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Hello,  I'm Tracy McLachlan. Originally from Dorset, I have lived in Poolewe on the shores of Loch Ewe for some 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. I set up Wild Ewe as a social enterprise company, with the aim of inspiring people to love and protect the natural habitat, flora and fauna of the Loch Ewe area.

Wild Ewe is 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 social 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 that we take from running our safaris and events is used to pay the running costs of the company (insurance, statutory requirements, equipment, advertising etc) and we pay our guides a fair living wage. Any profit goes to furthering the aims and objectives of the social enterprise set out in our constitution, namely;
  • to promote the public understanding and appreciation of natural heritage by facilitating nature safaris and outdoor learning opportunities
  • to support the advancement of the public by providing opportunities to engage in the study, practice and teaching of nature and the outdoor environment and community learning
  • to advance mental health through the delivery of nature connection activities
  • to advance environmental protection and improvement through conservation activities and projects
  • to advance such similar purposes, promote, establish, operate and/or support others in and develop any other projects, initiatives or activities for the benefit of the community as the directors may consider appropriate
Some of our profits are used to provide free safaris, for example, we do not charge for children under 16 (as long as they are accompanied by an adult for insurance purposes), as we believe it is crucial that young people gain a love and understanding of nature in order to protect it for future generations. We also buy nuts and seeds for bird and squirrel feeders, and other profits are donated to local nature conservation projects.