Welcome

The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) is the professional membership association for Countryside Rangers and associated countryside professionals in Scotland

Formed in 1974, SCRA has an enviable reputation for supporting the development and enhancement of the Ranger profession in Scotland; organising networking events, training events and conferences, supporting the development of a national logo and brand for Scotland's Ranger Services and working with Government and Government agencies to promote the profession.

Rangers promote the enjoyment, understanding and care of Scotland's outdoors through;

  • The first hand provision of information, advice and activities
  • Interpretation
  • The management of sites and facilities
  • Seeking to secure responsible behaviour

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A fantastic job opportunity has arisen at Cairngorm for a Senior Range.  Salary range is £22k to £24k. We have set a closing date for applications of 2nd June and people should apply with their detailed CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is also an application form on the recruitment section of the Cairngorm Mountain website at the following link https://www.naturalretreats.com/senior-ranger

The Grampian outdoor education programme for 2017 is now available for download.  There are some fantastic training events to be hosted, many of which are linked to the SCRA CPD Programme.  The subject matter is wide ranging and includes outdoor education skills, traditional land based skills, habitat management, ecology and wildlife monitoring.  You can find the pdf here:  2017 Grampian Training Programme

You can now find contact details of North Ayrshire Junior Ranger Scheme, based at Eglinton Country Park on the Junior Ranger section of the site!

Oh, go on then.  We'll put them here for you too!

Eglinton Country park, Irvine KA12 8TA.

Contact Helen McDowall on 01294 551776 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sharing Good Practice event -  Taking Citizen Science Outdoors to support your Teaching and Learning

Battleby Conference centre, Perth, Thursday 16th March 2017

Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th October - Comrie Croft, Perthshire - ‘Working with the Health Agenda’

LANTRA are due to launch a Modern Apprenticeship in Rural Skills

Just how batty are you?  Fancy upping your bat skills and knowledge? If so don’t miss the Bat Conservation Trust‘s Spring into Action Day where 11 different bat related workshops are on offer.

ROLE DEFINITION

To assist the Senior Countryside Ranger in providing a full Countryside Ranger Service programme of information, interpretation and environmental education to local schools, communities and to the visiting public and assist in implementing programmes of work and to achieve targets within agreed strategies and objectives of the Country Parks Section, Education & Skills and the wider local authority within Eglinton Country Park and North Ayrshire.

- See more at: https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/north-ayrshire-council/jobs/seasonal-ranger-temporary-46034#sthash.er2yIzXh.dpuf

Following on from last year's success, SCRA Grampian Region are hosting a series of training events, many of which link in with the National SCRA CPD Programme.  Courses start on 15th April.

A full list of the events can be found here

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) are offering 3 Marine Mammal Rescue courses this year

SCRA Letter to Highland Council

SCRA have written a letter to Highland Council in protest at the proposed cuts to their own award winning Ranger Service.

 

Do You:

  • Have volunteers?
  • Need more volunteers?
  • Want apprentices or trainees?
  • Run conservation holidays?

Its December, its dull, grey and pouring down, and it’s a little bit miserable . Need something fun to look forward to in 2016?

Please consider including a batty activity  in your events programme next year.  International Bat night is  27-28th August and it’s a great time to join bat fans worldwide in a Chiropteran celebration!  Leading a bat walk is the perfect way to brighten up your night life and bring fun, joy and novel experiences to your audiences (When else is making rude raspberry impersonations perfectly legitimate?).

If you are planning a public walk/ talk or any batty activity please consider adding details to the Bat Conservation trust Events pages and the Eurobats site. (Thanks everyone who did this in 2015, the response was brilliant). You can order free posters from the Eurobats site and get stickers from Anne Youngman. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you’d like to lead a walk but don’t feel confident about it contact Anne Youngman, (Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) - Scottish Officer Bat Conservation Trust - to find out more about training and resources for Rangers / educators.

The Great Trossachs Forest has been designated as the UK's newest and largest National Nature Reserve.

SNH has published two pieces of guidance on dog walking. 

The City of Edinburgh Council Parks and Greenspace Service has carried out a Social Return on Investment (SROI) study to measure the impact of services provided through the city's parks.

A new grant scheme is being launched which will provide funding for community greenspaces.

The Atlas of Living Scotland, a new online biodiversity database built to educate, to inform and to promote Scotland’s remarkable natural world, has recently been launched

Forestry Commission Scotland have launched a new campaign to try and reduce the spread of disease in woodland.