About Us

With nearly 30 years’ experience in wildlife guiding, Speyside Wildlife has always been focused on our guests, ensuring the quality of their experience through the quality of our guides. Wildlife identification takes skill, but the perfect guide will not only know their wildlife, plants and habitats, they’ll be able to illuminate and interpret the landscape surrounding them. Our Wildlife Identification Courses are tutored by our guides, who are story-tellers and all-round field naturalists.

As well as our wildlife guides, we also have a fantastic and experienced admin team. Rebecca will be your point of contact during the course and will ensure your queries before and during the course are answered efficiently.

Nothing illustrates the success of these courses more succinctly than the feedback we’ve received from participants over the years. Below is just a flavour of that feedback.

Just the right balance of observation, discussion and different sites. Many thanks for an excellent programme – it really is life changing.” Karen MacEachern – 2018/19 ID course

I’d highly recommend this 2-day course to anyone interested in birds. I’ve learned lots and am looking forward to learning more.” Gill McMillan – 2019 Raptor Masterclass

Our Tutors

Roy Atkins

We’ve known Roy for over 25 years. He’s a great all-round naturalist and years of experience in the world of teaching have made him a great people person, so making him ideal as a trainer on our courses. He knows exactly how he learned to identify birds and mammals and therefore has the perfect approach to pass on that skill to others.

So many birds – very satisfying. Roy is a great tutor, trainer and guide.” Elspeth Blackshaw 2019/20 course

Excellent trainer! The theory in the classroom was complemented brilliantly by the field day.” David Hull – 2019 Wader Masterclass

Well delivered and much more in depth than I expected. Roy is a fantastic teacher!!” Dorothy Noble – 2019 Wader Masterclass

Duncan Macdonald

With a background in environmental education and conservation in the Highlands of Scotland, giving him great guiding skills, as well as knowledge of a wide range of birds, mammals, butterflies and bugs, Duncan is also the perfect trainer to pass on all that knowledge in a fun, interesting and ultimately ‘successful’ way.

Huge thanks to Duncan for his time, commitment, infectious enthusiasm and incredible knowledge base. Judith Nott – 2017/18 ID course

Fantastic weekend – learned so much on the Saturday and due to that enjoyed Sunday so much. What great sightings we had! Emma Stephenson – 2019/20 ID course

Duncan’s tuition has been fabulous, tailoring it very well to all levels. Thank you!! Liz Mcgill – 2019 Raptor Masterclass

Privacy Policy

Data protection law

The General Data Protection Regulation May (2018) describes how organisations must collect, handle and store personal information. These rules apply regardless of whether data is stored electronically or on paper. To comply with the law, personal information must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed unlawfully. The GCPR is underpinned by eight important principles:

  1. Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
  2. Purpose limitation
  3. Data minimisation
  4. Accuracy
  5. Storage limitation
  6. Security
  7. Accountability
  8. Lawful processing

Our Data Protection Privacy Policy

Speyside Wildlife needs to gather and use certain information about individuals, so that we can ensure students have a safe, secure and successful course. These individuals can include guests, customers, suppliers, business contacts, employees and others our organisation has a relationship with, or needs to contact.

This data protection policy ensures Speyside Wildlife:

  • Complies with data protection law and follows good practice
  • Protects the rights of staff, guests and associates
  • Is open about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
  • Protects itself from the risks of a data breach

Enquirers’/students’ Consent

By using our website or contacting us for information, or completing a Booking Form, either in writing or online, you understand and agree that personal information you provide will be held on a database created by us and will be stored for the purpose of providing you with information now and in the future and, where necessary, transferring this information to future SW bookings and providing it as necessary to associated third parties. This website is held on a server based in the UK.

How we use personal information

Personal information provided to us will be used for the purposes outlined at the time of collection in accordance with the preferences you express. Personal data collected and processed by us is treated as strictly private and confidential and we shall never share your data with other third parties. Your data may be used for the following purposes:

  • Preparing documentation and disseminating information
  • Booking of accommodation; this may include providing health/dietary information.
  • Booking of travel elements; this may include providing age/passport information
  • Booking of activities; this may include providing height/weight information
  • Processing of payments where necessary (we do not store anyone’s financial/banking details)
  • Insurance information provided to appropriate persons in the event of an incident on your course
  • Communication of SW Marketing information

How long we retain your information

Enquirers’ contact details, including names/addresses/emails/telephone numbers and other incidental information provided to us, are held for three years and then deleted, unless you have gone on to make a booking with us, or you have contacted us to update your information, when a further three years will elapse from the time the contact was made, or course attended, before deletion. If you do not wish us to keep your data once you have completed your course with us, please inform us.

Right to access of information held

You have the right to ask us, in writing, for a copy of all the personal data held about you. This will be sent to you as soon as possible and certainly no later than 30 days after your request.

Data Storage

Our computers all comply with recommended security levels; all databases are password protected and PC screens are locked when unattended. Where printed matter is required, this is stored in locked drawers/cabinets. Paper and printouts are not left where unauthorised people can see them. Any paperwork no longer required is shredded.

When ‘out in the field’ or away on trips, any guests’ personal data the guides require to have with them in order to carry out their instructor duties efficiently and effectively, will be kept with them at all times and is deleted from their possession when the course is completed. Any information provided to our partners to enable your course or experience to be provided successfully, in the majority of circumstances, is only ever names and dietary requirements. Where safety or internal requirements require further information to be provided, our partners are charged with deleting that information from their own records as soon as the course has been completed.

Needless to say we’re very happy you ask us questions at any time about the personal information we hold for you, by emailing us.

Key details

Policy prepared by: Speyside Wildlife
Approved by: Suzanne Dowden
Policy became operational on: 25 May 2018
Next review date: 24 May 2020