Coniston and Little Langdale Rangers
Our Coniston and Little Langdale Ranger Team look after nearly 4200 hectares of valleys, lakes and fells. The area has a wide range of landscapes and habitats including fifteen tenanted farms and around 650 hectares of woodlands, as well as lakeshores, moorlands, wetlands and remote fell tops.
Caring for the countryside
Thousands of you visit this part of the Lakes every year to enjoy the stunning landscape, so maintaining this countryside is an ongoing job for our Rangers to ensure that visitors can continue to enjoy it forever.
Daily tasks could range from woodland management to fence maintenance, or hedge laying to building a bird feeding station.
It is a vital part of the Rangers’ role to build relationships with tenant farmers and other stakeholders, to ensure they can all run successful businesses while also providing the other benefits we all want from the land; like increased biodiversity, clean water, carbon storage, or a place to go for a revitalising walk.
Projects that the south Lakes rangers have been working on recently have included working with tenant farmers to deliver an increase in biodiversity along watercourses, which also improves water quality and can help alleviate flooding.
This is often part of the farmer’s ‘Higher Level Stewardship’ agreement with Natural England; a type of government funding to help them achieve environmental benefits, and to ease the difficult balancing act between food production and all the other factors affecting sustainable countryside management.
We also rely on other grants and generous donations to achieve important projects like these.
If you come across our ‘Rangers in red’ when out and about in the south Lakes, do stop and say hello. They have a wealth of knowledge about countryside management, wildlife and the local area and are always happy to answer your questions and share their experience with you.
You can also follow the team and keep up to date with their latest projects, via the Ranger’s weekly blog.