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31 Jul 2019

A wide range of ranger-led events

A ranger-led rockpooling adventure, along the shoreline of Culzean
A ranger-led rockpooling adventure, along the shoreline of Culzean
Today (Wednesday 31 July) is World Ranger Day! To celebrate, we’re highlighting our summer programme of ranger-led events across the Trust.

For our rangers, protecting habitats and wildlife is an important part of their role and they do a fantastic job of looking after our properties, as well as carrying out survey work of our wildlife and plants. Our rangers spend their  time looking after our beautiful countryside, and in doing so inspire a love of Scotland’s natural heritage. This summer, our rangers have a variety of events on offer across the Trust. They'll be leading walks, giving talks and running workshops, allowing you to discover Scotland’s spectacular scenery and natural history.

A ranger-led walk, along the shoreline of Culzean
A ranger-led walk, along the shoreline of Culzean

At Culzean Castle & Country Park in Ayrshire, there’s an array of exciting ranger-led activities taking place. 

Our rangers can lead you on a guided walk of the Culzean Caves where you can discover more about the archaeology, natural history and geology of the area while learning about its spooky past! 

The Culzean rangers can also lead you on a guided walk in search of agates, a shoreline ramble and an evening bat walk - where you can discover which species of bats live in the country park and learn all about their behaviour.

Mini rangers (aged 5-10) can go on a rockpool adventure, exploring the shoreline and discovering more about the animals that make their home there.

The smugglers’ caves at Culzean
The smugglers’ caves at Culzean

On the Isle of Arran, Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park offers something for everyone, including a discovery walk on Glen Rosa where you can join the rangers for a walk in the dramatic landscape of Glen Rosa, with the chance of seeing golden eagles, red deer, adders and a myriad of wildflowers. You can also find out about the secret life of badgers during the Family Badger Watch, when after a little walk, you’ll settle near one of their foraging areas to hopefully watch them searching for tasty morsels.

A badger, wandering across a log
A badger, wandering across a log

In Aberdeenshire, Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve has events to keep the whole family entertained! From Nature Nippers, a nature activities club giving children aged 5 and under the chance to get outside and explore nature through games and play, to their Mini Rangers activities for children aged 7-12. And then there’s the guided walks over any of the 15 Munros (mountains over 3,000ft/914m) on the estate – the rangers here have thought of everyone.

Carn a' Mhaim, Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve
Carn a' Mhaim, Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve

As part of their #BeeInsectAware campaign, to raise awareness of the decline in numbers and species of insects worldwide, House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve invites you to join them for an afternoon of bugs! There’ll be bug crafts and activities, bug hunting, a bug bio-blitz and more.

Glencoe Land Rover safari
Glencoe Land Rover safari

At Glencoe, the ranger-led Land Rover Safari will transport you through Glencoe and Glen Etive. Going slightly off the beaten track, you'll be able to learn all about the history of the glen, the wildlife, geology and more! 

The Glencoe rangers are also offering you the opportunity to join them on a Hidden Valley Walk taking you up into the valley where fantastic views of Glencoe can be seen as well as a guided walk along Buachaille Etive Mor, an all-day walk along the ridge of Buachaille Etive Mor taking in both Munro summits. This ranger-led walk along the iconic ridge has stunning mountain scenery to be viewed in all directions, and fantastic wildlife to discover.

Ranger-led children's outdoor activity
Ranger-led children's outdoor activity

And the range of ranger-led activities doesn't end there! Canna, Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Culloden, Fyvie Castle, Garden & Estate, Goatfell, Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve, and Killiecrankie all have ranger-led events on offer this summer.

If you can't make one of our events but you’re at one of our places and you see a ranger, say hello! They love to meet and learn more from those visiting the places in our care.