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Richard Baines

Richard Baines

Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Nature Guide and in Wildlife Conservation for 30 years. From recording UK migrant birds as a volunteer for Flamborough Bird Observatory to monitoring Siberian migrants in China; he has become highly experienced in bird identification and ecology. He was born in North Yorkshire and lived here for most of his life. He has worked extensively with the North York Moors National Park (NYMNP) including a project in 2014 surveying a large area of open moorland for breeding waders such as Golden Plover...

Steve Race

Steve Race

is our lead photographer at Yorkshire Coast Nature. From his start with a film camera in the early eighties right up to the digital era of today, Steve has acquired a great eye for wildlife photography. His passion for the natural world shines through on his workshops and tours with YCN. In 2013 Steve was one of the "commended" winners in the prestigious international "BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year" competition and also had a second image "commended" in the "British Wildlife Photography Awards". His images have been used by the RSPB, Natural History Museum, the...

Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Mark is a wildlife guide for Yorkshire Coast Nature. He is an obsessive birder, qualified ornithologist, natural history writer and passionate conservationist and has many years' experience talking, guiding and leading events about birds and wildlife. He is often asked to appear on television and radio, most recently on BBC's Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Natural World . Originally from Flamborough, he has recently returned to his beloved Yorkshire coast, and now lives in Filey. He has travelled extensively over five continents in pursuit of wildlife, but remains...

Margaret Boyd

Margaret Boyd

Margaret has been a keen birder from an early age, growing up in the Ribble Valley, in Lancashire. She has lived in East Yorkshire for the past 25 years and has gained excellent knowledge of the local birding sites. She is an experienced teacher both in the classroom and in the outdoor environment; with a background in agricultural science and biology. She is currently an Education guide at Tophill Low nature reserve. She has held a number of volunteering roles for the BTO and the RSPB, carrying out farmland and garden bird surveys, volunteering as a spotter on the Yorkshire Belle seabird...

Jono Leadley

Jono Leadley

Jono is likely to be found wandering around Wheldrake Ings near York looking at what migrant birds he can find, or perhaps trying to identify plants in the meadows, or hanging out at the local landfill site looking at gulls. He has a wide-ranging and lifelong interest in wildlife and has worked in nature conservation for 15 years. Currently, Jono works for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust where he heads up the development team, being responsible for fundraising and communications. Jono has guided at both home and abroad, including trips to Argentina, Costa Rica, Norfolk, the Hebrides and...

Paul Connaughton

Paul Connaughton

Shearwater Wildlife Tours founder Paul Connaughton has been an avid birdwatcher and nature enthusiast since childhood. Although birding is the number one drive in his life, Paul is the current Chairman of Birdwatch Ireland's (Ireland's largest conservation organisation) West Cork branch and is actively involved with and promotes conservation projects and studies in his locality. While being a regular contributer to Cork Bird News with rarities and scarcities, he also manages a 30 acre private estate in West Cork where his goal is to encourage raptors and other wildlife to thrive. He also...

Ivan Nethercoat

Ivan Nethercoat

Ivan grew up in East Yorkshire and spent much of his formative years helping his father manage the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserves at Kiplingcoates and Rifle Butts quarries or visiting sites such as Filey and Flamborough with Beverley Naturalists Society. He went on to do a degree in photography and then got a job with the RSPB at Sandy in charge of the Birdbus, a travelling exhibition and education centre. 27 years later he’s still with RSPB managing a small team responsible for training staff and volunteers in visitor experience, recruitment, how visitors perceive the...

Daniel Lombard

Daniel Lombard

Dan is an experienced field ecologist and guide for Yorkshire Coast Nature and also works for YCN’s sister company Wold Ecology Ltd .  Having lived in North Yorkshire all his life, Dan has an in-depth knowledge of the region as well as its wildlife and where best to see it.  His experience encompasses most areas of natural history, but he is especially knowledgeable about mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. He has worked on many conservation projects in Yorkshire, including nationally important seabird populations, Water Voles and Otters, Great Crested...

Nicola Race

Nicola Race

is our exhibition and gallery co-ordinator at Yorkshire Coast Nature. Over the last 18 years she has gained a wealth of experience as an administrative and organisational professional. Nicola's skills have proved a great asset during the past three years in managing and overseeing exhibitions in numerous galleries by YCN photographer Steve Race.  Following this success, Nicola will be arranging future exhibitions for YCN photographers and artists.  Nicola, a wildlife enthusiast, grew up in the Yorkshire coast area and enjoys...

Linda Jenkinson

Linda Jenkinson

Linda is a Leeds birder with a life-long passion for the natural world. She has a background in animal and human biology moving to biodiversity and conservation where she spent 13 years working in population ecology. One of the most successful research projects she was involved in was to look at the effects of global warming on population dynamics and community structure. Linda has been volunteering with conservation groups since the mid ’80s and has worked with the Leeds Urban Wildlife Group, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the British Trust for Ornithology and the RSPB. While leading the...