Meet the team
Meet the team of Rangers & Ecologists providing wildlife tours in the Cairngorms & Speyside.
The Wild Alba team are passionate about the outdoors and bring a vast amount of experience and knowledge to your visit. We will be here to ensure that your tour suits your needs, striving to provide an informative and, most of all, enjoyable time while you are with us.
Jackie Taylor, Ranger
Jackie was in 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 will most likely be 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 fueled 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 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 previously worked for the Field Studies Council. 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 has blossomed, feeding a passion for species from the Grouse family. He often works closely with these species and their habitat on a day to day basis. A keen outdoors man 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.
Charlotte Dufferwiel, Ranger
Growing up in Durham in the North East of England, Charlotte has always had a passion for nature, particularly birds. This passion led her to study Zoology at Newcastle University. Appreciating everything from a small flower bud, the first swallow of summer, to amazing light over the dramatic hills of Scotland and the Lake District, not even the Scottish rain can dampen her enthusiasm!
We look forward to providing you with wildlife tours in the Cairngorms and Speyside!
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