Buteo Wildlife is made up of a team of three naturalists who have nearly 100 years experience between them.
Buteo Wildlife caters for all levels of ability from absolute beginner to the most experienced. All our tours are conducted at a comfortable pace and have a low client to leader ratio to ensure that we enhance your wildlife experience.
Although our leaders' main interest is in birds and the majority of our tours will focus on them we have considerable knowledge of other wildlife groups. On our tours all wildlife of interest will be pointed out to give you the best experience possible.
Meet the team
After starting to take an interest in wildlife at an early age, Roy Woodward completed an Environmental Biology degree, graduating with honours.
He has now been birdwatching for over 30 years but other wildlife continues to provide a diversion, in particular dragonflies - which have been a serious interest since 1999.
At the present time Roy is both the Essex sector bird recorder for the London Natural History Society, and the Hertfordshire County Recorder for dragonflies. He also writes sections for the London and Essex bird reports, and as a keen photographer has had bird and dragonfly photographs published in a number of wildlife magazines and journals, as well as in county bird reports.
In addition to visiting most of Britain with the intention of viewing wildlife, Roy has also travelled extensively within Europe and has visited parts of Africa with the same intention.
David Hutley has been a keen birdwatcher since his youth and has amassed over 30 years experience. Although UK wildlife is closest to his heart David has also made trips to watch wildlife in both Europe and Africa.
He has for many years and still continues to undertake regular survey work, be it wildfowl counts to add to the WeBS database, winter and summer BTO atlas counts or dragonfly surveys.
An experienced walk leader David has lead walks for various organisations over the years including the Lee Valley Regional Park, ELBF and RSPB. David is still a sub-editor for the Essex Bird Report and co-runs the East London Birders Forum.
In recent years David has taken up wildlife photography and continues to develop a passion in this field.
Being a current local patch birder, David has had the pleasure of finding both scarce and rare birds in London such as Cattle Egret.
Mike Dent grew up on the Isle of Wight which is where his interest in natural history began. He did not begin serious birdwatching until he was 16 but since then it has been an extremely important part of his life.
In 1997 Mike founded the East London Birders Forum to create an opportunity for local birders to meet and exchange information. The Forum has developed over the years to become one of the main information hubs in the area. Mike put together a proposal for a local bird fair which he presented to Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and was closely involved in the planning and delivery of the Lee Valley Birdwatching Fairs between 2002 and 2007.
He served as Chair of the Recording Committee and member of the Executive Committee of Essex Birdwatching Society for four years.
Although his main passion is birds, Mike is also knowledgeable on most other forms of wildlife. He has led guided walks for Lee Valley Regional Park, RSPB, ELBF and other organisations over several years.