Rangers Report

In this blog the Ollie, our Head Ranger, gives us a short rundown of just some of the key activities the Rothiemurchus Ranger team was involved in 2023. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media and the blog to find out more about our Rangers and the important job they do here at Rothiemurchus.

 

2023’s high season started with a long dry spell from April to June, which meant a heightened fire risk and longer working days. Over the season we found and put out 42 live fires, and cleared 26 old fire sites.

Some of these fire and wild camping sites unfortunately required the support of Police Scotland. We also welcomed the continued support of National Park Rangers who were an important part of our visitor engagement and fire monitoring. Luckily in such a busy year, rangers Ollie, Shona and placement student Eleanor welcomed some new additions and old faces too. Donald joined us on Fridays; Kristina, a previous placement student, returned in June after completing her studies. School leaver Millie also joined the team, working for both the fishery and rangers. Vicky is now studying teaching, but dropped in to help us, and Ray continued welcoming coach tours.

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We hosted Aviemore Primary pupils twice in 2023. One group enjoyed a visit to the rangers, whilst another visited the farm, meeting cattle and deer, then enjoying a Rothie beefburger in the tipi. We also visited the school to demonstrate fish preparation for cooking. Hopefully we will have inspired some of these children to become the next generation of Rothiemurchus rangers!

 

Rothiemurchus Rangers at Aviemore Primary School

2023 was an exceptionally busy year for bookings. In light of this, we replaced our vintage marquee with a fantastic new tipi at Inverdruie House. It provides a function venue and a warm welcome to our group visitors before they embark on their estate tours.

The Tipi at Rothiemurchus near Aviemore