The Wildlife Travel Team
We are fortunate in being able to draw on a wide range of expertise for leading our holidays. Further details of all leaders are given in the relevant Holiday Leaflet for each holiday.
Chris Donnelly is a Director of Wildlife Travel and one of our regular leaders, with a particular fondness for Latin America. With a wide-ranging expertise, from evolution and geology to botany and birds, Chris will ensure all our travellers enjoy their Wildlife Travel holiday. Chris has led holidays in many of our destinations including Galapagos, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Romania, Sardinia, Greece, Spain, Lesvos, the Burren and Cyprus.
Brian Eversham is Chief Exectuive of the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs & Northants and a Director of Wildlife Travel. His extensive natural history expertise covers invertebrates as well as plants and birds and his knowledge of ecology and conservation issues will add great interest to the trips he leads. Brian has led several trips for us including Romania, the Burren, Cyprus, the Dolomites and the Vercors, France.
Kieron Huston works for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, where he is Senior Wildlife Sites Officer. Kieron is an excellent botanist and naturalist who joined our team of leaders in 2008. Kieron has led several trips for us including Crete, the Burren and Isle of Mull.
Laurie Jackson is an all round naturalist who has worked for the Wildlife Trusts in Cambridgeshire, Sussex and Devon and is now a wildlife consultant. Her knowledge of butterflies is always a bonus to any trip as is her experience in running training courses on wildlife. Laurie has led for us in the Isles of Scilly, Vercors, Crete, Lesvos and Bulgaria.
Charlie Moores is an excellent bird watcher and general naturalist. Charlie lives in Wiltshire, where he led our 2011 holiday. He has also led trips to Germany, the Burren, Isle of Mull, Isles of Scilly, Cyprus, and Chile.
Rosemary Parslow, an experienced botanist and ornithologist, has known the Isles of Scilly for over 30 years, has led Wildlife Travel holidays to the islands (and other destinations) and is the author of the New Naturalist book on the islands. Rosemary will, once again, be leading our trip to the islands this year.
Philip Precey joined the Wildlife Travel team in September 2007, having previously worked for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on wetland conservation projects. he is now a Director of Wildlife Travel and his wide ranging knowledge and enthusiasm for natural history is an asset on any trip. He has led trips to many of our destinations including Norfolk, Turkey, Cyprus, the Pantanal, the Peloponnese, Madagascar, Tasmania, Morocco, Galapagos, Spitzbergen and Chile.
Charlie Rugeroni is a landscape and garden designer, having worked on projects such as refurbishing a late Victorian historic garden in Dorset. His knowledge and interest in plants, and wildlife generally, stem from his previous work with English Nature, Butterfly Conservation and Marinelife. As a designer, Charlie takes inspiration for his work from observing and studying natural landscapes and plant communities in the wild. Charlie has led Wildlife Travel holidays to Wiltshire, Morocco, the Vercors, the Burren, the Pyrenees, Romania, Costa Rica, Mallorca, and to his native Gibraltar.
Mike Russell is a Director of Wildlife Travel and worked for the Sussex Wildlife Trust from 1985 to 2016, in roles that enabled him to teach a variety of wildlife courses, particularly on birds. He runs birdwatching courses and has led several wildlife holidays including our trips to Mull, Portugal, Poland, Lesvos, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Costa Rica, Botswana, Brazil, Ecuador and Guyana.
Henry Stanier is Great Fen Ecology and Recording Officer for the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants, with responsibility for managing the monitoring of the Great Fen, including training of volunteers in ecological monitoring. He has a wide general knowledge of natural history with particular expertise in birds, dragonflies, reptiles, amphibians and mammals (particularly bats, dormice and other small mammals, and as a bird ringer), as well as botany. He also has an extensive knowledge of ecology and conservation. Henry has led holidays to places as diverse as Costa Rica, Galapagos, Romania, Lesvos, the Burren and his home area of Rutland.
Mike Symes is an excellent all-round naturalist and professional ecologist who has worked for Devon Wildlife Trust for over ten years. In addition to leading Wildlife Travel’s trips to Norfolk, Romania, Estonia and the Dolomites, Mike has travelled extensively through Europe in search of its special flora and fauna. His enthusiasm for all aspects of natural history and his keenness to share this knowledge with others will help to ensure that you enjoy a wonderful holiday.
When contacting the office you are most likely to speak to either Philip Precey, Chris Donnelly (see leader details) or Lois Kershaw.
The Directors of Wildlife Travel are Christine Donnelly, Brian Eversham, Philip Precey, Mike Russell and Dr Tim Upson.