Gordon Riddle is a member of the SOC.
After completing one of the National Pilot Ranger/Naturalist courses in Scotland 1971-72 Gordon joined the National Trust for Scotland at Culzean Castle and Country Park working there till retiral in 2005. As Country Park Manager and Deputy Administrator at the Castle he was heavily involved in both the visitor management and conservation of the Trust’s most visited property. He had strong links with the USA National Park Service having trained there, and also won a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to the USA in 1981 to study Introducing Children and Youth to the Countryside. This greatly influenced the development of the environmental education system at Culzean.
Not long after arriving in Ayrshire he joined Dick Roxburgh’s group of raptor enthusiasts becoming one of the founder members of the South Strathclyde Raptor Study Group and has been Chairman since 1994. He has monitored Kestrels in Ayrshire and on the Dumfries and Galloway border since 1973, one of the longest data streams for this species in Britain. This has resulted in numerous papers in journals and three books, the Shire Book on the Kestrel, Seasons with the Kestrel and Kestrels for Company. In 2010 he received the Donald and Jeff Watson Raptor Award. Gordon represents the SOC on the SRMG.