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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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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.

The event will be held at the aptly named Battleby Conference centre, near Perth on Saturday 28th May and costs £45 (or £40 if you are a BCT member). This includes lunch and refreshments.

Attendees can chose three workshops from the following;

  1. Using your ears (Introduction to using Heterodyne detectors)
  2. Sound analysis
  3. GIS for Bat Groups
  4. Kerb Crawling for bats – bat surveys by car
  5. 5.       Introduction to Analook Insight
  6. Bat Handling and in-hand Identification techniques
  7. Harp trapping and Mist Netting
  8. First aid & care for bats
  9. Bat droppings – what can they tell us
  10. Making Bat Records
  11. Needle felt a (toy) bat

Workshop places are booked on a first come first served basis while booking for the event – so don’t delay as places are limited.

Battleby is set in beautiful bat habitat and boasts several roosts including two heated bat boxes.

Booking can be made via the Bat Conservation Trust website.