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Countryside Ranger Service


Our Ranger Service and Countryside Liaison Officer provide expert knowledge, information and assistance for visitors to Eglinton Country Park and other areas of countryside within North Ayrshire.

Our purpose is to connect people with places.

The ranger service is responsible for:

  • Ensuring a welcome for visitors
  • Mediating between public use and other land uses
  • Promoting awareness and understanding of the natural and cultural heritage
  • Caring for and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage

The tasks performed by the ranger service are varied and the three main remits cover:


The ranger service offers a programme of environmental education based on the curriculum for excellence.

The Rangers have considerable input into Ecoschools, Grounds for Learning and John Muir Award projects. This educational remit is also carried into the local community, working with youth and community groups and using guided walks and illustrated talks to strengthen the message.


The staff at Eglinton Country Park help in the management of areas of designated council lands. We are central to the biodiversity process, working with local communities to enhance and protect local wild spaces. In promoting and enhancing North Ayrshire's wildlife, we bring a broad range of skills and ecological knowledge, such as species identification and survey methods.


The Ranger Service has a key role in supporting recreation in the outdoors to be enjoyed by both local people and visitors. We provide advice and support to land managers who wish to improve access over their land. We are often the first contact for people wanting to know where to walk, horse ride or cycle. We carry out regular patrols, checking for risks and reporting maintenance needed.

Why not join us on our walks or at various events throughout the year?



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