A Fife journalist, blogger and countryside ranger has been named president of Ramblers Scotland, the representative body for Scottish walkers.
Ben Dolphin follows in the footsteps of the late conservationist Dick Balharry, award-winning broadcaster Cameron McNeish and most recently Dr Andrew Murray, who was the Scottish Government’s first Physical Activity Champion.
Ben (41), who lives in the Lomond Hills, is a West Lothian Council ranger and well known in the Scottish outdoor scene for writing for the Walkhighlands website and Outdoor Enthusiast magazine, as well as for his blogs, photos and videos on his own Benvironment website.
He was elected to the honorary position at Ramblers Scotland’s AGM on Saturday (March 11) in Dunblane.
Ben said: “Being put forward as president of Ramblers Scotland is a huge honour for me. In my personal and working lives I’ve seen first-hand how time spent around nature has enormous physical and mental benefits. Much of my time is therefore spent encouraging folk to get out and about. As president, I hope to be able to do just that by showing people the amazing wildlife and landscapes we have right here at home.”
Ben grew up in the English Midlands and has previously volunteered with the Pentland Hills Voluntary Ranger Service, Falkland Centre for Stewardship and the Fife Red Squirrel Group.
The position is elected on an annual basis, with presidents serving for a maximum of three years.