Meet your Guide Gary

A lifelong birdwatcher & wildlife enthusiast, I caught the bug at a very early age and became passionate about the natural world around us.

I was a police officer for 30 years in Glasgow and during my service I specialised in the role of police wildlife crime officer. I dealt with a variety of inquiries which included liaising with other conservation organisations investigating wildlife crime.

I also worked voluntarily for the RSPB for a number of years, in a variety of roles such as enthusing visitors about nature (young and old alike), giving information and helping out practically on a reserve. It’s also where I met my partner Samantha, who has the same passion. I was involved with the local RSPB group, helping on the committee and latterly being the guide on our mini-breaks, one of them funnily enough being on Islay.

redwingI have carried out survey work both privately and for environmental organisations and still contribute to national records.

I fell in love with Islay on my first visit over 20 years ago, later introducing Samantha to its magic. After having been regular visitors since then, we were overjoyed to have the opportunity to fulfill our dream and move here permanently and have been made most welcome.

Since residing here I’ve been able to spend even more time getting to know the island’s wildlife hotspots and enjoy the change in seasons, migrant visitors and the ever spectacular scenery. I love nothing more than to be out and about here on Islay.

I look forward to bringing the island to life for you, hopefully leaving you feeling as passionate about Islay, its people and its wildlife as I am. So come join me wildlife watching on the “Queen of the Hebrides”.

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