St An­drews beach now has ranger team for vis­i­tors.

The ded­i­cated trio aim to en­hance the nat­u­ral her­itage site

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CRAIG SMITH csmith@the­courier.co.uk

An iconic Fife beach now has its own ded­i­cated ranger team to help im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of vis­i­tors.

The West Sands of St An­drews is not only fa­mous for the open­ing scenes of the film Char­i­ots of Fire, but thou­sands of peo­ple take the op­por­tu­nity to de­scend on the near-two miles of un­in­ter­rupted sand backed with dunes be­side the world-renowned Old Course.

Now, thanks to an in­no­va­tive agree­ment be­tween St An­drews Links Trust and Fife Coast Coun­try­side Trust, the beach area can boast its own coun­try­side ranger team.

As­sis­tant rangers Gavin Legg and Emily Als­ford have joined coun­try­side ranger Ranald Stra­chan to pro­vide a site-based team who will pro­mote the sus­tain­able use and de­vel­op­ment of the whole West Sands area.

And as well as mak­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence more plea­sur­able for vis­i­tors, the team aim to pro­tect and en­hance the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, re­duce the im­pact on the site from anti-so­cial or in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour, and ad­vise and sup­port the St An­drews Links Trust to re­alise their en­vi­ron­men­tal aims and ob­jec­tives.

Chris Broome, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Fife Coast and Coun­try­side Trust, wel­comed the new tie-up with the St An­drews Links Trust.

He added: “This part­ner­ship is a most wel­come de­vel­op­ment that will add greatly to the West Sands and its sta­tus as a ma­jor vis­i­tor at­trac­tion and an im­por­tant nat­u­ral her­itage site.”

The new link-up was launched to mark World Ranger Day, which is an In­ter­na­tional Ranger Fed­er­a­tion ini­tia­tive aimed at com­mem­o­rat­ing rangers killed or in­jured in the line of duty and to cel­e­brate the work rangers do across the globe.

A few of the ac­tions the rangers will un­der­take at West Sands will in­clude a first point of con­tact for vis­i­tors and a pub­lic open weekly beach clean.

There will also be a new ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme for schools, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties and an events pro­gramme to pro­mote the sus­tain­able use of the site.

The rangers will be based on site and will be present ev­ery day pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion fa­cil­ity for all beach ac­tiv­i­ties and events.

Any­one who wishes to find out more should con­tact 07985 707593, or pop down and meet them out on the sands.

This part­ner­ship is a most wel­come de­vel­op­ment that will add greatly to the West Sands and its sta­tus as a ma­jor vis­i­tor at­trac­tion

As­sis­tant rangers Gavin Legg and Emily Als­ford have joined coun­try­side ranger Ranald Stra­chan to pro­vide a site-based team.

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