Meet The Team

John Woods


John founded the Bird Watching & Wildlife Club in 2008.  As someone who was interested in wildlife but not an expert he felt there were millions of people like him that weren’t being catered for.  There are Golf Hotels, Fishing Hotels, Shooting Hotels, Scuba Diving Hotels, so why not Wildlife Hotels?

A Solicitor by profession John was the founder of Moneyfacts Group plc - the UK’s leading provider of interest rate data.  He is well known as a National Speaker on financial issues. 

John was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of East Anglia in 2005.

Sue Williams

Programme Organiser

Sue has had a lifelong love of the natural world.  She has spent her working life in administration and is loving the opportunity now to do the job she was trained to do in conjunction with her love of wildlife.  Sue puts together the programme of events, the daily chirp, the newsletter, organises the speakers, keeps the website as up to date as possible and sends regular updates and news information to our facebook and twitter pages.

John Poyner

Wildlife Guide

John works as a professional Wildlife Tour Guide and freelance Field Ornithologist. He has spent the past twelve years guiding tours for two of Scotland's leading Wildlife Holiday companies based here in Strathspey.... throughout the Highlands and Islands as well as abroad, while undertaking ornithological survey work between this and during winter months, mainly at upland Windfarm sites. John is our wildlife expert and guide, doing briefings, walks and field trips for us two days a week and special events.  He also runs his own guiding company, Highland Nature, which is one of our recommended tour guides for hire. 

GRANT ARMS WILDLIFE BOOK FESTIVAL Thur 29th March - Mon 2nd April 2018

4 nights DB&B from just £479pp includes entry to all the authors talks. Planet Earth 2 Film Showing, book signings after each talk.  Walks and Field trips each day with our local wildlife guides.

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