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Ranger Service

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We have a team of 6 RaAberdeenshire council ranger service logongers based across Aberdeenshire to help residents and visitors discover and enjoy our rich natural and cultural heritage:

Our aims 

In common with other Ranger Services in Scotland, we have 3 main aims that include:

  • providing a warm welcome and provide support to help people enjoy the outdoors
  • increasing awareness, understanding, care and responsible use of the natural and cultural heritage
  • supporting the sustainable management and use of the outdoors to meet a range objectives

Donations

There is no charge for most of our events and sessions, however donations are most welcome. You can make a donation online, or we can raise an invoice or take cash or cheque on the day of your session.

Donate to ranger service

Events

We have a wide range of events organised throughout the year to help residents and visitors explore and enjoy our countryside. You can follow our Eventbrite page, where you can make online bookings.

School and group sessions

We offer support to schools, colleges, universities and other organised groups to access, understand and enjoy our natural and cultural heritage. Find out how to request a session.

Volunteers

We welcome volunteers, if you wish to volunteers with us you can view our current volunteering opportunities. If you are part of an organisation and are looking to organise a conservation day please contact us.

Sharing knowledge and skills

Rangers are happy to share their skills and knowledge with teachers and other professionals seeking to develop outdoor learning opportunities. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Responsible outdoor access

You must be responsible when accessing our countryside and respect the interests of others, care for the environment and take responsibility for your own actions.

The Ranger Service can provide advice to users, communities and land managers on access rights and responsibilities. We have produced printable posters and information leaflet for use by community groups and land managers:

You can find out more about your access right and responsibilities by visiting the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website. Information about upholding access rights is available on our website.

Bennachie Visitor Centre

Bennachie Visitor Centre is managed by the Bennachie Centre Trust and is open April to October 10am to 5pm. Toilets open all year during daylight hours. Car parking charges apply, for more information and trail maps please visit Forestry and Land Scotland.

Warden and Centre assistant staff at the centre are provided by the Ranger Service on behalf of the Bennachie Centre Trust.