Getting Out & About with Your Local Ranger

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Have You Met Your Local Ranger?  In K&M, your Ranger is Helen Young.  Read on to find out how Helen could help you or your group get out and about.


The Aberdeenshire Rangers are tasked with raising awareness and encouraging care for our natural and cultural heritage.  To do this, we work with schools and community groups on natural and cultural projects and run various events that families and individual can join in.

Events in K&M this August

Organised events in K&M this August are:

TODAY!! Thursday 7th August 2-3:30
Find your favourite pebble on the beach and discover Scotland’s rocky past! Make your own rock to take home.
A joint event with Tolbooth Museum.
Meet: Tolbooth Museum, Old Quay, The Harbour, Stonehaven

Sauturday 9th August 11am-12:30pm
How many bugs and beasties can you find in the woodland at The Den in Auchenblae?  Discover the secret world of the minibeast.
Joint event with Auchenblae Parks Committee
Meet: The Den, via Kintore Street, Auchenblae

Wednesday 13th August 10-11am
Can you see claws and tentacles waving in the rockpools?  Find out who they belong to as the rockpools of Stonehaven beach.
Meet: Cowie end of Beach Road, behind outdoor swimming pool, Stonehaven

Friday 15th August 8:30-9:30pm
Who comes out to feed as the sun goes down? Find out more about the bats of Portlethen on this evening excursion.
Joint event with NESBats
Meet: car park Portlethen Parish Church

You can search for other Ranger events through the year on Aberdeenshire Council’s Events Calendar here.

You can also keep up to date with all their activity on the Aberdeenshire Council Rangers Facebook Page.

Arrange a Ranger Activity For Your Group

It’s also possible to arrange an activity or a walk with the Rangers for your group.  They can’t do this for individuals or families but if you’re an organised group they’re happy to work with you where they can.

Activities could focus for example on rockpools, coasts, insects, geology, flowers and plants or birds.

Invite the Ranger on Your Group Walk

There are lots of great walks in Kincardine and Mearns.  Click here to read our previous post on walking for some inland K&M walks and the benefits of walking.


Among the Ranger’s favourites are the coastal paths in the area and your group can arrange for Helen to join you on a section to help you get more from your walk.  Click here to find lists and maps of the paths.

Author Biography:


Helen Young has been an Aberdeenshire Ranger since 2005.  Before that she did the job in Aberdeen City.  Previously Helen had worked at The Bennachie Centre, with Scottish National Heritage and as a habitat surveyor, which was what brought her back to Aberdeenshire after going to college in Edinburgh.  Helen says she’s happy to be back in Aberdeenshire which is home and where she grew up.
Helen can be contacted on Tel: 01569 768292 or

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    […] Don’t assume we only think about tea!!  We have shared discoveries of such beauty on our doorstep and on occasion have been led by people out with the group to introduce us to a new area.  (If you are interested in being joined by a local countryside expert, read our guest post by K&M’s Ranger) […]

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