Laura Taylor, BSc (Hons) - Principal Ecologist

Laura studied ecology at Aberdeen University and has since worked on a partnership projects including the Aberdeenshire & Cairngorms water vole conservation projects with Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Natural Heritage, and Aberdeen University.  More recently she worked on the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's Angus Glens Moorland Health Project.  Laura's experience makes her ideal for providing advice on grouse moor management, deer management, and delivering a wide range of ecological surveys.












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Andrew Whitelee, BSc (Hons) - Senior Ecologist

Prior to joining Taylor Wildlife in 2015, Andrew worked as a professional wildlife tour guide and delivered training courses on wildlife identification and surveying techniques. Andrew has also worked as a lecturer on Conservation and Ecology courses at Nottingham Trent University and is a trustee of Wader Quest, an international wader conservation charity. Andrew's identification skills, teaching, and guiding experience means he is able to lead training courses and wildlife watching trips in addition to managing teams of ecologists carrying out survey work throughout Scotland.

Laura Duggan, BSc (Hons), MSc - Ecologist

Laura graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with an honours degree in Animal Behaviour in 2010.  After spending 5 years conducting marine ecology surveys for the oil, gas and renewables industry she returned to Edinburgh Napier University and gained an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation.  Laura has over 6 years experience surveying a wide range of British mammals, birds, insects, and vegetation.

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David Ward, BSc - Field Assistant

David has a BSc countryside management from Aberystwyth University and has worked with Taylor Wildlife through the Summer of 2016 undertaking Brown and Shepherd bird surveys, Habitat impact assessments and Butterfly surveys. He has a further 3 years of experience carrying out upland research working with the Moors for the Future Partnership undertaking vegetation, hydrology and peat depth surveys, plus a year of ecology experience with Penny Anderson Associates Ltd working on Bat and Great Crested newt surveys.

Janine Jaffrey, BSc(Hons) – Field Assistant

Janine graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Animal Biology from the University of Stirling in 2015. Whilst studying she carried out conservation field work in Madagascar, where she was assessing the impact of habitat fragmentation on forest birds; and Amazonian Peru, where she took part in pink river dolphin monitoring, riparian bird ringing, and primate transects. Following graduation Janine volunteered as an Assistant Ranger-Ecologist with the Nation Trust for Scotland at Ben Lawers NNR, gaining experience in ecological monitoring of upland birds and habitat surveying. Over the winter period of 2016-2017 Janine worked as a Ranger covering 8 different properties in NE Scotland, and was primarily involved in camera trapping, estate maintenance, and environmental education.

Aliya Hashmi, HND - Field Assistant


Aliya has an HND in Countryside Management, 12 years of experience in birdwatching, and experience of carrying out ecological survey work.  She contributes to scientific databases such as BTO Birdtrack, The Mammal Society, and Froglife.  Aliya has attended a variety of training courses in biological monitoring, including badgers, invertebrates, amphibians, red squirrels, and birds.

Joeseph Birkett, Diploma - Grouse and Moorland Health Assistant

Joeseph has acquired a Level 3, 90 credit Diploma in Countyside Management from Newton Rigg College. He has come from a background in the shooting industry, and has experience in upland estate management and gamebird disease control.

Sara-Jane Vanstone, Extended Diploma - Field Assistant

Sara-Jane graduated from Bicton College in 2016 with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management. With a background in practical habitat management, she has a comprehensive understanding and practical capability in land conservation management. Sara-Jane also experience of undertaking a spectrum of wildlife surveys, including: island seabird monitoring with the Lundy Island Conservation Team, lowland heathland bird and butterfly surveys for the Pebblebed Heath Conservation Trust, and lowland breeding bird and winter wetland bird surveys for the Wildlife Trust, RSPB, and BTO. She has also been involved with the River Otter Eurasian Beaver Reintroduction Trial in East Devon, and has worked as a Hedgerow Condition Surveyor, conducting newly revised Hedgerow Condition Surveys across 200ha of organic farmland for Clinton Devon Estates.