Meet the team
Meet the team of Rangers & Ecologists providing wildlife tours in the Cairngorms & Speyside.
The Wild Alba team are all passionate about the outdoors and can bring a large amount of experience and knowledge to your visit. We will be here to ensure that your tour suits your needs. We will strive to provide an informative and enjoyable time while you are with us.
Jackie Taylor, Ranger
Jackie was of no doubt growing up that she would spend her working and spare time being outdoors and immersed in any activity involving wildlife. She is rarely found without her walking boots, waders or wellies and you are most likely to find her up a hill, in a river or enjoying a walk in the woods. She has been lucky to spend over a decade working as an ecologist surveying plants, mammals and birds in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Scotland.
Her passion for the outdoors and wildlife lead her to study Countryside Management at Glasgow University and Environmental Management at Oatridge Agricultural College. She then spent many hours crawling through undergrowth, climbing mountains and wading in rivers searching for and recording an array of animals and plants. She is an all-round naturalist, with an infectious enthusiasm for Scottish wildlife and enjoys sharing her knowledge and wildlife stories.
Dr. Oliver Moore, Ranger
Oliver is an all-round naturalist with a particular interest in bryophytes and lichens. He completed a doctorate on the impacts of red deer management on bryophyte and lichen ecology and has several publications focussing on upland vegetation and how it responds to drivers of change. He has since lectured in Applied Ecology at the University of Gloucestershire. He is currently working on a bryophyte and lichen flora for the Letterewe Estate and has also collaborated on a forthcoming handbook on snow-bed vegetation in Scotland. Oliver is the Vice County recorder of bryophytes for mid-Perthshire.
Oliver is also an experienced tour leader – having worked for the Field Studies Council in a previous life. He has run residential birding tours, plant identification workshops and week-long butterfly and moth adventures. Participants of all ages on Oliver’s excursions have been observed rushing after errant Lepidoptera, with net and ‘bug pot’ at the ready, in case it was a new record for the Vice County. Oliver swears that his interest in natural history is what keeps him physically and mentally fit. However, casual on-lookers would question this latter assertion when he is seen pressed face down with a hand-lens, scrutinising the biodiversity in the black mat that is revealed when late-lying snow has finally melted, high in the Cairngorms National Park, each summer.
Joseph Birkett, Ranger
Joseph grew up in the Lake District National Park which sparked his enthusiasm for the UK’s countryside and wild spaces. Since moving to Scotland his knowledge of British fauna and flora and in particular feeding a passion for bird species from the Grouse family. He often works closely with these species and their habitat on a day to day basis. A keen outdoorsman in all respects he has started logging mountain days with aims towards completing the Mountain Leader Awards.
Laura Duggan, Ranger
Laura has always loved wildlife and being outdoors, as her parents realised when, at an early age she was found with a bag of sugar in the garden, feeding the ants. Laura went on to study Zoology at Edinburgh University, after which she spent a happy 5 years working offshore surveying marine mammals, sharks and turtles.
Feet firmly planted on drier ground (although it is Scotland so it’s not always that dry), she returned to university to study for a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Laura now spends most of her time carrying out bird surveys in remote and wild parts of Scotland. In her free time, she can be found munro-bagging her way around Scotland, hiking long-distance British trails, disappearing into woods to follow badger paths, or scrambling down river banks to look for otter prints.
Sara-Jane Vanstone, Ranger
Outdoor exploration of any sort is Sara-Jane’s idea of paradise. From bare foot coastal hikes to cross-country biking to finding the perfect wild swimming spot, for Sara-Jane, simply being surrounded by nature is a day well spent. She has a affinity for hill walking in particular and has spent many hours navigating across the Scottish uplands carrying out ecological surveys. Studying Countryside Management at college, Sara-Jane also has a great interest in UK land management techniques for wildlife conservation purposes and recreational use.
Justin Livesey, Ranger
Growing up in the countryside of Aberdeenshire Justin developed a passion for the rugged landscape of the Cairngorms and the wildlife and habitats of the region. He spends much of his spare time walking the hills and mountains and has climbed all 282 Munros of Scotland
(mountains over 3000 feet). He loves nothing better than exploring the remote and wild countryside seeing what species he can see. His working life has been spent in tourism and hospitality managing some of Scotland’s most prestigious visitor attractions and venues (Glenfiddich, The Lighthouse, The Teacher Building…). He has a vast knowledge of leading tours and providing people with unique experiences.
We look forward to providing you with wildlife tours in the Cairngorms and Speyside
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