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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Scotland's People and Nature survey has shown that urban greenspaces are popular outdoor destinations with an estimated 2.4 million urban Scots making at least one visit to a local greenspace last year.

The survey, which was commissioned by SNH with support from the national parks and Scotland greenspace, also showed that nearly half of urban residents visit their local park on a weekly basis.  Adults in Scotland made an estimated total of 162.6 million visits to local parks and open spaces in 2013/14.  That makes parks and greenspaces the most popular outdoor destination, accounting for 41% of all visits to the outdoors.

You can read the full survey report here.