There has been a full time Ranger on Tiree since August 2010. Stephanie Cope, our new Ranger, was appointed in January 2017. The Ranger's responsibilities are to safeguard and promote the islands environment and the duties include welcoming and leafletting the drivers of camper vans, motor homes and caravans to make sure that they are informed of the need to protect the sensitive machair. Based in the Rural Centre and the Island Centre, the Ranger will also have the task of producing heritage brochures and leaflets for Tiree Chapels, using Tiree roads, local birds, maps and wildlife and heritage guides.
The Ranger will also be responsible for evolving natural heritage activities for children, including working with Tiree's Beaver Scouts and youngsters at the school. Other areas of his workload includes disabled access, organising guided walks, off road parking areas, and reporting his Ranger activities and news in An Tirisdeach.
The three year job contract is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage; Discover Tiree, and Tiree Trust. Ranger events and downloadable walks etc will also be publicised through the new Discover Tiree web-site and by way of the innovative new Tiree phone app, which will work on both phone and tablet.
RANGER GUIDED WALKS
Throughout each summer the Ranger leads guided walks following three different routes all starting on Thurday afternoons at 2pm. Details of the 2017 programme of walks and activities can be found by clicking here.
A full programme of walks for 2017 is available as a PDF download at the foot of this page. The programme will also be available as a printed brochure from the Rural Centre or the Trust Office at Crossapol.
To contact the Ranger about camping or overnight parking for your motorhome, or any other access enquiries please ring or email:
PHOTOS OF TIREE'S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
The Tiree Ranger Service has created a slide show of photos at the Rural Centre. Do you have any interesting photos of the natural heritage of the island - wildlife, flowers, dark skies, sea creatures or landscapes? If you do - and would like us to include them in the slide show - please email them to the Ranger at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number. Alternatively, if you speak to the Ranger directly - it may be possible to make a copy at the Rural Centre.