"Ewan and the
team are very knowledgeable, passionate and committed naturalist. I would highly recommend his nature expeditions to get the best experience of Mull and its wildlife."
Iolo Williams - Naturalist & BBC Springwatch Presenter
ABOUT NATURE SCOTLAND...
We provide multi, national award-winning nature expeditions, based on the Isle of Mull.
Nature Scotland excursions are led by dedicated naturalists, conservationists and educators.
We are passionate about running informative and inspirational wildlife experiences.
Nature Scotland performs data collection surveys on the biodiversity of Mull, including birds, reptiles, dragonflies, cetaceans and butterflies.
Ewan is the 'Regional Co-ordinator' for all BTO Surveys for Northern Argyll.
Ewan is a raptor field worker and will be conducting Golden Eagle surveys during 2020.
Nature Scotland have full commercial insurance, regional licensing and public liability cover.
Nature Scotland is on a 'Zero Waste' journey and is working to heavily reduce any use of plastics within the business.
Meet The Team
Owner & Naturalist
Although most of his family hailed from north of the border in Aberdeenshire, Ewan was brought up in 'Hadrian's Wall country’, north east Cumbria. He was fortunate to be raised in the wild uplands of the north Pennines, on the second largest RSPB nature reserve where his father, John, was the conservation warden on the 12,000 acre site.
Ewan created Nature Scotland in 2016 as he was passionate about the potential of providing nature-based experiences that are a more powerful education, research and conservation tool.
Ewan has recently completed a BSc in Environmental Science and is the BTO Regional Rep for North Argyll. He also guides for the rewilding charity, Scotland : The Big Picture.
Photography is another big passion of Ewan's and his media work has featured on BBC Springwatch along with published images in BBC Wildlife/Countryfile magazines.
Iolo Williams is a Welsh naturalist, broadcaster, public speaker and writer who has worked in conservation for more than 30 years.
Born and bred in mid-Wales, he worked for the RSPB for nearly 15 years before leaving to follow a career in the media.
He has presented more than 20 series for BBC Wales and S4C and, for the past 6 years, has been one of the regular team of presenters on the BBC’s popular “Springwatch’, ‘Autumnwatch’ and ‘Winterwatch’ programmes.
He has written several books in both English and Welsh and is a regular contributor to several magazines including ‘BBC Wildlife’.
Rachel grew up in Northumberland where her parents run a large Falconry Centre. Following a childhood immersed in the countryside and wildlife she studied and received a BSc First Class Honours Degree in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Cumbria.
Completing her degree dissertation on White-tailed eagles (an iconic Mull species), led her to move to the island and embark on a career in eco-tourism. Later, having worked with Mull Eagle Watch and the Mull and Iona Ranger Service, Rachel furthered her education by studying for the PGDE Primary Teaching course.
This enables her to bring her love of wildlife and education together, supporting Nature Scotland’s emphasis on inspiring younger generations.
John is an environmentalist, conservationist, author and wildlife guide.
His career began working in forestry before fourteen years working with the RSPB, which included wardening positions at Loch of Kinnordy, Leighton Moss and Geltsdale.
He has led Birdwatching tours all around the world, in locations including North America, Iceland and Egypt.
One of his recent projects is writing natural history literature with titles including 'Pharaohs Birds', 'Hadrian's Wildlife' and 'The Solway'. He has also had six children's books published from his new 'Chick Books' series. View his website here - www.chickbooks.co.uk
John also currently writes articles for the national 'Birdwatching' magazine along with book reviews, which are also published in the BBC Wildlife and BBC Countryfile magazines.
Conor Ryan is a zoologist from Cobh in Ireland. After completing a PhD on baleen whales in Ireland and West Africa, he moved to the UK to work on a research vessel using acoustics to study whales.
Since moving to the Isle of Mull seven years ago, Conor has spent countless hours exploring the hills, coasts and forests of Mull by foot and by sea kayak. Much like an arctic tern, Conor winters in Antarctica and summers in the Arctic, where he works as a naturalist for Lindblad/National Geographic.
But Mull is still his favourite place on earth. Although a marine mammal scientist by trade, he is a keen birder and is particularly fond of foraging for mushrooms and seaweeds. His happy place is out in the wilderness, naturalising with those who share his passion for nature.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"I have been going to the lovely Isle of Mull for over 10 years. This year I did 2 evening tours and a day trip to Ardnamurchan with a new tour company called Nature Scotland. Ewan is very friendly & extremely knowledgeable & passionate about the local wildlife. I was fortunate to see white tailed eagles, otters, buzzards, seals, red and fallow deer, herons, hen harriers, Barn and Tawny owls and many other species of birds.His knowledge on the history of Mull and Ardnamurchan & the geology of both was informative and fascinating. I'd say it's a must for anyone visiting the island. Highly recommended. See you next year Ewan!"
"As soon as we met Ewan, he remembered us from a previous trip on a whale watching boat that he used to volunteer on which shows he is a 'person person'. What a great young enthusiastic lad, he was knowledgeable and friendly and really made the day fun and interesting. I would recommend going out with him even if you are a keen wildlife watcher and think you know everything. Everyone on our trip was lovely and willing to share their own experiences and knowledge which all added to the day."
"We went on the evening tour with Ewan last week and had a fantastic trip. Ewan is an exceptional guide and not only did we enjoy impressive wildlife spots such as an otter, a male hen harrier, white tail eagles, a tawny owl, deer, seals and more but we also enjoyed a fascinating exploration of the habitats that sustain this stunning wildlife.
If you are new to Mull you could not chose a better introduction to its wildlife and if, like me, you have been to Mull before Ewan will open your eyes to things you have not previously noticed.