ABOUT WILD EWE
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.
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. For anyone not aware of what social enterprises are, they 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 I take from running safaris is used to pay the running costs of the company (insurance, statutory requirements, equipment, advertising, wages etc) and then any profit goes to furthering the aims and objectives of the social enterprise set out in the 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