Out and about with the South East Cornwall rangers

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We care for around 2,800 acres from the Fowey Estuary to Whitsand Bay. Our work consists of a wide range of activities and you can often see us out and about. Here is the short description of our main areas of work, but if you see us while visiting the area and want to know more about the work we do, just ask.

Coastal grassland conservation

Our ranger team look after an extensive network of sites that are rich in wildflowers, grasses and other species. Restoration of the grasslands has taken years of hard work by staff and volunteers and been a great success. The work changes with the seasons and includes a wide range of tasks. These include scrub control, haymaking, bracken rolling, fencing and the removal of invasive species from the coastal areas. However, the most important work is done by our unsung heroes - our small herds of Dartmoor ponies and Dexter cattle who graze the cliffs all year round.

Looking after footpaths

To help you explore South East Cornwall we look after over 30 miles of footpaths along the coast and inland. Work goes on all year round clearing vegetation and maintaining the steps, bridges and gates throughout the footpath network. These paths are a fantastic way for visitors to discover the secluded coves and wooded creeks in the area.

Community engagement

Our work means that we get involved in many aspects of community life in the area, from hosting scout camps to helping out with school activities and putting on events such as our annual family funday.  We have been able to create new allotments and community growing spaces and also provide outdoor classrooms for local schools.

Volunteering

This is just a short overview of some of the work we are involved in on a day to day basis. If you would like to get involved with the ranger team in South East Cornwall please send us an email. We have volunteers helping out on open days for the Gribbin Daymark, doing dormouse surveys and even taking photos of the area and the work we do. At certain times of year we also have opportunities for people looking for work experience through our internships and summer placements programme.

Read about one of our full-time volunteer's experiences