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.
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
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 BirdGuides.com 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
Bethan is responsible for our engagement work, Family Tours and Cetacean Station at Spurn.
Growing up in East Yorkshire, Bethan has a strong devotion for coastal wildlife and conservation and has recently acquired a Diploma in Marine Biology. She is a Birdwatcher and trainee bird ringer based in Kilnsea/Spurn. When she isn’t looking for migrant birds, she can be found beachcombing, litter picking and photographing local wildlife, while trying to incorporate the habitat into her images to show others how wildlife is truly seen. Bethan currently volunteers as a BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue) Marine Mammal Medic and a Sea Watch observer but has previously spent time in Tenerife volunteering as a Marine conservationist
Interests: Birds, Cetaceans, Photography, Wildlife Migration
Favourite Creatures: Humpback Whale, Cuttlefish, Goldcrest, Storm Petrel
Wildlife Education Team
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
Wildlife Education Member
Grace is enthusiastic science communicator, passionate about connecting people with nature and inspiring them to make a positive contribution to the natural world. She graduated from the University of Exeter in 2019 with a degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology. During her time studying in Cornwall, she developed a love for marine mammals and was inspired to set up a marine wildlife society to showcase the amazing coastal creatures living in the UK. Since graduating, she has combined her love of nature and videography by working as a freelance wildlife filmmaker. When she is not out with her camera, Grace is busy running her business making zero-waste Christmas crackers, to reduce waste and inspire sustainable action all year round!
Interests: Marine mammals, insects, fungi, plants, photography, sustainability
Favourite creatures: Otter, goldcrest, common dolphin, small tortoiseshell butterfly