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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The University of Leicester has published an updated land-use map of the UK which shows an apparent loss of habitat and agricultural land.

The land cover map, which shows changes between 2006 and 2012, is based on a standard classification system of 44 land cover and land use classes.  It shows how much of the UK is made up of artificial surfaces, agricultural areas, forest and semi-natural areas, wetlands and water bodies.  It also shows a loss of over 100,000 hectares of coniferous forest and over14,000 hectares of agricultural land converted to artifical surfaces

You can view the map here