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Ida Bailey

I grew up in rural Aberdeenshire helping my parents turn our small holding into a wildlife sanctuary with a number of ponds, woodland and meadows. My fascination with wildlife led to a degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Durham followed by a PhD in behavioural ecology at the University of Edinburgh and over 3 years post doctoral research in the UK and abroad.

I am increasingly interested in combining the art of habitat creation and restoration with traditional gardening practices. I have set up Wild Advice Scotland in the hope that I will be able to bring you at least as much joy from the wildlife your garden as I enjoy in mine.


June 2015: Certificate in Field Botany (Distinction). The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, UK

May 2015: Level 2 powerboat handling in coastal waters. The Royal Yachting Association

Dec 2013: Prince 2 practitioner, project management

June 2010: PhD, Factors influencing the foraging decisions of rufous hummingbirds. The University of Edinburgh, UK

June 2005: B.Sc. (Hons), 2/1, Geography with Biology. The University of Durham, UK


June 2013: SULSA Leaders award– £15,567.88

This funding was awarded based on the candidates leadership qualities to support their personal development through training, work placements and grant writing time.