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Rose the Ranger

Rose is the Deputy Ranger for Northam Burrows. She is an Environmental Biologist who is passionate about our planet and the responsibility each of us has to protect and conserve our natural habitats. Rose is not only our local countryside Ranger she is also an explorer, writer, blogger, ‘wild play’ expert, conservationist, natural playground designer, guided walk leader, tractor driver, dedicated beach cleaner working in partnership with surfers against sewage and a generally awesome lady!

What does a Deputy Park Ranger do?

“My job description as Deputy Ranger is officially ‘To assist with the general running of the Northam Burrows Country Park and Westward Ho!, taking a lead role in developing the educational, interpretation, survey and monitoring programmes.’ This means that I spend my time learning about the plants and animals of Northam Burrows, looking after their home and finding ways of sharing this with local people and residents so that they know about and love the wildlife too!

To do this I have to be good at paying attention to things, confident at talking to people and also good at writing so that I can make new guide books and information leaflets. I have been a ranger for 10 years now and am always learning new skills to be better at my job. This could be anything from the best way to put up a fence (so the sheep don’t eat the flowers that the butterflies need) or doing carpentry (to make information signs) or driving big trucks and tractors (to get tools out to the middle of the Burrows or along the beach when we need to do work a long way away from the rangers’ office).”

Photo of Northam Burrows taken by Tony Hisgett