Jeff Watson

Jeff Watson

Jeff Watson was raised in rural Galloway, southwest Scotland where his interest in birds was inspired by his father, bird artist and ornithologist, Donald Watson. He took a degree in zoology at Aberdeen University, graduating in 1974. He then spent 4 years in the Seychelles, initially doing research for a doctorate on the endemic Seychelles Kestrel, followed by work on the conservation of various endangered landbirds for WWF.On return from the Seychelles he worked for a short time with the Scottish Wildlife Trust before leading a research project on Golden Eagles and land use in the Scottish Highlands with the Nature Conservancy Council. His interest in raptors goes back over 25 years as well as Golden Eagles has included work on Merlins and Hen Harriers, mainly in his native Scotland. He is presently acting Regional Director for Scottish Natural Heritage in northwest Scotland. Although his job is now largely 'administrative' he has kept a close involvement with Golden Eagles as an active member of the Scottish Raptor Study Group in the Highlands. He lives on the Black Isle near Inverness with his wife Vanessa and son Ronan.

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