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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SNH has published a report from their panel review of the role and purpose of protected areas for nature.

The review panel began in May 2014 and was chaired by SNH board member Simon Pepper.  The panel was asked to consider how the role and purpose of protected areas might be developed to better secure public benefits within the context of wider thinking on land use and ecosystem services. The Panel interviewed a range of experts and stakeholders over two days before preparing its report.   That report has now been published, and SNH also plans to publish a series of issues papers picking up the challenges in the review paper.  Over the next few months they will also actively seek wider engagement in consideration of these issues.  You can read a copy of the report and submit any comments here.