Bute’s new countryside ranger, Ian Brown, has spoken to The Buteman about his first few months in the job - and about the circuitous route which brought him to the island.
Ian hails from Sussex - he was born in Brighton and brought up in nearby Lewes - and spent three years at university in Lancaster before working in a variety of locations including Staffordshire, North Wales and Dumfries and Galloway.
He and his wife Kate also spent a year seeing the world by bike - cycling some seven thousand kilometres across Europe before clocking up another 12,000km in South America - before spotting the ranger vacancy on Bute last summer.
“The idea of becoming the ranger for the whole of a Scottish island was wonderful,” Ian, who is employed by the Mount Stuart Trust, told The Buteman.
“The whole island is my oyster. My remit isn’t just confined to Bute Estate land - it covers the whole of the island. My post is part-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, and therefore anything to do with the countryside on Bute is under my job description.
“My work needs to be community focussed and community led. I’ve got ideas of my own, but coming in as an outsider I feel Bute has a real community feel to it, so therefore I need the community to direct me as to what projects they want to be done.”
* You can read our interview with Ian in full in the January 9 edition of The Buteman - on sale now. You can also contact Ian by calling (01700) 503858 or 07960 339774, or by emailing email@example.com.