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
Tour Leader, Operations

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. Dan has a travelled the world with her love for birds, with a particular soft spot for birding in Portugal and Spain when not birding in Britain. Her career truly kicked off working for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in both their Llanelli and Slimbridge centres working as a Learning Assistant taking people on tours around the centre and its collection, teaching schools and as an Aviculturist breeding some of the rarest wildfowl in the world. Dan is qualified in Additional and Special Educational Needs teaching and has worked with a number of SEN Groups and Schools. She has since gained a name for herself as a ornithologist and often is a consultant on a number of TV shows when not working in front of the camera as a presenter for S4C. She has also published a book on birds with DK Publishing, on top of touring Britain giving talks and live shows.
Interests: Birds, Wildfowl, Coastal Wildlife
Favourite creatures: Red-breasted Goose, Oystercatcher, Manx Shearwater

Sam Viles
Tour Leader, Operations

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

James Rouse
SEN/AN Tour Assistant

Born in Swansea, James is highly experienced in working and operating the day to day life of a business currently working in a Solicitors office. Despite not being experienced in ornithology, he brings a vast amount of enthusiasm, knowledge and compassion especially working on SEN and AN tours. He has worked with SEN and AN previously as a martial arts assistant instructor and has a passion for making everyone included and enjoying their time. James has visited and seen a huge amount of wildlife all over South Wales and has a particular interest in Birds of Prey including Red Kites, Eagles and Buzzards aswell as reptiles such as Adders and Lizards.
Interests: Birds of Prey, Reptiles
Favourite creatures: Red Kite, Golden Eagle, Adders