Don Otter has had a lifelong interest in Natural History especially birds and this has led him to observe birds and wildlife all over Britain and many parts of the world. He has been employed in the past as a Zookeeper in various zoos in the UK. He was then a Countryside Ranger with the National Trust for more than 25 years, initially at a landscaped park in Cheshire and more recently on a large area of countryside in the Chiltern Hills where he led a small team of rangers who were responsible for habitat management, estate maintenance, public access work and interpretation.
In that role he was responsible for delivering many guided walks and talks. He has also led a bird and wildlife viewing tour in Western Canada. He has a Diploma of Higher Education in Conservation Studies and Outdoor Education and also a City and Guilds Certificate in Animal Management. Don has lived in Westray since 2011.
Sandra Otter has had a long-held interest in Natural History including wildlife photography and has travelled extensively in Great Britain and other countries of the world. Sandra co-led the tour with her husband Don to Western Canada. Sandra has also been a zoo keeper. She worked for the National Trust in various roles including Basecamp Warden, Housekeeping Assistant, Environmental Education Officer and Volunteer Ranger. She ran her own gardening business in Hertfordshire, worked in dog training and qualified as a Dog Agility Instructor in 2006. She has worked extensively in the care industry with an SVQ2 in Health and Social Care. Sandra has lived in Westray since 2011.