East Lothian Council

Countryside Ranger Service

East Lothian's countryside rangers


Although the Countryside Ranger Service is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds, they all have a good knowledge of wildlife and the countryside, an enthusiasm for natural history and environmental issues as well as a desire and ability to communicate this to the general public.

The Ranger Service assists in the management of the landscape by:

  • helping visitors to enjoy the East Lothian countryside and enhancing their experience
  • ensuring effective management of East Lothian Council controlled sites, which have a potential for leisure, informal recreation or nature conservation purposes


An important part of the ranger's job is to provide information to the general public on wildlife and countryside matters. Our aim is to enhance peoples' enjoyment of the countryside, while helping them to appreciate its importance and the need to conserve it for future generations.

Countryside Rangers meet and talk to people during regular patrols, and also through more formal guided walks, talks and natural history events throughout the year. They also lead a number of school group activities; from rock-pool studies to woodland walks and geological explorations.

Guided Walks and Events

A programme of events run throughout the year. For all details please go to our Countryside events and guided walks page

Conservation and Monitoring

In order to understand and help manage the countryside for conservation, we undertake a range of survey work. This includes counting the numbers of visitors to a site, monitoring bird populations along the coast and conducting specific plant surveys.


We have always had an involvement in issues relating to access to the countryside. This includes operating on the rights of way and public access network, investigating access issues and liasing with landowners, user groups and the local community.

Volunteering With the Countryside Ranger Service

From time to time we take on individual volunteers who are interested in learning more about the profession. We also take volunteers out to help with practical conservation tasks and wildlife surveying. If you are interested in any of these aspects, please go to our Volunteering Opportunities on the Countryside page

Block C, Brewery Park, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620 827279

Fax: 01620 827456

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.