…to the Glengorm Wildlife Project, Isle of Mull
Whether you’re into eagles, invertebrates, otters or orchids… strap yourselves in for an exhilarating journey to Scotland’s Wild-West!
The Glengorm Wildlife Project: How did it happen?
In 2013, the project was founded by the Nelson Family and previous wildlife ranger, Stephanie Cope. The Nelsons have a deep love of Glengorm, and work tirelessly to maintain a forward-looking and innovative approach to its management.
After first visiting Glengorm in June 2011, Stephanie was immediately struck by its wealth of Biodiversity. Glengorm is farmed in a traditional style, which is non-intensive and sympathetic to wildlife. During the next two years, a meeting of minds took place and the Wildlife Project began to grow as a concept and in early 2013, Stephanie became the first ever Glengorm Wildlife Ranger.
For the Nelsons, this was not only a chance to demonstrate Glengorm’s commitment to nature as a business, but also to help others enjoy the magic of this extraordinary landscape.
Glengorm Wildlife Project is an exciting opportunity to connect people with wild places. Special experiences and encounters truly inspire us to cherish our natural heritage; it is these moments that enrich our lives and guide our actions. Together we hope to create an exciting and dynamic hub, from which guests can engage with natural history through both practical and creative means.
What do we do?
Here’s just a taster of what we offer at Glengorm…
Guided Nature Walks
Kid’s Adventure Backpack Hire
Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation
Meet our Ranger
Kerry Froud’s love for wildlife began during her BA (HONS) degree in Adventure Education where, when volunteering as a sea kayak guide in Tonga, she saw her first humpback whale. This sparked her curiosity and led her on an incredibly journey, to land where she is now as Glengorm Ranger.
Kerry has pursued a career in wildlife conservation, spending many years in the field of marine mammal science. Her journey first took her to the Isle of Man where she spent a summer researching basking sharks, before moving to Cardigan Bay in Wales to study the resident bottlenose dolphins.
Travelling to New Zealand in 2011, she assisted PhD students with their research including tracking sperm whales acoustically in Kaikoura New Zealand, and monitoring the effects of tourism on the New Zealand fur seal. She then hopped across to Australia to help with a study determining whether humpback whales navigate using sound on their Northern migration.
In the winter of 2011/2012 she spent over three months living on an island even more remote than Mull! On Southeast Farallon Island, California, with a team of just three others she had her first taste of ranger life. Whilst monitoring the breeding northern elephant seals, she also got a chance to survey for many other species including burrowing owls, hummingbirds, guillemots and grey whales.
If a small island 30 miles from the mainland wasn’t remote enough, in the spring of 2012 she joined Marine Conservation Research UK’s cetacean research vessel ‘Song of the Whale,’ on what was the most incredible experience of her life. Sailing from Spain, across the Atlantic to Boston, she encountered blue whales, logging sperm whales, swooping Cory’s shearwaters, dancing storm petrels, feeding humpback whales and even a whistling fin whale, to name a few.
It was then after completing a project in the wild and remote Faroe Islands, that she stumbled across the beautiful Isle of Mull.
Since being on Mull Kerry has worked as lead scientist onboard the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s research vessel Silurian, exploring every inch of the Hebrides incredible wildlife and she has recently spent a summer entertaining the masses at the Mull Aquarium, taking her new passion for all things seaweed forward to create seaweed foraging courses based on the Glengorm estate.
She looks forward to welcoming you this year to the Glengorm Estate and showing you her love for the Island and all it has to offer.