Rangers at the ready to help you roam
Our team of Rangers are outdoor experts and they know Dalkeith Country Park as well as you know your own garden. Better, probably! With the launch of the new park, they’re back and ready to help you get the best out of your visit, from general advice to Ranger-led walks. They’re a great first contact whatever you want to do here, often found leading groups of excited school children on an otter hunt or pointing out the nest of a sleeping owl.
We asked Dalkeith’s Ranger, Julia, about her role and what her day looks like:
What does a Countryside Ranger do?
“A Ranger’s job is really varied. The most important aspect of our work is to create a link between people and their environment. We need to know about many different things from protecting wildlife at the park, mending fences, maintaining walks, planting trees and teaching young people about ecology. We can also give visitors advice on when and where to see wildlife here at Dalkeith.”
What does a typical day in the life of a Ranger look like?
“There isn’t really a typical day which is what makes my job so interesting. It’s important for us to be out and about in the park as much as possible. This means we get to know the park like the back of our hand and can share our knowledge with visitors. Day-to-day we can be leading guided walks, providing educational sessions for school groups, or undertaking practical work to keep the park looking its best. We check the trails which is a great way to meet visitors. Being out and about means we see the wildlife – I’ve seen roe deer, a fox, a badger, rabbits, buzzards, a kingfisher, and signs of otters here at the park.”
What events and activities can I get involved in?
• We have a new programme of walks and events since the park re-opened. You can find all the events here.
• There will be guided walks every month exploring the park, river and woods (our old oak wood is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest).
• Events aimed at families – hunting minibeasts, building woodland dens, hopefully some outdoor crafts and games, and ‘natural navigation’.
We’d also love to hear from you! If you spot any wildlife or want us to host a specific Ranger event, get in touch with us. We look forward to welcoming you to the park soon!