Drumlanrig call out for budding wildlife rangers

20th September, 2016

With the summer holidays fast approaching, the Buccleuch Ranger Service is seeking Volunteer Rangers to help them this season at Drumlanrig Castle to ensure it’s in perfect condition for all its visitors.
Volunteers will get their hands dirty, learning new skills while assisting the experienced Rangers with various practical tasks across the Estate. These include building pond platforms, managing access paths and tracks as well as assisting with conservation surveys throughout the year.
Ranger sessions are available to people of all abilities who have a keen interest in the great outdoors and maintaining the local area. Volunteer Rangers are welcome on Wednesday 8th June from 10.30 -4pm.
Being a Ranger at Drumlanrig Castle and County Estate is not just limited to adults, adventurous youngsters are welcome to join the fun at the upcoming Junior Ranger Sessions.
Similar to the adult workshops, children can take part in numerous practical activities including building bird boxes and outdoor furniture, drystone dyking and tree planting.
Junior Ranger workshops are a fantastic opportunity for kids to develop new skills, explore the possibility of pursuing a career in conservation and of course get a behind the scenes glimpse of life as a Ranger at Drumlanrig Castle.
Budding Junior Rangers aged between 12 and 16 years are welcome on Saturday 11th June from 1-4pm. Sessions cost £2 per child.
Anna Fergusson, Visitor Services Manager at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, said: “Signing up to be a Volunteer Ranger is a great experience as you can meet new people, enjoy the challenge of the various practical tasks while learning new skills and ultimately make a positive contribution to the local area.
‘We love to encourage children to be outside more and explore the countryside which is on their doorstep. Our Junior Ranger sessions are the ideal opportunity for teens to develop new skills and experience the role of an Estate Ranger.’
For those looking to have a more relaxed experience, Drumlanrig Castle offer vinyasa flow yoga classes to help attendees find their inner Zen. Led by local teacher, Jane Bailey, these lessons are open to people of all ages and abilities to be enjoyed in the tranquil surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle.
Classes take place every Tuesday morning from 9.45- 10.45am at the Drumlanrig Castle Stable Yard.
Alternatively, families who simply wish to explore the grounds of the Estate are always welcome and season passes are on sale now. Also with the addition of new equipment in the Adventure Playground this season, children are guaranteed hours of fun.