About Verdant Wildlife

At Verdant Wildlife we have enabled hundreds of people to get outside, fill their lungs with fresh air and enjoy the countryside in every season and every weather. We want to get you closer to nature so we like to keep our group sizes small (typically a maximum of six participant unless otherwise stated) which gives us the chance to get to know you and to make sure you get the best possible opportunity to see the wonderful wildlife that we encounter on a daily basis. The combination of small groups, friendly staff and a relaxed and enjoyable environment make days out with us ideal for beginners and improvers alike or a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or anniversary.

Your safety, comfort and enjoyment are paramount to us, which is why all our guides are first aid trained and have many years of experience leading individuals and groups on a variety of terrains in both the UK and Europe. We follow the birdwatcher’s code at all times and would never disturb or jeopardise wildlife for the sake of a better view or photograph, so you can rest assured that our tours will not be harming the wildlife we are watching. We want you to enjoy your tour and will aim to accommodate any reasonable requests and wish lists where possible. If you have a target species, please contact us so we can advise on the best time to book a tour to maximise your chances of seeing your desired species. Above all we want you to experience and enjoy fantastic wildlife in a relaxing, hassle-free manner.

About Andrew

Verdant Wildlife founder Andrew Whitelee grew up in rural Nottinghamshire and from an early age could be found out exploring the countryside around the River Trent and Sherwood Forest, or up on the North Yorkshire Moors during family summer holidays. It was during these forays that he first discovered his keen interest in wildlife and soon became fascinated with birds, bird watching and natural history.

Following a successful career in computer programming and consultancy, Andrew returned to his passion, went back to university and studied for a degree in Environmental Conservation. During his studies Andrew worked as a conservation ranger at Center Parcs, a volunteer ranger at Rufford Country Park and tried his hand at many wildlife surveying techniques including bird ringing.

After graduating with a First Class degree in 2007, Andrew was keen to enhance his love of conservation and spent four years working at the university assisting with field work, conducting avian research and surveys, lecturing and leading field trips, both in the UK and Europe. During this time he developed the idea of sharing the wonders of wildlife with the public at large and so set about creating Verdant Wildlife.



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