Wild things! Field Staff
The Wild things! Field Team
Jennie founded Wild things! in 2003. She has over 22 years experience of developing, coordinating and delivering inspiring and creative environmental education activities and conservation holidays for people of all ages and backgrounds. Her extensive knowledge of outdoor education, wilderness living skills and ecology has enabled her to devise the wide range of activities offered by Wild things! Her particular area of interest is in Ethnobotany and plant ecology. As well as overseeing the strategic direction of the charity, Jennie spends her time developing and delivering a variety of programmes at Wild things! including our accredited training courses to adults.
Jennie holds an MSc in Ethnobotany, is a qualified Forest School Leader, a Bushcraft Practitioner, has a qualification in Biological Recording from Birmingham University and a certificate in Medical Herbalism from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine.
Holly Santos Willmot – Field Work Manager
Holly joined the Wild things! team in 2010. His time is split between working on the logistics of our children’s and teenagers’ programmes, coordinating the Wild things! freelance instructors, and delivering our programmes in the field. Holly has a BA in Outdoor & Community Education and has spent 20 years working in various international locations with a wide range of clients delivering various outdoor education, environmental and adventure based activities.
James Symonds – Fieldworker
James joined the Wild things! team in 2015 as a Field Work Apprentice. James has joined Wild things! with a degree in Environmental Science and extensive experience working with conservation volunteers across the central belt. As Fieldworker, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, James will be working with Laura in the development and delivery of our new Blue Gym programme and assisting our fieldwork leaders on other activities such as the NCFE and John Muir awards.
Freelance Activity Leaders:
Ruaraidh has worked with Wild things! delivering Forest School, Coastal Classroom and bushcraft courses since 2006. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Conservation and Wildlife Biology. When not working for Wild things Ruaraidh is also a practitioner of circus and trapeze skills!
Laura worked for Wild things! as Field Work Project Coordinator on our Blue Gym project focussing on dealing with Invasive Non Native plants in Moray. She has now left Wild things! to study to become a Primary school teacher but is going to continue working with Wild things! as a freelance instructor. Laura also holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and has previously worked as a countryside ranger in Spey Bay, where she gained experience in dealing with invasive species and delivering environmental education.
Dee has been a Freelancer at Wild things! for 4 years. She has a background in education and care work and is a Forest School Level 3 practitioner. Dee helps lead the Forest School, Coastal Classroom & holiday programmes for Wild things.
Jack is a keen outdoors enthusiast with a passion for bushcraft, wild food foraging and natural history. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 2001 with an honours degree in Plant and Soil Science. With a Secondary Geography teaching Qualification and many years teaching experience, Jack has combined teaching experience with his interest in bushcraft and natural history to become a freelance leader with Wild Things. He has also gained his level 3 Advanced Bushcraft award from the John Ryder Woodcraft School in West Sussex.
Vera has been a freelancer at Wild things! for 2 years. Vera started off volunteering for Wild things! to gain experience in bushcraft and is now accredited with our Coastal Activity Leader Training. Vera leads our Forest School, Coastal Classroom & holiday programmes.
Kerry has a background in the creative arts and is incredibly passionate about outdoor learning. Kerry has previously worked with us on our Young Start volunteering project and has assisted with our Forest School, Coastal Classroom & holiday programmes.
Willow has worked professionally in Bushcraft Instruction for the past 7 years and has worked for some of the UK’s leading bushcraft companies. She initially apprenticed with Ray Mears, learning wilderness skills under his instructors. Her knowledge of Bushcraft has extended into ancient and prehistoric crafts, which have become her speciality. Willow has a background in environmental education, having previously worked for the National Trust as a Countryside Ranger and at Butser Ancient Farm, a reconstructed Iron Age village. She is a qualified Forest School Leader and also works on many of our Holiday Programmes.