Wild Things Field Staff

The Wild Things Field Team

Eleanor Foster – Fieldwork Manager

Eleanor has experience across a broad range of environments and roles ranging from the Peruvian Amazon to the jungles of Thailand and to the deciduous forests of South England, she has practiced and grown her considerable knowledge and skills all over the world.

Eleanor also brings a strong academic record of achievement within the environmental sciences, holding an MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation, as well as a BSc in Geography.  She also has seven years experience in environmental education, plenty of hands-on fieldwork experience, excellent naturalist skills and a passion for the outdoors, sustainability and conservation.




Paul Kendall – Fieldwork Instructor

Paul has worked in nature conservation or environmental education with a national and several local charities since moving to North East Scotland in 1996.  He loves enthusing people about Nature both for their personal wellbeing and to help people understand and feel a part of Nature, so they can love and look after it.


With his two children having flown the nest he now has more time to indulge in longbow archery, seakayaking and walking the Highland hills and mountains.  Paul is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.




Jack Farge – Fieldwork Instructor

Jack has worked in a range of conservation and environmental education roles across the UK and abroad. He holds an MSc in Conservation Science and Policy and has a keen interest in natural history. Jack is passionate about engaging people with nature and takes great pleasure from facilitating people’s enjoyment of the natural world.

Jack loves outdoor pursuits, with a particular enthusiasm for hill walking, climbing, fishing and surfing

Holly Kirkwood – Trainee Fieldwork Instructor

Holly is passionate about conservation, rewilding and working with nature. She has experience teaching both archery in America and skateboarding in Glasgow, and has been beekeeping in Glenshee from a young age. She have taken part in various tree planting projects, and have a keen interest in medicinal and edible plants, specifically relating to traditional highland & celtic culture.

Holly hopes to become a qualified outdoor instructor while working with Wild Things, lead her own sessions, and also carry out conservation work.

In her spare time she likes to skate or paint, and is working to improve her surfing, snowboarding, and Gaelic language skills.




Freelance Activity Leaders:


Holly Santos Willmott

Holly worked and an employee for Wild Things for many years and now occasionally offers his services as one of our freelance team.  Holly is an accredited course trainer as well as being able to deliver a full range of our programmes. He loves being out in the wild and gets huge satisfaction for sharing and having fun in the outdoors with others.

Holly has a degree in Outdoor Education, is a Forest School Level 3 Practitioner and holds the NCFE Advanced Bushcraft Award.


Ruaraidh Milne

Ruaraidh Milne

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!


Deirdre Ryan-Glass

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.




Jennie Martin

Jennie has been working in the outdoor industry for over 25 years as an ethnobotanist, environmental educator and conservationist. She has worked with people from 5 to 95 and from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience and more recently has been working as an environmental education consultant and field worker for Wild things!. Jennie also has her own botanical ‘vlog’ called Floral Friday and looks forward to welcome new friends and old around to join her around the campfire or out on some other wild adventure soon!



Kristy Lee Harris

Kristy is at home in the elements (not so much the cold!), she is curious and full of awe for this amazing creation and all its beings (not always).  She likes to tend people, plants and passions. She could definitely go out camping more cause she loves it.  She also loves hillwalking, permaculture, chickens, making from natural materials, and values integrity, compassion and respect for all living things. She has Australian roots but has lived in Forres area since 2004.  She is passionate about localising food systems and creating fertile soil.  She is an environmental educator and has worked in this field for 10 years, originally volunteering at Wild Things.