Meet our new Countryside Ranger
You may have already met Bethan. For the past two years she has been welcoming visitors to the estate as part of Blickling’s visitor welcome team; and she also spent this year’s gorgeous summer at Dunwich Heath, a popular National Trust spot in Suffolk. But she's just started a new role as a Countryside Ranger.
Bethan has a real passion and fascination with the natural world and enjoys all aspects of countryside management and conservation, from wildlife monitoring to delivering fun, hands-on experiences for families.
A natural progression
She originates from Shropshire but has made her home in rural Norfolk, having come to the county originally to study. After completing her degree in Biology at Keele University, she developed an interest in plants and their pests and pathogens during her Masters in Bath, which naturally led her to a position at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
" It’s great to be back at Blickling, bursting with ideas for my new role. Alongside the Ranger team I’ll be extending Blickling’s warm welcome out into the parkland and, with any luck, inspiring our visitors with the amazing conservation work that goes all year round on this quintessential Norfolk estate. What a privilege it is to be a part of it."
Getting connected to the landscape
With four dogs (yes, four!), most of Bethan’s spare time is spent walking. “There’s no more effective way to take time out of our busy lives for ourselves, and get connected to the land and the wildlife we share it with by watching the seasons change around us. Imagine my delight then to be appointed a Ranger at beautiful Blickling, custodian of some of my favourite local walks!”
A new role
Bethan will be focusing on engagement with the estate’s visitors and sharing the National Trust’s important conservation work. This new role has been funded by income generated from car parking charges paid by visitors to the estate and the support of National Trust members.