ABOUT WILD EWE

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Hello,  I'm Tracy McLachlan. Originally from Dorset, I have lived in Poolewe on the shores of Loch Ewe for over twenty years. With a life-long passion for wildlife, wild places and conservation, I have spent most of my leisure time exploring the natural wonders of Scotland, and especially the Loch Ewe area where I am lucky enough to live. 

My career started as a computer programmer and progressed to project management. In 2000 I set up my own project management consultancy company, which enabled me to move to the Highlands of Scotland to work remotely while pursuing my real passion; wildlife and wild places. This was considered to be quite unusual and innovative at the time! I linked in to my customers via a modem; nothing like video conferencing or smartphones then. I find it quite amusing that 20 years later in the midst of a pandemic, a lot of other people went down the 'remote working' route and it's now nothing out of the ordinary!

I continued to work as a project management consultant until 2007, when I was offered the job of Estate Manager at a 6000 acre estate near my home in Poolewe. The estate owner was a keen conservationist, which fitted perfectly with my wildlife interests. I ran the estate until 2012 when the estate was sold and I was made redundant. At about the same, a local holiday accommodation business came up for sale and my husband and I bought it and ran it for 7 years. We decided to sell in 2019 so that I could finally set up my dream business focusing on wildlife. Although we neatly avoided running an accommodation business during a pandemic it did mean that just as I had planned to start my new venture the whole country was locked down! I was eventually able to start up in 2021.
 
I set up Wild Ewe as a social enterprise company. Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive change.  By law, the profits of a social enterprise must go to further the objects of that enterprise and cannot be paid to owners or shareholders as would be the case in a commercial company.

The money taken from our safaris is used to pay the running costs of the company (insurance, statutory requirements, equipment, advertising, wages etc) and then any profit goes to local nature conservation projects.

In our first year of operation, 2021, we donated our profits to the Woodland Trust towards the conservation and management of the native woodlands at Ben Shieldaig, south of us on the shores of Loch Torridon.

If none of our safaris are running on a day and time to suit you, there are lots of other wildlife and nature experiences in the Loch Ewe area and I have detailed these on the links page of the website.

Happy nature watching!
Tracy