If you visit the National Park there is a good chance you will see our rangers out and about or attending local events. They can help you find out what makes the National Park special, great ways to enjoy the area and tips on how you can help to protect it.
There are five full-time rangers:
- Chris Marshall is the coastal ranger, working mainly in the east of the National Park
- Claire Sherwood works mainly in the south west and central parts of the National Park
- Craig Daters covers the north of the National Park.
- Dawn Rayment is the People and Wildlife Ranger, working as part of New Forest District Council’s ‘Green Way’ project.
- The ranger team are led by Lead Ranger Gillie Molland.
Each year, additional seasonal rangers are employed for six months from March to September to help people learn about the importance of the New Forest, its protected species and promote key ‘caring for the Forest’ messages to reduce their impact. Their first three months are focused on raising awareness of ‘ground nesting birds’ and reducing disturbance by Forest users during the very sensitive months of their breeding season. They then commence delivering a programme of educational activities on the Camping in the Forest sites from July onwards.
Two apprentice rangers are also employed each year as part of the Our Past, Our Future Landcsape Partnership Scheme.
If you are interested in the rangers attending your event or assisting with your community project then email them at firstname.lastname@example.org