The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) is the professional membership association for Countryside Rangers and associated countryside professionals in Scotland

Formed in 1974, SCRA has an enviable reputation for supporting the development and enhancement of the Ranger profession in Scotland; organising networking events, training events and conferences, supporting the development of a national logo and brand for Scotland's Ranger Services and working with Government and Government agencies to promote the profession.

Rangers promote the enjoyment, understanding and care of Scotland's outdoors through;

  • The first hand provision of information, advice and activities
  • Interpretation
  • The management of sites and facilities
  • Seeking to secure responsible behaviour

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Natural England have recently published the results of commissioned research of a series of topics some of these will be relevant to Rangers in Scotland.


  1. NECR092 – Learning in the Natural Environment: Review of social and economic benefits and barriers

Natural England commissioned the 3 studies that make up this Report to review and importantly to consolidate the evidence of the benefits of learning in natural environments, including for the first time an estimate of the aggregated economic value of this activity, and the barriers for school and teaching staff to delivery.

2. NECR097 - School Leader and Teacher Insights into Learning Outside the Classroom in Natural Environments

Natural England commissioned the two insight surveys in this Report to clarify and prioritise the needs, motivations and challenges for teaching staff delivering outdoor learning in schools across England, and schools from the 4 East London borough around the Olympic Park.

These two Reports were undertaken by a team from King’s College London.

3.NECR096 - Developing sustainable volunteering within the Natural Connections Demonstration Project: A review of evidence

This final Report reviews the role and scope of community-based volunteering in relation to Natural Connections Demonstration Project and shares examples of best practice from across the natural environment, greenspace and heritage sectors.

The review was undertaken by the Institute for Volunteering Research and Volunteering England.