About Chris Wilde

Chris grew up on the Wirral Peninsula where, from the age of 8, he bird-watched in secret to avoid jibes from his classmates. Chris went straight into the Army from school where he served in the 1st Battalion the Kings Regiment for 5 ½ years. During postings to the Falklands,Northern Ireland and Germany, Chris found plenty of wildlife to maintain his childhood fascination and has tales to tell of encounters with penguins and albatross. Skills gained during his training as a sniper are surprisingly useful in watching wildlife and Chris has an uncanny knack for spotting even amazingly cryptic animals such as Tawny Owls.

Chris Wilde | Wilde EcologyA stint working for Royal Caribbean added to an already enviable world bird list. Back in the UK, Chris spent 3 ½ years working as an Owl Keeper and running a wildlife hospital and quarantine unit for the World Owl Trust at Muncaster Castle.

He studied towards degree in Animal Conservation Science at the Univeristy of Cumbria while working for Cumbria Wildlife Trust as a water vole surveyor before moving to Knapdale with Jenny. Chris was an active member of the Beaver Trial Team and has an in-depth knowledge of these animals and their habits. Chris is an excellent tour leader with an infectious enthusiasm for the great outdoors.

In their spare time, Jenny and Chris enjoy keeping their small flock of pedigree Shetland Sheep and hens, growing their own vegetables, training their sheepdogs Fox and Whisper, seeking out wildlife and exploring the Lakeland fells with their tent. When they have time to unwind, they are often found in Cumbrian pubs sampling the real ale.

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