A Focus On Nature

Ecotourism Guides

Niki Rib RiderNicola Boulton

Wildlife Tour Guide.
Wildlife Photographer.

Nicola has a degree in Zoo Biology from Nottingham Trent University and has always aspired to work in eco-tourism and broadcasting. Last year she worked on the Western Coast of Scotland (Firth of Lorne) doing wildlife tours on high powered boats. She did tours live on Real Radio Scotland, alongside doing photography for the company, which was used frequently on the website and for PR material. This year she is based on the Isle of Skye, and aspires now to achieve her RYA level 2 and start working abroad. Her hobbies include photography, which she has been fortunate enough to have had published in magazines, books and used on websites. She also loves doing art and wildlife illustration, and had her first fully illustrated book and front cover out late last year, called The Monkey’s Fart, a children’s nonsense poetry book.



Wildlife Tour Guide.
Nature Blogger.

Kathy studied Medical Microbiology and Zoology at Leeds University before pursuing a career in nature conservation. Volunteering for the Wildlife Trust on the Isles of Scilly, Kathy discovered a magical place where she soon observed all aspects of birdwatching, the excitement of the ‘twitch’ (Red-flanked Bluetail!) and the solace of a quiet meander around St Martin’s. Gaining her first paid conservation work with the RSPB at South Stack, Kathy began writing her blog ‘Naturebites’ as a way to share her wildlife experiences on Anglesey with a broader audience, continuing in 2012 when she worked for the North Wales Wildlife Trust. Kathy now lives to share her passion for wildlife and conservation on Anglesey, running her own ecotourism venture with friend and fellow birder, Ken Croft, called Naturebites.

Kathy’s Tour Company


Manual SanchezManuel Sanchez

Birdwatching Guide.
Engineer in Ecotourism.

Manuel works in conservation and sustainable development; he has worked and volunteered with different organizations as a consultant and technician in ornithology and birding tourism mainly in Ecuador, but also in other South American countries. Now based in Scotland, he has been working in Turkey, volunteering in Scotland, and has an ongoing relationship working in the NeoTropics in the promotion of birding as a tool for development and conservation. Birding is a fundamental part of his work. Manuel writes in his blog in Spanish, based on his experience and perception of birding, birdwatching tourism, conservation and politics. Some of his recordings of bird vocalizations have been published in the new DVD of Birds of Ecuador (2013).

Manuel’s Website
Manuel’s Blog

Joe CockramJoe Cockram

Wildlife Tour Guide.
Nature Writer.

Joe Cockram is a lifelong birder and has spent the last 10 years working in conservation and wildlife. He has spent much of the past 10 years working on nature reserves around the UK, including such legendary sites as Titchwell Marsh, The Farne Islands and Blakeney Point. He has also recently completed a Batchelors degree in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at Bournemouth University. Between work and studies he has travelled the world extensively, mainly on birdwatching trips, and you can read about his global adventures on his other website Joe’s Birding Blog. He now runs wildlife tours in his home county of Somerset and hopes to branch out to leading trips overseas.

Check out Joe’s tours here: www.avalonwildlife.co.uk




Simon GinnawMe2

Wildlife Tour Guide.

Simon has been fascinated by birds and natural history from an early age; obsessed by the Collins Bird Guide at the age of 3! Having worked and volunteered in conservation since his early teens, he now works as Senior Ranger on the edge of the Medway Estuary – one of the best birding locations in Kent. Simon manages his own wildlife education company, Explore The Wild, running classes about birds and their ecology, and is fortunate to guide wildlife holidays across the UK and abroad. When time allows, Simon is a bird ringer, bat surveyor, and trained arboriculturalist, and sits on the Conservation & Surveys Committee for the Kent Ornithological Society. To keep up to date with Simon’s classes, talks, and tours check out: www.simonginnaw.com.