John Picton

John was born & bred in the Chilterns, and inherited his love of wildlife from his parents, meaning he has been a birder and naturalist since the age of eight.

Family holidays were always based around birding & walking which is how he first came to the Highlands in the early 1980's, fell in love with the place and came back annually until moving here in 2011.

After studying for a Diploma in Ornithology then a BSc (Hons) Degree in Wildlife Ecology, Conservation & Managment, he went on to work with the Forestry Commission as a ranger in the Forest of Dean then as a warden for the RSPB on the Nene Washes Reserve in the Cambridgeshire fens, and was involved with the Corncrake reintroduction there. 

He became a full time guide after moving to Strathspey nearly 10 years ago. John is a good all-round naturalist but specialises in birds and mammals, with a particular love of raptors and Pine Martens. 

When not guiding he will still be found in the forests of Strathspey walking his wolf-dog and tracking the local wildlife. He also enjoys relaxing with some good rock music, a good film, book or series and watching his beloved Man Utd in action. 

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  • The 'Outer Limits' Adventure

    The 'Outer Limits' Adventure

    • 21 Sep - 28 Sep 2019
      Special Offer

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A real adventure! Birding the Highlands in peak migration time including a two night stay on the Outer Hebrides!

  • Outer Hebrides in Autumn for birders

    £1545 pp, £95 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Rarity hunting in the Outer Hebrides, birding South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis!

  • Highlands and Skye in Autumn

    Highlands and Skye in Autumn

    • 12 Oct - 19 Oct 2019
      Special Offer

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A superb celebration of Autumn across the Highlands, featuring two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye!

  • Birders Blast!

    Birders Blast!

    • 06 Nov - 10 Nov 2019
      Special Offer

    £745 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    Fast paced and fun winter birding short breaks in the Scottish Highlands

  • Forest of Dean and Somerset Levels

    £1795 pp, £185 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Excellent winter birding, including some difficult and highly sought-after UK species.

  • Forest of Dean and Somerset Levels

    £1795 pp, £185 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Excellent winter birding, including some difficult and highly sought-after UK species.

  • Highlands and Skye - April/May

    Highlands and Skye - April/May

    • 18 Apr - 25 Apr 2020
      Special Offer

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A superb week of spring birding across the Highlands including two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye

  • Birding the Highlands in May

    Birding the Highlands in May

    • 02 May - 09 May 2020

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A fantastic week of birding across the Highlands, from the Cairngorm mountains to both coasts

  • Outer Hebrides in Spring

    Outer Hebrides in Spring

    • 09 May - 15 May 2020

    £1595 pp, £60 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Superb spring birding on the southern Outer Hebrides: North and South Uist, Benbecula and Berneray.

  • Highlands and Corncrake

    Highlands and Corncrake

    • 23 May - 30 May 2020

    £1495 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    The best of the Highlands and Outer Hebrides in Spring

  • Highlands & Orkney

    Highlands & Orkney

    • 06 Jun - 13 Jun 2020

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    Brilliant summer birding across the Highlands, with an action packed TWO nights away in Orkney!

  • The 'Outer Limits' in Summer - June

    The 'Outer Limits' in Summer - June

    • 20 Jun - 27 Jun 2020
      Special Offer

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A week of birding across Scotland, with TWO nights away in the Outer Hebrides

  • Eagles, Divers & Dotterel including Mull

    Eagles, Divers & Dotterel including Mull

    • 04 Jul - 11 Jul 2020
      Special Offer

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    Britain's best birding in summer, from the Cairngorm plateau to the Isle of Mull

  • Highlands and the Outer Hebrides

    Highlands and the Outer Hebrides

    • 08 Aug - 15 Aug 2020

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A week long summer holiday to the Highlands and the Southern Outer Hebrides

  • Short Breaks - Scottish Birding in Early Autumn

    £725 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    Three days of exciting birding across the Highlands, featuring pelagic birds and sea mammals!

  • The 'Outer Limits' Adventure

    The 'Outer Limits' Adventure

    • 19 Sep - 26 Sep 2020

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A real adventure! Birding the Highlands in peak migration time including a two night stay on the Outer Hebrides!

  • Highlands and Skye in Autumn

    Highlands and Skye in Autumn

    • 03 Oct - 10 Oct 2020

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A superb celebration of Autumn across the Highlands, featuring two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye!

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