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From Dingwall to Lochinver: Countryside Rangers celebrate a successful month of Highland-wide activities

Photo of child enjoying the end product of ‘10 things to do with a stick’ event in Laide earlier this year

High Life Highland is proud to announce a record-breaking month of educational projects and customer engagement in the North Team’s domain within the Rangers service.

High Life Highland Ranger Service is dedicated to promoting the enjoyment, understanding, and care of the Highlands’ wildlife, environment, and landscapes.

The service offers a range of educational programs, guided walks, and conservation initiatives to encourage the sustainable use of Highland’s natural resources.

With an impressive count of 41 educational projects delivered this month, surpassing the 30 projects of the same period last year, the team has significantly expanded its reach and impact in the community.

An increase in community participation saw 646 customers engage with the Rangers service, more than doubling the figures from the previous year, indicating a growing interest in Highland’s natural heritage and the activities that unfold within it.

The October school break was a highlight of the month’s events, with the team hosting imaginative and engaging activities for children and families.

The ‘Ten things to do with a stick’ event in Ullapool and the ‘Stories by the fire’ in Lairg brought storytelling and nature crafts to life, the ‘Dragon Walk’ in Lochinver captured imaginations, while the ‘Pebble Beach Day’ connected participants with the tranquillity of Scottish shores.

Continuing the theme of exploration and education, the service successfully conducted the usual walks and events, which included a ‘Fungi foray’ at Monadh Mor, and a ‘Bat Walk’ at Thurso.

These events highlighted the importance of biodiversity and provided a platform for community members to learn about local ecosystems.

The service also strengthened its collaboration with educational institutions, with notable events like the Dingwall Academy science festival and Wick High School Campus spooky day, where the Ranger Service worked hand-in-hand with other High Life Highland Services to provide unique educational experiences.

The dedication of High Life Highland’s Ranger services to conservation was equally evident, with volunteers participating in meadow raking at Farr and Lochinver, showcasing a hands-on approach to preserving and maintaining the region’s natural beauty.

Highlighting the intersection of art and nature, Ranger Paul Castle delivered an informative talk to a photography workshop group, shedding light on the best locations in North Sutherland to capture the natural world through a lens.

Paul said: “Our team is delighted with the growth in both our educational outreach and in the number of people who are engaging with our services.”

Imogen Furlong, High Life Highland Ranger Service Manager, added: “This reflects a shared commitment within our community to learn about, experience, and protect our unique Highland environment.

“The High Life Highland Ranger Service would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers, educators, parents, and curious minds who made this month’s achievements possible.

“The Service is committed to continuing these efforts, fostering a love for nature, and supporting the sustainable use of our cherished landscapes.”

For more information about the High Life Highland Ranger Service and upcoming events, please visit www.highlifehighland.com/rangers