Wild Fife Babies and Bairns (WFBB) was a group set up initially during lockdown, by Mum Kiri Stone, for new parents to enjoy the outdoors and nature with their babies. Mum of two Hollie Sutherland joined Kiri in January 2021 to help run the parent and toddler groups. Both Kiri and Hollie volunteered their time to run bi-monthly sessions for 3 age groups – Acorns (3-18 months), Fox Cubs (18-36 months) and Squirrels (confident walkers – 4 year olds). We became a business partnership in June 2021. Sadly, Kiri has had to step away from the business now. Hollie will be forever grateful to her and will always be there for her, Tove and Yana!
As of January 2022, WFBB have a new base at Silverburn Park in Leven. Please see our Newsletter for more information. Hollie now runs 5 sessions a week across the 3 different age groups, both at Silverburn Park and at different locations across Fife. The Squirrels group now incorporates Home Educated children up to 11 years old.
“Hi, I’m Hollie, a Mum to two beautiful little girls, aged 2 and 4 years old. My training is in environmental science and conservation.
For over 10 years I have been involved in outreach and education initiatives that have sought to increase public engagement, both adults and children, in important environmental issues. I have worked in South Africa helping to run a game reserve research camp. In Scotland I have worked on Red Squirrels and American Mink. I then moved to America and worked as a Communications Specialist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and most recently I completed a research Masters degree in public participation in biodiversity monitoring. During my masters I was lucky enough to work with Black Bears, and help study Moose, use drones for wildlife monitoring and I was a teaching assistant, helping teach two general education courses (‘Sustainable Living: Solutions for the 21st Century’ and ‘Environment and Society’). We were in America for the last 7 years and we moved back to Scotland for my husband’s job at the University of St Andrews.
I have a strong belief that a connection to the environment is better made when interacting with nature than in a classroom setting. You are more likely to want to protect the environment if you immerse yourself in it, from a young age, and appreciate all it has to offer. I spend a lot of time with my children outside – playing, doing art and crafts, hiking, eating and learning about nature.
I hope to bring my experience and passion for nature to Wild Fife Babies and Bairns. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to spend time with local parents and their beautiful children. It has been a challenging few years for so many and this has provided a bright light of hope.”