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GUEST COMMENTS
"Seeing Grizzly Bears, Bison and the two wolves really close in the Hayden Valley, what a wow moment!"
Ann Thitchener, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Birds, Bears, Beaver, Bisons and Beer! Amazing mountain scenery!"
Jenni & Keith Williamson, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Seeing a bison corpse being devoured by a grizzly bear with a coyote and ravens in attendance and than joined by a bald eagle - pure magic!"

Sonia & Clive Adkin, Yellowstone Spring 2014

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The best views we have had of Black Shouldered Kite, Montagus Harrier sky dancing and Spanish Imperial Eaglesand will be remembered forever."
Chris and Andy Mortimer, Extremadura 2015

"There were so many highlights - the gasp from my young son when he put his eye to the telescope and saw the eagle owl with its chick; watching two imperial eagles barking at a vulture as they dive bombed it; watching a male Great bustard displaying and then actually winning his female I could go on and on and on …"
Alex, Jess and Tom Rafinski, Extremadura 2014

"Seeing the Spanish Imperial Eagle, one mobbing a vulture and another with a Genet in its beak."
Alan Willison, Extremadura 2013



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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 20 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 like Costa Rica, Mongolia and China. His sense of fun and knowledge of birds, plants and animals make him one of our most popular leaders.
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 Yellowstone.
Craig Round
Craig loves Speyside and the Islands and has led tours in Scotland for over 15 years, taking our guests regularly to Mull, Shetland and 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.
Mark Denman 
A passionate birder since childhood, Mark’s travels as a violinist have enabled him to watch birds all over the world. He therefore is an obvious choice to lead our holidays to Yellowstone, Nova Scotia and New York City, just as much as Extremadura, Cyprus and closer to home in Scotland. He is even happier if the birds and animals are complemented by a range of plants and butterflies.
Darren Rees
Darren is a great birder and quite simply fun to be with. He has led countless groups for us in Speyside, the Scottish Islands, Yellowstone, Spitsbergen, New Mexico and this year will be taking guests to Yellowstone, Arizona and New England. He is also a talented artist: ‘Bird Impressions’ is his acclaimed collection of bird paintings; he worked for ‘Birds of the Western Palearctic’; and he writes for ‘Birds Illustrated’.
John Grierson
A native of Perthshire, John has lived in Aviemore for the past 25 years. Prior to becoming a guide, John was involved in wildlife crime investigation throughout the Highlands and was able to use his extensive knowledge of birds and animals to great advantage. An enthusiastic wildlife watcher, he lists all creatures as his favourite and therefore is a perfect choice for days out in the Cairngorms as well as Speyside weeks.
Duncan Macdonald
With 16 years’ experience of leading wildlife watching groups in the Highlands, Duncan now spends most of his time working as a countryside ranger for Highland Council. He still finds time though to lead tours for Speyside Wildlife and this year will be found again in one of his favourite destinations, the Pyrenees. He has a background in environmental education and conservation as well as being an expert and friendly guide.
Julian Sykes
A native Yorkshireman, Julian now lives in Spain after several years in Scotland, so is the perfect guide to take you on our Andujar and Pyrenees holidays. Not that this stops him from leading tours to British Columbia and Jordan. He has a lifelong interest in wildlife and his friendly outgoing nature makes him a very popular guide and ideal member of the team.
James Shooter
James is one of our youngest guides, but what he lacks in age he makes up for in knowledge and enthusiasm. He has a love of Northern nature with a particular interest in Scotland, Scandinavia and beyond. His keen fascination with the natural world is infectious and he’ll ensure you have fun whilst searching for your target species.
Sally Nowell
Sally has travelled extensively to pursue her interest in wildlife watching, particularly birds, and has been based on Speyside for the last 22 years, so has an excellent knowledge of Highland wildlife. Sally is a keen walker and loves to try to get off the beaten track to discover the hidden corners of the Highlands. She has recently retired from a career working in the NHS.
Simon Pawsey
Originally from the Northeast of England, Simon now lives on Speyside and has had a love affair with the area all his life. A keen birder from a young age, he has travelled all over the Highlands and Islands seeking out the Scottish specialities. His extensive knowledge of birds and mamals, coupled with his enthusiasm, warm personality and sense of humour, ensure that you'll have a great experience with Simon as your guide.
John Walters
A local from Kingussie, John gained his wildlife knowledge working with native species at the Highland Wildlife Park, at nearby Kincraig. He is therefore the perfect choice to guide you on our evening wildlife watching visits to our hide on the Rothiemurchus Estate, for views of Pine Martens and Badgers.
Sharon Cairns
Our talented chef; 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. She 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 spends more time nowadays sharing best practice experiences with businesses from other parts of Europe, coming to Scotland to learn about wildlife tourism
 
Lisa Gunn
Lisa has been with us for nine years now and has recently changed roles to expand her accounting and systems management responsibilities. Along with the daily accounting processes, Company pensions, wages, budgets, contribution schedules and VAT, all help to keep her busier than ever!
 
Susanne McCafferty 
Susanne has been with us for eight years. Born and bred in Speyside, she deals with all aspects of our Scottish holidays such as all the different trips to the Steading, plus Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Mull, as well as organising the day guiding in the Cairngorms 
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. She shares responsibility for organising all our overseas holidays, dealing specifically with the complex logistics of the long-haul trips.

Cath Wright
Cath develops our increasing contact with guests through talks for bird clubs, 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.
Eliane Barton
The newest member of our team, Eliane, has recently joined us, having returned to her native Speyside with her family. She shares the responsibility of our overseas trips and undertakes the administration of most of our short-haul holidays.
Darren Lenton
We’re delighted to welcome Darren back into the kitchen at the Steading after an absence of a few years. Although he is only able to help his Mum out on a part-time basis, we know many of you have already reconnected with him and his cooking.
   

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CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK BRAND - Increasing quality whilst reducing impact

We've been granted use of this Brand by the Cairngorms National Park Authority. This is only given to those businesses who have agreed to a set of quality standards in respect of their visitor experience, together with a commitment to reducing their impact on the natural environment.


VISIT SCOTLAND - Quality Assurance Scheme - Wildlife Experience

Speyside Wildlife is one of 40 wildlife businesses to be assessed under Visit Scotland's pilot scheme for Wildlife Experiences achieving 4 Star status for our day tours. Watch out for the designation throughout Scotland. We were delighted to receive our letter of confirmation from Visit Scotland so thought we'd share some of it with you here, ''Thank you for participating in the pilot of the new Wildlife Experience Designator within our Quality Assurance Scheme for visitor attractions. Your feedback and contribution to the introduction of this new development has been invaluable and we would like to welcome you as a new member of the Quality Assurance Grading Scheme".


ATOL PROTECTED

The air holidays and flights are ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4259. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.