Ranger Service

Ranger Service

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Rangers at work

The 10,000 acre, 26 mile long Lee Valley Regional Park is looked after by a dedicated team of 22 full-time and part-time rangers who perform a variety of duties to ensure that it remains a valuable nature and conservation location.

The park contains some of Britain’s rarest wildlife species, eights Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a designation reserved for the country’s very best wildlife sites and an array of open spaces and waterways. The rangers are responsible for maintaining these areas and their ecological balance so that they can be enjoyed by diverse communities from across the region.

The Authority’s ranger team is split into two covering two distinct areas:

North Area team covers all parts of the park north of the M25 motorway from Ware and Stansted Abbots down to River Lee Country Park, Waltham Abbey and Cheshunt.

South Area team covers all parts of the park south of the M25 motorway from Rammey Marsh and Gunpowder Park through Tottenham Marshes, Walthamstow Marshes down to Bow Creek and East India Dock Basin.

The rangers duties involve:

  • day to day management, patrolling and monitoring of sites
  • carrying out minor routine repairs and maintenance in the Park
  • carrying out wildlife habitat management work consistent with the Park’s Biodiversity Action Plan e.g. tree management and planting, reed management, scrub clearance, pond management
  • producing management and work plans for all the open space sites, and working towards Green Flag award status for key sites
  • monitoring wildlife habitats and species
  • developing and delivering projects to improve access and wildlife habitats
  • monitoring contractors carrying out work in the open spaces
  • carrying out wildlife species and habitat surveys such as birds, wildflowers and dragonflies
  • working with our Youth and Schools Department on the development and delivery of education programmes
  • developing and implementing guided walks/talks
  • delivering our own events and enabling other organisations to run events on the open spaces
  • working with local communities and involving them to improve the open space sites
  • running volunteer conservation tasks including corporate and youth groups
  • assisting visitors to the park with any enquiries and provide information about the open spaces.
  • responding to any on-site incidents and emergencies.

To find out more information about the Ranger Service or to report an incident ring 01992 709880.

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