Nature reserves and Ranger Service

Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service is committed to working for a biodiverse, best value and socially inclusive future for all the City's countryside resources. It will work in partnership to offer quality environmental education and recreational opportunities for all:

  • manages countryside sites throughout the city including Local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest
  • offers many educational opportunities for all ages
  • runs a walks and events programme during the summer and winter months - please download the full programme below
  • promotes biodiversity in the city.

The Ranger Service is based in offices upstairs at the Groats Road Pavilion at the Harlaw Academy Playing fields. The team will be based here for 2-3 years whilst a new facility is built. This will give the team easy access to the Hazlehead Woods and Den of Maidencraig Local Nature Reserve.

Educational opportunities

The countryside sites make an ideal place for an educational group visit. The Rangers can lead a wide range of activities for all ages from pre-school to university students and beyond. Popular subjects are pond dipping, minibeast hunts, birdwatching, and tree study. Other subjects could include drama, mathematics, English, or anything else you would like to suggest we will consider.

The Rangers have a good supply of equipment available for visits including pond nets, sweep nets, an assortment of plastic containers and magnifiers and much more. If you bring the enthusiasm and want to learn, what more could you need.

The Ranger Service will lead environmental educational visits to any of the other City Council owned countryside sites listed below. Countryside Ranger led activities are free of charge for school groups undertaking curriculum based studies. Other activities are chargeable, please contact the Ranger Service for more details.

Sites managed by Aberdeen City Council Ranger Service:

  • Auchmill Community Woodland
  • Brimmond Hill
  • Carnie Woods
  • Coastal Footpath from Cove to Nigg Bay
  • Danestone and Woodside
  • Deeside Way from Duthie Park to Peterculter
  • Den Burn
  • Den of Cults
  • Den of Maidencraig Local Nature Reserve
  • Donmouth Local Nature Reserve
  • East Tullos Burn
  • Eastwood Croft
  • Elrick Hill
  • Hazlehead Woods
  • Hilton Woods
  • Howes Road
  • Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve
  • Kingswells pond
  • Nigg Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Ord Dam
  • Pot Heugh
  • River Don Walk
  • Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve
  • Torry Walkway
  • Tullos Hill and Community Woodland
  • Walker Dam

Local Nature Reserves

Aberdeen City Council Ranger Service manage four Local Nature Reserves around the City. Each was selected as a local nature reserve for their locally significant wildlife, educational opportunities and community involvement. There is a management committee for each reserve made up of local people with an active interest in the site and specialist advisors.

Contact details

Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service
Groats Road Pavilion
Groats Road
AB15 8BE
01224 326 429

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