Meet Dark Peak Volunteer Adam Brown

Ranger Volunteer, Kinder

Adam Brown - Ranger Volunteer

Adam Brown is a Ranger Volunteer for the Peak District, spending his time helping Rangers in the Snake Pass, Derwent, Kinder and Edale areas.

Guided walk across Edale valley

How did you get started as a volunteer, and what were the circumstances?

I applied to be a Peak Ranger in July 2015, having seen the ‘get involved’ heading when I applied to become a member of the National Trust. So the website is a winner!

What does your role involve? 

An incredible range of work, from ditch digging, hedge laying, tree planting, and fence building, to monitoring walks and lately cotton grass planting and vegetation monitoring. This is done in various locations ranging from the valleys to the tops. Weather can be from frightful to warm and sunny so you need to be prepared.

We’re blocking up the gullies to try to keep the peat in place
Wardens working on the drainage of the blanket peat on the High Peak Estate, in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire
We’re blocking up the gullies to try to keep the peat in place

How does your role contribute to the work of the National Trust?

This work all helps bring about the Vision for the next 50 years which the National Trust has for the High Peak Moors, which includes a vibrant wildlife, healthy peat, and more trees in the valleys and cloughs.

What do you enjoy about the role you are doing?

The sheer variety of what the Rangers do, and of course in a wonderful part of the world. I also love learning new skills such as hedge laying, wall building, and how to use the GPS and Radio.

What sorts of wildlife have you seen?

I have seen Mountain Hares, Curlew, Grouse and Lapwing.

Look out for mountain hares as you walk on the moor
Mountain hare sitting on snow
Look out for mountain hares as you walk on the moor

Do you prefer using a map and compass, or GPS?

I am happy using the map and compass and am still trying to master the GPS.

What do you look forward to when you’ve been out in the rain and mist all day?

What do I look forward to after volunteering? Of course a pint at my local!

What do you always take in your packed lunch?

The packed lunch is varied but the flask always has Bovril in it.