Role of the countryside rangers
The role of the countryside rangers is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and care of the country park through the provision of information, advice, events and activities. Through their work they also assist to manage the country park and secure the responsible behaviour of everyone visiting it. Their role is in line with that of countryside rangers nationally, as outlined in the policy statement 'Rangers in Scotland' published by Scottish Natural Heritage in 2008.
Regularly country park patrols, whether on foot or by bike, are a key part of the countryside rangers’ work. These patrols creates a visible presence on the ground, providing visitors with information and advice about the best places to walk, cycle and ride and the area’s wildlife and history. They also help to raise awareness about the country park project.
Report graffiti, fly-tipping, vandalism, litter etc.
Through regular patrols the countryside rangers are also able to keep on top of problems such as graffiti and fly-tipping. The countryside rangers also have an important role to promote responsible behaviour, helping to reduce anti-social behaviour. If you notice any problems such as graffiti, fly-tipping, vandalism or litter within the country park then please contact the countryside rangers.
Events, activities and guided walks
Throughout the year the countryside rangers will be delivering a series of community events, activities and guided walks for all the family. For a full list of events please visit the what’s on section. Increasingly the countryside rangers are getting involved in the activities of community groups and are also very keen to offer their skills to local schools.
The countryside rangers have begun looking at volunteer opportunities within the country park and are particularly keen to work with, and offer help to, voluntary groups where they can. The possibility of starting a volunteer group is also being looked at. This would give local residents an opportunity to get involved in protecting and improving the country park. The group could get involved in all sorts of projects from wild flower planting to water vole surveying. If you are interested in becoming part of a volunteer group then please contact the countryside ranger service or check out the what's on section for future activities.
The country park is made up of a mosaic of different habitats which provide homes to many species of plants and animals. The countryside rangers are working with a number of individuals and organisations to survey and manage the country park to improve its biodiversity.
You can help by passing on your wildlife sightings within the country park. If you spot a species of interest within the country park please let us know by contacting the countryside rangers or filling in a wildlife sighting form.