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27 October, 2021

Scotland’s Rangers address climate change issues


Scotland’s rangers have been on the frontline this year helping to manage visitors, but they also have a key role to play in tackling the linked challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.

While the COP26 conference takes place in Glasgow, 100 miles further north in Aviemore, a gathering of Countryside Rangers and allied professionals will provide an important opportunity to discuss these issues in more detail and consider the steps needed to support nature recovery and help create more climate resilient places throughout Scotland.

The Scottish Countryside Rangers’ Association, SCRA, in partnership with NatureScot – Scotland’s nature agency - and EDF Renewables UK, will host this 4 day conference at Badaguish Outdoor Centre.

Andy Edgar, Consents & Environmental Compliance Manager for EDF Renewables UK, said: “We are pleased to be able to support this conference as we recognise the important role Rangers have to play engaging with the public in environmental actions as we accelerate to a net zero future.”

Eileen Stuart, NatureScot’s Deputy Director for Nature & Climate Change, who is speaking at the event, said: “The COP26 conference will rightly grab the headlines, over the coming weeks and hopefully into the future. Tackling the interlinked challenges we face from climate change and biodiversity loss will require a range of action which supports nature recovery, transforms land use and helps connect people with nature. A strong and confident ranger workforce has a vital contribution to make to this work and NatureScot is looking forward to working with ranger services across Scotland to meet the challenges ahead.”

Delegates will attend a variety of workshops and site visits supported by the leading land managers in the Cairngorms National Park area. The conference closes with an address by John Mayhew, Director, Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland and President of SCRA

George Potts, Chair of the Scottish Countryside Rangers’ Association, described the conference as “a wonderful opportunity to recognise the dedication and innovation of Scotland’s national network of Ranger Services." George added: “Our members are heavily involved in land management from local nature reserves to substantial areas with international significance. The climate emergency brings new challenges for them to address. This conference will inspire their efforts.”


For more information please contact George Potts on or 07936156210

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Notes to editors

The Ranger Rendezvous Conference takes place at Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore, from 1st to 4th November 2021 on the theme "Land management - the climate emergency and biodiversity loss”.

About the Scottish Countryside Rangers’ Association (SCRA)

SCRA is the membership association for Scotland’s national network of Countryside Rangers. The association promotes professional standards and the beneficial role Rangers play in managing Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage. The Association organises this bi-annual conference to address current issues and sharing of best practise. 

About EDF Renewables UK

With an operating portfolio of 37 wind farms we are providing some of the much needed new affordable, low carbon electricity to the UK and Ireland across four technologies (onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage). We have an expanding renewables portfolio with almost 5GW of projects in planning and development and 600 MW currently under construction. We have offices in Edinburgh, Rainton Bridge (near Durham), London and Dublin.

EDF Renewables is part of EDF Group which, as part of its CAP 2030 strategy, aims to double EDF’s renewable energy production from 28 GW to 60 GW.              

NatureScot is Scotland's nature agency. We work to enhance our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it. Our priority is a nature-rich future for Scotland and an effective response to the climate emergency. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at

’S e NatureScot buidheann nàdair na h-Alba. Bidh sinn a’ neartachadh àrainneachd na h-Alba agus a’ brosnachadh dhaoine gu barrachd suim a chur ann an nàdar. Tha e mar phrìomhachas againn gum bi nàdar na h-Alba beairteach agus gun dèilig sinn gu h-èifeachdach le èiginn na gnàth-shìde. Tha an tuilleadh fiosrachaidh aig no air Twitter aig


"Meeting in the Cairngorms". Pictured is Georgia Carrington, Seasonal Ranger with Balmoral Estate Ranger Service ©Balmoral Estate Ranger Service.

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