John McLoughlin

John McLoughlin
John is an experienced bird and wildlife tour leader. As well as the UK John has led tours as far afield as Mongolia and Tierra del Fuego. He is currently a principal leader with Bird Holidays Worldwide based in Yeadon, Leeds. You may also know him for his previous work with optics specialist In Focus. John managed their West Yorkshire store in Denby Dale for over ten years. Any queries regarding the best bincoculars or telescopes can be directed to him. He has also been the voice of Birdline North East the telephone information service for Birders. Born in Doncaster he was a keen boyhood naturalist and volunteered at his local reserve Potteric Carr YWT. Gaining a degree in Ecology at Leeds University he went on to work with the RSPB, English Nature, Scottish Natural Heritage as well as Birdlife International on a variety of ornithological contracts. These included studying Dippers in mid-Wales and finding Gurneys Pitta in Peninsular Thailand. A specialist in Upland Birds and their habitats John has been heavily involved in surveying Hen Harriers, Merlins and Black Grouse in Yorkshire and the North Pennines. He hopes to share this knowledge with the Yorkshire Coast Nature community over the coming years.