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Country Parks/Countryside Ranger Service

Ranger Service logo 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:

  • based at Groats Road Pavilion, Groats Rd, Hazlehead, Aberdeen AB15 8BE
  • 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 from the link to the right.
  • 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 purpose built facility is built. This will give the team easy access to the Hazlehead Woods and Den of Maidencraig Local Nature Reserve. The Ranger Service will not have a classroom facility available in the short term but plans are under discussion to offer this and hopefully it will be in place for the spring/summer terms in 2016.

Pond Dipping 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:

1.Auchmill Community Woodland

2.Brimmond Hill

3.Carnie Woods

4.Coastal Footpath from Cove to Nigg Bay

5.Danestone and Woodside

6.Deeside Way from Duthie Park to Peterculter

7.Den Burn

8.Den of Cults

9.Den of Maidencraig Local Nature Reserve

10.Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

11.Eastwood Croft

12.Elrick Hill

13.Four Hills Walks (Brimmond, Elrick, Kirkhill, & Tyrebagger hills)

14.Hazlehead Woods

15.Hilton Woods

16.Howes Road

17.Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve

18.Kingswells pond

19.Nigg Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest

20.Northfield to Brimmond Hill Link

21.Ord Dam

22.Pot Heugh

23.River Dee Walk

24.River Don Walk

25.Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve

26.Torry Walkway

27.Tullos Hill and Community Woodland

28.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.

Please see the links on the right to the local nature reserves.


  • Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service
    Groats Road Pavilion
    Groats Road
    AB15 8BE
    Tel 01224 326429
  • Countryside Ranger Service
    Communities, Housing and Infrastructure
    Aberdeen City Council
    Altens East Recycling and Resource Facility
    Hareness Place
    Altens Industrial Estate
    Aberdeen AB12 3GX
    Tel: 01224 326429
    Fax: 01224 318863
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