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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Scottish Natural Heritage have published guidance on applying for funds as a ranger service - with the deadline for applying for 2013 funding being 14th September 2012.


There is an online proposal and application process, which apparently requires some detailed information, so last minute applications might be difficult to do! SNH no longer fund Local Authority Ranger Services, so don't get your hopes up if you work in the public sector... However, for Ranger Services that have grants up until March 2013, now is the time to reapply for funding.

Find out more on the SNH website: http://www.snh.gov.uk/funding/our-grants/what/ranger-services/