31 July 2019

World Ranger Day: July 31

by Ranger Co-ordinator Fiona Banks

The 15th annual World Ranger Day takes place on Wednesday, July 31. It is a time to pay tribute to rangers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. 

It is estimated that over 1,000 rangers have been killed over the last decade, mostly due to the actions of poachers and armed militia groups.

It is also a time to acknowledge and celebrate the work undertaken by rangers all over the world in promoting and protecting our natural and cultural heritage worldwide.

Our small team of rangers in Aberdeenshire Council contributes to this global work,  welcoming 9,882 residents and visitors to our countryside over the past year, helping 4,400 school pupils to discover the wonders of the natural world, and delivering 85 public events to raise awareness and understanding of Aberdeenshire’s countryside from mountain to sea.

Our programme of public events can be viewed at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/22151/rangersummerevents.pdf

You can also find out more about rangers around the world from the International Ranger Federation: www.thingreenline.org.au

Look for the hashtag #worldrangerday on Twitter.