Andy is no stranger to getting his hands dirty. With incredible knowledge on all things relative to the countryside and its wildlife, he is the perfect man to ensure Bowhill remains positively connected with nature. Bringing exciting ideas and plans to life, as well as inspiring future generations on saving and respecting the great outdoors, Andy is a greatly influential figure here at Bowhill Estate.
We had a chat with Andy to find out all about his role:
“Hi I’m Andy Beverley the new Countryside Ranger on the Bowhill Estate. In a nutshell my role is to ‘connect people with place’.”
What Duties Does Your Job Include?
“As a ranger there is no such thing as a typical day, with duties covering everything from playpark maintenance and managing access, through to species monitoring or leading school groups in nature-based activities. It relies on a good grounding in ecological principles and the complexities of managing varied habitats, whilst soft skills come in to play for planning for engaging visitors and volunteers with natural and cultural heritage features on the estate.”
What is your Favourite Thing about Bowhill Estate?
“There is much to love about Bowhill, due to Buccleuch’s long-term stewardship, and for me it is the woodlands that hold the magic of the old Ettrick Forest. From the Ancient Woodland of the Yarrow Water to the Policy Woodland around the house, the diversity is an inspiration for how woodlands can be managed sustainably to benefit biodiversity and engage communities.”
What Are Your Future Plans for Bowhill Estate?
“Starting with Bat surveys in August, I am planning on introducing an annual biological recording schedule that highlights the species diversity at Bowhill and develops a sense of stewardship with local community volunteers. By collaborating with charitable organizations, such as the Bat Conservation Trust and Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, these surveys will contribute to national records through citizen science, giving visitors and volunteers the inspiration and skills needed for ongoing species conservation.”
Andy’s role as Countryside Ranger means he will always be busy working away across the estate. Why not join him on one of his new activities coming to Bowhill this Summer?
Between 24th July and 11th August, suitable for aged four and above. A variety of two-hour sessions, each with a theme related to the outdoors. Find out more.
Exploring the immediate grounds around Bowhill House, a 1.25 mile walk taking in the working landscape in the surrounding area. Book as an add-on to the House Tour. Find out more.