect guide to take you on our Andujar, Extremadura and Pyrenees holidays. Not that this stops him from leading tours to British Columbia, NE India and Wrangel Island. He has a lifelong interest in wildlife and his friendly outgoing nature makes him a very popular guide and ideal member of the team.
Sally Nowell
Sally has travelled extensively to pursue her interest in wildlife watching, particularly birds, and has been based in Speyside for the last 22 years, so has an excellent knowledge of Highland wildlife. Sally is a keen walker and loves to try and get off the beaten track to discover the hidden corners of the Highlands. She co-leads a number of our Scottish holidays.
Jack Ward
Since moving to the Cairngorms in 2010 Jack has lived and worked across the Scottish Highlands, travelling throughout the Hebrides and the far North West. He has a love of all things wild, with expertise in all UK deer species and birds and loves to explore the relationships between wildlife and their environment. His enthusiasm for wildlife is rivalled only by his desire to share his wildlife experiences with others.
Tim Drew
With 30 years' experience behind him, Tim is a passionate ornithologist and a keen all-round naturalist who was born with 'binoculars around his neck'. He enjoys nothing more than exploring places in search of birds, butterflies and all other beasties and sharing his knowledge with others. He has a soft spot for the Scottish Highlands and Islands, but has also travelled widely throughout Europe and Asia.
James Stevens
His passion for nature started at the age of three, growing up in the Cotswolds, after he memorised all of the birds on a poster in his room! James creates the films you can see on our website, when not filming in remote areas around the world and also co-leads some of our Scottish holidays. He's not a bad artist either, plays the piano, the guitar, sings...!
Peter Elford
Before coming to Speyside, he and his wife now live near Ferness, Peter previously lived on Skye and lead trips to watch White-tailed Eagles. He has a bit of a thing for dragonflies... Working for Speyside Wildlife he gets to share his passion for wildlife with visitors from all over the world - so what's not to love?! Peter leads some of our day guides in the Cairngorms.
Kate Mennie
Kate grew up in North East Scotland and has had a passion for wildlife from a young age. Her first job involved combining childcare and forest school learning, before spending last summer volunteering with the ranger service on the Isle of Mull. Kate mainly runs our Evening Mammal Hide in the Cairngorms, but also can be found Day Guiding and co-leading some of our Scottish Holidays.
Adam Batty
Adam is passionate about nature, a keen birder and an experienced bird surveyor. He has travelled extensively to experience and witness the natural world and enjoys nothing more than sharing those experiences with others. Since moving to the Cairngorms from Edinburgh he has been enthusiastically expanding his knowledge of the birds, mammals, plants and insects of the area.
Sharon Cairns
One of our talented chefs; Sharon's food has won her great plaudits. She has produced many of the wonderfully irresistible culinary creations that have expanded waistlines over the years and also manages many of the day-to-day workings of the Steading for our Speyside holidays.
Alan Cairns
Alan can usually be found around the Steading looking after the vehicles that keep us all in comfort on the road. Alan helps out with such a multitude of things at Speyside Wildlife that the call most frequently heard is "Has anyone seen Alan?".
Sally Dowden
Sally owns Speyside Wildlife and is still very much hands on in the organisation. Responsible for the smooth running and complex logistics of the business, she recently instigated a wildlife identification course, designed to fill the lack of ‘on the ground' identification skills in the Cairngorms, which is run by two of our wildlife tour guides.
 
Lisa Gunn
Lisa has been with us for over 14 years now and is responsible for all the accounting and systems management. Along with the daily accounting processes, company pensions, wages, budgets, contribution schedules and VAT, she organises the hide and vehicle logistics, all of which help to keep her busier than ever!
 
Susanne McCafferty 
Susanne has been with us for over thirteen years. Born and bred in Speyside, she deals with all aspects of a selection of our Scottish and UK holidays, such as Orkney, Wales, the Scillies, Northumberland, the Outer Hebrides and Mull, as well as organising the day guiding in the Cairngorms and further afield.
Tania Pedersen
Tania is one of the voices you'll hear when you call our office. She deals with all aspects of administration to ensure you have all the information you need for your holiday, organising all our overseas trips, dealing with the complex logistics of the long-haul destinations, while still finding time to manage the European destinations.

Cath Wright
Cath leads on our marketing and deals with our design work, website and organises our guides to deliver presentations to bird clubs, various exhibitions at birding fairs, plus our own events up and down the country. Her background in hospitality and marketing, means she is best placed to ensure we get to see as many of you as possible around the UK.
Rebecca Mackellar
Rebecca handles the logistics of all holidays that have a Cairngorms National Park element to them. Her army background stands her in good stead to combine her work for Speyside Wildlife with running her own business, while still finding time to co-ordinate and run the annual Grantown-on-Spey Tri-tri, that she established some time ago.
Karen Martin
Karen is the newest member of the team and organises our tailor-made holidays. She has a background in hospitality having owned a Guest House previously and loves exploring Scotland and beyond.