We were lucky enough to enjoy a ranger session with Dark Sky Ranger Elizabeth Tindal at Sandyhills beach on the Colvend Coast. Elizabeth has many years experience as a ranger in Dumfries and Galloway and you are unlikely to find any one more knowledgeable about the outdoor world in this region.
Our session was catering for young children (aged 2 to 5) and Elizabeth has the perfect skills to get such a difficult audiences attention! First we met Elizabeth at the agreed meeting point and gathered at her car to help prepare for the session, the children were involved from the word go and relished in helping carry the equipment to our destination. There was much excitement when they saw the fire pit and marshmallows!
We headed down to the beach to pick the best spot for our session. Sandyhills is such a stunning beach and the perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday evening. All the children ran in different directions at first, thrilled to be there! Elizabeth soon had them gathered around and we learned about fire safety through games.
Then we lit the fire with a flint and toasted marshmallows, made chocolate bananas and even made our own bread cooked with the help of a whittled stick. The whole evening was informative and relaxed, the children absolutely loved it.
The rangers project offers so many options for different groups, not just for the young. They are tailored to suit the group and can include bush craft, outdoor art, stargazing, wildlife spotting and identification and many more options beside. If you wish to book a private session with one of the Dark Sky Rangers simply click here. Alternatively you can contact Elizabeth via her website here.