Meet the Team

We have a small but experienced team here at Tadorna Tours. Each of our Tour Leaders and Operations staff are experienced in their fields through their work in conservation or in the field, and our Operations staff are friendly, informative and passionate about giving you the best experience on one of our tours and helping you to be organised and ready along the way.

Dan Rouse
Operations Manager, Tour Leader

Dan is responsible for the every day running of Tadorna Tours, she also leads some of our Day Trips, UK Tours and is a core member of the Wildlife Education team.
Born and raised in a small town near Swansea, Dan has a huge passion for Wales and its wildlife. She is an experienced ornithologist having conducted surveys for Natural Resources Wales as well as volunteering and working with a number of Bird Observatories, across Wales, the UK and Europe. She has a particular love for wildfowl and wader migration, spending many many hours on the coast watching species through the year. Her background is in wildlife education, having worked for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in both their education and aviculture departments. Dan is qualified in Additional and Special Educational Needs teaching and has worked with SEN Groups and Schools. She is a presenter for S4C and guest presenter on BBC Countryfile, she’s also an author with DK Books. Dan also holds a position on the Welsh Ornithological Society committee.
Interests: Birds, Wildfowl, Coastal Wildlife, Waders, Cetaceans
Favourite creatures: Red-breasted Goose, Oystercatcher, Manx Shearwater, Harbour Porpoise

Sam Viles
Tour Leader, Operations

Sam is responsible for photography for Tadorna Tours as well as leading our Day Trips.
Sam is an experienced ornithologist with a keen interest in vagrancy, rare birds and migration currently working as a bird news editor for and as a columnist for Birdwatch magazine. Born and raised in Nottinghamshire, Sam’s love for birds has taken him across the world. This includes pioneering birding trips to southern Algeria and Egypt, as well as a five-year university stint in Northumberland amidst the delights of coastal wildlife, terns, waders and rare migrants. Holding a committee position for Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers, Sam also writes features and gives talks on a freelance basis. Now based in the outskirts of Swansea, Sam’s passion for wildlife photography means he never goes anywhere without a camera! He has had photos published in several magazines and is highly passionate about the craft and sharing his knowledge with others.
Interests: Birds, Wildlife Photography, Butterflies and Dragonflies
Favourite creatures: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Barnacle Goose, Yellow-browed Warbler, Marsh Fritillary

Tara Crank
Wildlife Education Officer

Tara is responsible for running our family activity sessions, family tours and engagement work in Gower.
Having grown up in a family of teachers, Tara is particularly fascinated by the process of learning, particularly through experiences in nature. Her Master’s thesis was focused on how mobile technology can promote connection with natural places and she brings this modern attitude forward in her practices. Working at the Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew) Tara developed a particular fondness for bees & other pollinators and will often be found with her nose by a flower, looking closely at a hungry bee. With experience at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Coed Lleol/SmallWoods and Dryad Bushcraft, Tara’s knowledge base brings together environmentally minded outdoor living skills with conservation and biology.
Interests: Experiential Learning, Bees, Moths, Trees, Edible & Medicinal Plants
Favourite Creatures: Patchwork Leaf-Cutter Bee, Tawny Mining Bee, Canary-Shouldered Thorn, White-Lipped Snail, Beard lichens

Pip Gray
Wildlife Education Leader

Pip is responsible for leading our family activity sessions, family tours and engagement work in Neath, Port Talbot and Gower.
Having lived in Cardiff for over a decade, Pip is an advocate for urban nature in our towns, cities and gardens, and has spent many years volunteering and working in the area to protect the environment and its wild residents. She runs a weekly Twitter social called #WildCardiffHour bringing together the community to share and identify their wildlife finds, as well as currently working for the RSPB as an engagement officer on the Celtic Rainforest LIFE project in Mid and North Wales. If she’s not here, you’ll find her chasing butterflies or out at night moth spotting!
Interests: Urban Wildlife, Butterflies, Moths & Birds
Favourite creatures: Swift, Elephant Hawk Moth, Peacock Butterfly

Tate Lloyd
Wildlife Education Leader

Tate is responsible for leading our marine recording, community engagement sessions around the Gower.
Tate has had an interest and passion for nature from a very young age, having grown up in the Rhondda Valleys he is enthusiastic about sharing his passion and knowledge about the natural world. He is currently studying environmental conservation management, but has experience of surveying birds for the BTO as well as practical conservation skills from volunteering on nature reserves. Despite a love for all creatures within the natural world, Tate has a particular love for birds, insects, rockpool creatures and fish.
Interests: Birds, Butterflies, Moths, Dragonflies, Hoverflies, Bees, Fish and rockpool life.
Favourite creatures: Dotterel, Green hairstreak, Golden-ringed dragonfly, Hornet mimic hoverfly, Lobster and Corkwing wrasse.