About Us

NaturalistBlonde began as a time wasting venture by Natalie during her studies on the Isle of Cumbrae, aimed at justifying the time out in the wild. Over the past five years, NaturalistBlonde has transformed from an excuse to get out and explore her new home, to a means of educating and engaging people with their surroundings. Over this time we have explored many of the most picturesque and diverse habitats Scotland has to offer, from the wild Western Isles to the cool Caledonian pine forests.

Today NaturalistBlonde represents a small, able team based in Perthshire and Ayrshire. Driven by a collective love of wildlife we have developed a range of year round trips which we believe showcase Scottish wildlife at its finest.

You can email the team here


NATALIE WELDEN
 is a marine biologist and keen birder. Originally from Nottinghamshire, she moved to Scotland in 2011 and set about exploring, photographing and blogging much of the marine and terrestrial wildlife she came across during her travels. Through the blog NaturalistBlonde she documents the more exciting of her interactions with nature, as well as regular updates on her stomping grounds at both Kindrogan in Perthshire and Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.

When she is not ricocheting around the UK with bins and camera, Natalie finds gainful employment as research associate with the Stockholm Environment Institute. Previously she worked for the University Marine Biological Station Millport, then The Field Studies Council, teaching biology and geography to all ages at their Scottish Sites. She is also an active volunteer for the RYA, Scout Association and Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre. 

As well as holding a PhD in Marine Biology, Natalie is British Mountaineering Council trained, holds her RYA Powerboat Level 2 ticket, and is a qualified snorkel and canoe instructor. 


email Natalie at natalie@naturalistblonde.co.uk

THOMAS CHRISTIAN (left) is an avid birder and popular stand-up comedian. Growing up in the West Midlands he regularly surprised more seasoned birders by being the one to drag his father on numerous twitches to innumerable reserves. 

Tom began visiting the highlands and islands with Natalie in 2012 and has developed an extensive knowledge of the key sites. As the most southerly of the "Blonde Birders", Tom can most frequently be found haunting roaming the midlands with bins and scope.

With years of experience under his belt, Tom's ID skills are second to none.