Countryside Ranger Service

Protecting North Lanarkshire's countryside

Ranger van

The countryside ranger service is based within the three country parks: Drumpellier, Palacerigg and Strathclyde.

In addition, we are involved at North Lanarkshire's Local Nature Reserves, the historic sites of Colzium Lennox Estate and Dalzell Estate, as well as fifteen other greenspace managed sites and more than 350 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. We promote responsible access in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and contribute to local and national Biodiversity Action Plans.

We offer formal and informal learning opportunities across the Council area to deliver environmental education at no charge. We work with colleges, universities, church, youth and special interest groups and are happy to tailor walks or talks outwith those in this diary, to meet your needs. We also put on an annual programme of fun and free events.

We work closely with North Lanarkshire schools to complement outdoor learning and the Curriculum for Excellence. We are associated with the Eco-Schools initiative as both advisors and assessors, promoting the ten topics including biodiversity, health and well-being and sustaining our world, helping schools achieve the prestigious Green Flag now seen in so many school grounds.

The Ranger Service is active within local communities. We assist groups to develop and enhance access, biodiversity and facilities of their own parks and greenspaces through consultation and public participation.

Together with our natural partners we facilitate current initiatives such as the John Muir Trust Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award, and, more recently, Branching Out and Forest School programmes.

Please contact your nearest Ranger base for more information, or to make a booking for our services.

Please use the 'contact us' box if you have any questions. For more information, see 'related articles' and 'other useful websites'.

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