National Park Coastal Ranger offers free walks and talks

Published Monday 8 February 2010

Community groups and schools can learn about the coastline of the New Forest National Park for free from Coastal Ranger Leanne Atkinson.

‘There are 26 miles of coastline in the National Park and it has something for everyone,’ said Leanne, who leads walks that are tailored to the requirements of different community groups.  She also gives illustrated talks about the coastal environment, provides information at community group events and runs themed environmental activities for children.

Parish councils, scouts and guides, residents’ associations and volunteer groups are some of the organisations that have taken up the offer of free learning sessions since Leanne joined the New Forest National Park Authority in 2008.

She also offers site visits and outreach sessions to schools.  These are linked to the National Curriculum and include activities such as identifying coastal wildlife, learning how the coastline is shaped and investigating signs of climate change and sea level rise.

‘I can bring the coast into the classroom by visiting pupils at school,’ Leanne said.  ‘The New Forest coastline also offers them a fantastic outdoor education experience.’

To book a talk, guided walk or educational session, email leanne.atkinson@newforestnpa.gov.uk or telephone 01590 646663.

The Coastal Ranger is a partnership post between the National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council and ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery.

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Media contact:
Claire Sherwood, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel. 01590 646649 (08:30 – 13:30)
Email: claire.sherwood@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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