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Whitelee windfarm

Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service

Information about the role of the Countryside Ranger Service and how to contact them.

WCRS ATV at work
Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service (WCRS)
Ranger Cabin,
C/O Whitelee Visitor Centre,
Moor Road,
Eaglesham.
G76 0QQ (Opens in Google maps)
Email: whitelee-crs@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Tel: 0141 614 0962

There are 2 full time and 1 seasonal countryside rangers employed full time to work at Whitelee. They are primarily based at East Renfrewshire Council's Thornliebank depot or at the Ranger cabin next to the Whitelee windfarm visitor centre.

For more information on the rangers themselves, please visit:


Events

The Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service offer an annual program of guided walks and activities that are free of charge and provide an opportunity to not only explore the windfarm, but learn about its history and biodiversity amongst other things. With the range of activities and routes on offer at the site there should be an activity to suit all ages, abilities and interests. 

For a guide to what events run by the Whitelee rangers are on over the coming months, go to:

News

Keeping you informed and updated on what's going on at Whitelee will be important so that you can make the most from your visit. The 'Whitelee latest news' page is one way of keeping up to date with news about and from the windfarm and the rangers also have a Facebook page and Twitter feed where up-to-the-minute news can be found:


The Role of a Countryside Ranger

The role of the Whitelee countryside ranger service is to promote responsible access within the site to enable you to enjoy the recreational opportunities it provides.

The rangers also offer advice and organise free events and leaflets to promote:

  • Enjoyment of the site.
  • Understanding and care of the site.
  • Understanding and care of the site's habitats and wildlife.

Schools, colleges, interest groups, etc. are encouraged to visit the site and make use of the ranger service who can provide specialist help for field studies and curriculum linked activities. WCRS are also able to help schools by providing support for programs such as Eco-Schools through outreach work. For more information go to the Schools, Colleges and Groups page:

The rangers are tasked with carrying out regular patrols of the site providing a recognisable and approachable presence on the ground to aid visitor enjoyment of the area. By patrolling on foot, by bike and vehicle, the rangers will be monitoring the use of the site and providing information about the routes, habitats and wildlife found there to the public. If you see the rangers - please stop and say hello!

The role of the Whitelee Rangers is in line with that of countryside rangers nationally, as outlined in the policy statement 'Rangers in Scotland' published by Scottish Natural Heritage in 2008:

Countryside rangers are employed in over 120 countries throughout the world, working in the public and private sector to advance the understanding and appreciation of biodiversity and the outdoors and to protect it for the future. Environmental education is at the heart of much of the work of countryside rangers.

The Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service (WCRS) is a member of Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA). SCRA defines a countryside ranger service as having 10 major functions:

  1. Information, Interpretation and Environmental Education
  2. Natural resource protection and planning (including monitoring and advising on conservation issues)
  3. Visitor monitoring and recreation management (Most of "Ranger time" to be spent on these three)
  4. Emergency and safety planning
  5. Instruction in recreation
  6. Supervision of staff
  7. Consultation with others: e.g. land-owners
  8. Surveillance
  9. Maintenance
  10. Promotion and administration

For further information about SCRA visit the website:


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