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Richard Baines

Richard Baines

Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Wildlife Guide and in Nature Conservation for over 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. In 2015 he was...

Steve Race

Steve Race

Steve is an award-winning professional wildlife photographer based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He has been a keen naturalist and photographer for over 30 years, lived on the Yorkshire Coast all of his life and believes there is no better place for variety of habitats and amazing wildlife. Inspired by the natural world around him Steve captures incredible wildlife images. In 2013 he was “Commended” in the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards”, “Big Picture USA – Natural World Photography Competition” and “British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards” in...

Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Mark is an obsessive Yorkshire coast birder and naturalist whose roles include wildlife guide, ecologist, speaker, writer and educator. He is regularly asked to share his knowledge and enthusiasm on TV and radio and delights in spreading the gospel by any means necessary, whether through outreach, education and community engagement or campaigning on local, national and international stages for conservation. He is equally happy leading a YCN tour, being surrounded by a class of 30 urban schoolkids or seawatching for eight hours in a gale force northerly.

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 active birder in Ireland for over thirty years and has been runing pelagics in West Cork for over 5 years. He has also taken part in transatlantic seabird survey work on the Celtic Explorer, the Irish Marine Research vessal. During his time on the water and on land he has come across many rarities both avian and mammalian. Irelands first and only Cirl Bunting, 2nd Blyth's Reed Warbler, 6th Red-flanked Bluetail, 3rd Bearded Seal, and photographing the most northerly sight record of Zino's Petrel in the North Atlantic to name a...

Susanna O’Neill

Susanna O’Neill

Originally from Hull, Susie has spent many years living in various parts of the British Isles, and is now settled on the East Coast, close to her main place of work, Bempton Cliffs. Having worked for the RSPB over the past four years, and so closely with the team at Bempton, she has been afforded enviable opportunities of rare sightings, and the work has enhanced both the skills and the passion she already held regarding wildlife and the natural world. Previously a teacher, Susie has always encouraged youngsters to experience the marvels of nature first hand, and recently she has been...

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...