To celebrate World Ranger Day 2019 our very own South Downs National Park ranger Chloe Goddard has got six ways for you to spend your World Ranger Day.
Rangers from a variety of organisations help to look after nature reserves, green spaces, open access land, footpaths and bridleways across the National Park. This year on World Ranger Day we’d love it if you walked these footpaths and visited one of these special sites.
Here are some top tips for making sure you have a rangery day while you’re out there:
- Discover your destination. When you’re a ranger every day is a school day, learning something new about each site that you’re visiting – learn about its history, its wildlife, its management or its geology.
- Stretch your legs. Rangers spend much of their day outdoors and on foot, exploring the furthest reaches of the sites they care for. Enjoy the fresh air in your lungs and feel the benefits to your body and mind. Bring sturdy footwear and a waterproof jacket just in case!
- Spot some wildlife and record it. Bring binoculars out with you so you can get a close up view of butterflies and birds which are far away or bring a magnifying glass so you can take a closer look at tiny flowers or insects. Download the iRecord App to share your sightings and contribute to national research and conservation.
- Make the place nicer than when you arrived. Take a bag with you and pick up some litter, always try to go home with more litter than you arrived with. You’ll be helping to protect the environment by making it safer for visitors and wildlife, as well as keeping it beautiful.
- Bring your lunch and eat it outdoors. The first rule of rangering is to never be separated from your lunch; this could lead to drastic consequences so always pack a picnic. For extra ranger points, avoid excess plastic packaging; use reusable sandwich wraps and resealable containers instead.
- Be inspired. Imitate a ranger’s work by creating and improving habitats at home: from installing a pond in your garden, sowing wildflower seeds in your window-box to building a bee hotel, we can all take steps to improve local biodiversity.
Don’t stop there. If you enjoyed any or all of the above suggestions, keep doing your bit and become a Volunteer Ranger.
Use our Volunteering Map to find an opportunity which suits you.