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Meet the team

Roborough Fields crop with outline resiz

Our core team is made up of a talented group of enthusiastic individuals. Many of the methods that will be used on this project have been developed at Water Gems (Alba) Ltd, an award-winning landscape design and water features specialist based in central Scotland, with a highly skilled team of ecological landscape designers and water-feature technicians who specialise in pond, stream and cascade construction.  


Project details
Nick Benge
Nick Benge

Nick's boundless energy and enthusiasm are the driving force of this project, and numerous others. Nick has a degree in Biological Sciences specialising in Ecology and a Masters in Aquaculture. Nick lives in Edinburgh where he founded Water Gems (Alba) Ltd with his wife, Annie.

Annie Benge

Annie has been key in the smooth running of Water Gems for over 25 years, and is a great support to the Roborough team with her ideas and admin skills including being the 'Friends of the Fields' newsletter editor.

Andrew Mounstephen

Andrew has always been a fan of wild places, and is a firm believer that we need many more of them! Andrew has a very useful professional background in the dreaded Health & Safety field. 

Kevin McKie

Kevin is particularly interested in building and maintaining ponds.  He was instrumental in installing various bird boxes and the Swallow shelter.  You will also notice a bank that he built on our map!

Stephen MacDonald

Stephen is the Environmental Officer at Water Gems.  He helped with the initial landscaping work of our fields, and now has a pond he dug named after him.

Stuart Booth

Stuart has been a key member of the team.  He is great in a digger and has been a key driving force in the construction of the wet-field at Roborough.  He of course has a large pond he dug named after him.

Luis Adamson

Luis had spare time on her hands during lockdown, and put her newly acquired skills in web-design to the test and built the original Rewilding Roborough Fields website.


Yellow Rattle

Rhinanthus minor

Rachael Booth

Rachael has helped with administration tasks, and supported Stuart whilst he has been involved in the landscaping work on site.

Michael Roe

Michael has always had a keen interest in nature. He supports numerous conservation and rewilding bodies such as Trees for Life and Scotland: The Big Picture.

Paul Hopkinson

Paul has been monitoring the fields on a regular basis alongside Jo.   His fantastic photography skills have filled the website with a visual record of the wildlife that has moved in, and as an artist he has painted some of the residents too.

Jo Everitt

Jo has been monitoring the fields on a regular basis.  She takes some of the website  photos, and tries to identify and collate all the species seen.  Jo has recently started to update the website, and will soon be working on the social media accounts too.


Shetland sheep are a fine-boned species, with small feet that do less damage.  As a very hardy, versatile forager, they can be relatively self-sufficient, and are ideal for conservation grazing.


Tamworths are a hardy old breed, with long snouts ideal for disturbing the soil, weakening predominant grasses and creating bare spaces.  This allows for a much wider biodiversity to develop.  They are certainly habitat engineers.

Red Ruby Devons

An indigenous, relatively small, quiet breed, the Red Rubies are ideal conservation grazers.  Their introduction lightly poaches the ground, and opens up areas of overgrown vegetation, creating opportunities for new species to take hold.

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