Meet our Ranger: James Monk

Our Rangers are a vital part of protecting the nature amongst the forest. Find out about the person who works behind the scenes to keep our wildlife friends happy and healthy all year round at Longleat Forest

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My story

I’ve always been an outdoor person and have had a lifelong interest in wildlife. I became really interested in bushcraft and wild foods while I was working on a building site. I began to find out which plants and fungi were edible and in 1993 I went to college to study ecology, conservation and wildlife management. It was then that I began to work at Longleat Forest.

Why do I love being a Ranger?

I get to see some fascinating sights, such as being feet away from a roe deer or spotting the first edible fungi of the year. I keep an eye out for sightings of a tiny rare bird called the firecrest, too.

Where and when can you meet me?

When I’m not conducting a wide range of wildlife surveys, I am likely exploring the forest and monitoring activity because I like to make the most of working in a natural environment.

On your next break in the forest get involved with our outdoor activities. From Tots Go Wild and Nature Detectives aimed to give your little ones a taste of the wonderful wildlife to Woodland Awakening a perfect activity for the whole family to get outdoors. Take in the sights of the forest and learn expertise knowledge from our Rangers during your break.

To find out more about our Rangers, read our blog post exploring the day in the life of a Senior Conservation Ranger.

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