ISLE OF MULL

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VOTED SCOTLAND'S BEST NEWCOMER 2017

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SCOTLAND'S BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE 2018

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SCOTLAND'S BEST TOUR EXPERIENCE 2019

 

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"The Nature Scotland team are very knowledgeable, passionate and committed naturalists. I would highly recommend these nature tours to get the best experience of Mull and its wildlife."

Iolo Williams - Naturalist & BBC Springwatch Presenter

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"If you are keen to discover the wildlife of Mull then look no further than Nature Scotland. They are a team of dedicated Naturalists who love to share their extensive knowledge and passion
for the natural world."


Gordon Buchanan - Wildlife Filmmaker & Presenter

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ABOUT NATURE SCOTLAND...

  • We provide multi, national award-winning nature experiences, 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 tours and expedtions.

  • Nature Scotland performs data collection surveys on the biodiversity of Mull, including birds, reptiles, dragonflies, cetaceans and butterflies.

  • Ewan is the Mull Bird Recorder and the 'Regional Co-ordinator' for all BTO Surveys for Northern Argyll.

  • Nature Scotland have full commercial insurance 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

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Ewan Miles

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 and the Mull Bird Recorder.

Wildlife Media is another big passion of Ewan's and he has had multiple video sequences featured on BBC Springwatch and in 2021/22 he worked as a camera operator/wildlife consultant for the popular BBC series.

Iolo Williams

Naturalist

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’.

John Miles

Naturalist

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

magazine. 

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Rachel French

Naturalist

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.

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Theo de Clermont

Naturalist

Theo is a midlands based naturalist. He was introduced to the natural world at a young age and having gained an extended diploma in Countryside Management decided to pursue a career in conservation. He has spent 2 years working as a reserve warden in North Norfolk where his passion for the natural world grew to a new level.

 

He is also an amateur photographer and bird ringer but birdwatching is his main passion.

Theo also has lots of expertise in moth identification. Mull has much quintessential wildlife but also a plethora of stunning and rare moths and insects on the wing which may escape the untrained eye.

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Jack Waldie

Naturalist

Jack Waldie is a marine scientist and naturalist currently residing in Oban.

He spent his childhood running around the countryside south of Inverness forming a love of nature which has followed him into adulthood. Jack moved to the west coast to complete a degree in Marine Science, but he quickly fell in love with its coastline and islands.

Despite having travelled as far afield as Costa Rica to conduct animal surveys he knows the west coast of Scotland is truly unrivalled for wildlife experiences. He spent last summer spotting Basking Sharks around the Hebrides and has a particular passion for sea birds - his enthusiasm for which is easy to catch!

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Indy Kiemel Greene

Naturalist

Indy is a 16 year old Naturalist and Conservationist who lives a stones throw away from the fantastic Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire. He is currently studying for a diploma in Countryside Management in Notts.

Indy has guided on Nature Scotland package expeditions on Islay, the Cairngorms and Mull.

 

Creating a wilder future for us and our planet is incredibly important to him and so many others; he will continue to do his upmost to champion the natural world and push for positive and greener change in years to come.

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Gordon Buchanan

Naturalist

Gordon was raised on the Isle of Mull from a young age and is one of the most prominent BBC wildlife presenters and filmmakers known worldwide today.

After 30 years filming wild and wonderful creatures in remote areas of the planet, Gordon has a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments. He has taken part in challenging expeditions and adventures around the globe including South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska, always with a view to raising awareness of the fragility of the world’s endangered species and habitats.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

LESLEY R

"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!"

MRS SWINTON

"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."

SAM L

"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.
Highly recommended."