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Louise Hughes

Louise May Hughes grew up in Devon, in southwest England, where she spent much of her childhood exploring Exmoor and the surrounding countryside on foot. The rambling opened her eyes to the wonders of the natural world, but it was on a volunteer expedition to Namibia where she realized she wanted to take that a step further to work in some aspect of conservation.

Her path through university was winding. She started out studying furniture design before switching gears to embark on a zoological conservation degree in Cornwall. After graduation, Louise set out for Sal, in the Cape Verde islands, to work a project involving loggerhead turtle and ringing Kentish plover conservation. Then, while working for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, she gained a wide-reaching knowledge base that led to becoming staff naturalist at the Aigas Field Center. Merging her guiding and conservation expertise, Louise was also responsible for the Scottish wildcat breeding program during her time at the center.

Louise has guided throughout the Scottish Highlands and islands, in addition to leading travelers as a naturalist in Hungary and Yellowstone National Park. In her extensive travels, many of her favorite wildlife sightings have been of native wildlife in the Highlands, whether watching otters feast on a fish just feet away or black grouse lekking in the early morning mist. In her spare time, you’ll find Louise hiking, drawing and painting, keeping her creative side alight.

Praise from Nat Hab travelers: 

M. Kirkevold

"Louise was amazing in her knowledge of Scotland and her ability to provide information on the wildlife, habitats and history. She was so friendly and courteous throughout the expedition."

R. Lake
"Louise exudes enthusiasm, sincerity and a true commitment to what she does. Her patience and grace are impressive, as is her knowledge. She made all the difference on this trip."

D. Oberndorf

"Louise was the most knowledgeable guide I've ever had. She was extremely professional, warm, friendly and caring. She is one of your best!"

B. Wampler

"Louise was a great guide. She knew every side road and destination in detail and was more than willing to share her knowledge. She organized everything perfectly for us each day. She was both personable and funny and answered every question we had."

J. Mahoney

"Louise is a gem: her knowledge, wonderful attitude and never-ending patience made our trip! Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy her company."
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