Horsey Ranger Hannah Blades celebrates World Ranger Day
World Ranger Day both commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures. Our team of rangers at the Norfolk Coast and Broads property stand alongside our global colleagues in caring for the natural environment and helping the survival of our wildlife. Our Horsey Ranger Hannah shares some of her work with us.
In the wildlife and sensory garden the re-laid paving has increased accessibility, enabling more of our visitors to enjoy the garden.
The garden is also being frequented by a wide variety of wildlife including; Swallowtail butterflies seen feeding on the Dame’s -violet, (Hesperis matronalis), and the rare Yellow Loosestrife bee feeding on the Yellow Loosestrife ( Lysimachia vulgaris) in the pond. The yellow loosestrife bee is generally only found in wetland habitats where their main forage food the yellow loosestrife can be found.
At the back of the wildlife garden a willow tunnel has been added to encourage the younger generation to enjoy the garden (and the young at heart).
During the winter the tunnel is going to be extended so it joins up with the paving in the garden. The garden is maintained all year round by our dedicated team of Ranger volunteers, resulting in a garden full of plants that can enjoyed by both nature and visitors alike.
The orchard at Horsey has also had a variety of improvements and additions made to it over recent months. The entrance way off the over-flow carpark has been given an upgrade.
The orchard meadow has been awash with different wild flowers, including; Ladys bedstraw, Germander speedwell, Common mouse-ear, and both red and white clover.
We are in the process of building a bug hotel and once complete it will provide an overwinter home for a range of different insects. In the spring, the top will be covered in early nectar plants, like crocuses which will provide pollinator species a nectar boost.
The far end of the orchard has also seen some construction work in the form of a grass tidy.
During the winter months we shall be making a willow bower to go over the orchard bench and seeding more varieties of wild flowers ready for spring.
World Ranger Day and its origins
World Ranger Day is observed each year on the last day of July and is celebrated by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF’s) member Associations, The Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organisations, schools and individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF worldwide.
For more information on World Ranger Day please click here