Meet our Ranger: James Monk
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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 Nature Walk at Dawn, 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.