Introducing the team
Steve - Senior Ranger (Operations)
I'm Senior Ranger Steve. I am in charge of the Ranger team managing the work load, finances, health and safety and keeping an overall eye on what's going on and what needs to go on across all of our sites. I'm always planning ahead, a day, a week, a month, six months and even a year in advance. For example, we start planning and organising autumn / winter works in the previous spring. Before becoming the Senior Ranger I was the Ranger for Odiham Common but I've worked on all the sites a lot, so know them really well.
Leigh - Senior Ranger (Visitor Services)
I'm Leigh, Senior Ranger for Visitor Services. I look after the elements of the visitor experience across our sites, including biodiversity improvements and environmental enhancements. I'm also responsible for project planning, management plans and Green Flag Award. I have an interest in reptiles. I even have my rare reptile survey license and enjoy doing reptile surveys throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire. I also have a particular interest in bats.
Nick - Maintenance Ranger
I'm Ranger Nick, my responsibilities are for Fleet Pond, Elvetham Heath, and volunteer coordination. I also participate in anything historical, namely the restoration of WW2 structures across the district. I run the volunteer work party at Fleet Pond and in and around Hartley Wintney. I have a particular interest in bats, history and gardening for wildlife. I have a phobia of moths which I try not to let get in the way of my interest in bats.
Dave - Trees & Woodlands Ranger
I'm David, I am the Ranger responsible for trees and woodlands, and I’m likely to be seen on any of our sites driving our John Deere tractor. I've been a Warden / Ranger for about 30 years for many organisations and charities in the South East. As well as having a lot of machinery experience, I'm also a good all round naturalist, but best known by my bird watching skills as I am a certified bird ringer.
Phil - Grazing Ranger
My name is Phil and I'm responsible for overseeing the grazing programme across our sites, keeping a watchful eye on the cows and habitats. My job is to make sure that grazing on our countryside sites works for the animals, the wildlife and the many Hart residents and visitors. Being a ranger is such varied work, so throughout the year I get involved with many udder tasks as well. I have a keen interest in field botany and a good knowledge of British ecology.
Chantelle - Marketing and Education Ranger
I’m Chantelle, the Marketing and Education Ranger. Everything marketing related falls to me, including managing our social media accounts and website, writing press releases, creating leaflets and arranging the year’s events. I also co-ordinate the creation and installation of noticeboards, signs, waymarkers and interpretation across all of our sites, and lead uniformed group visits across the sites as well. My roots are based in Marine Biology, with a degree in the sector and an interest in marine mammals. However, I am learning a lot working for Hart, and it’s nice to look at some green rather than blue for a change!
Callum - Trainee Ranger
I'm Callum, the trainee ranger. My role allows me to assist the other rangers with a variety of tasks to manage Hart’s Countryside sites, increasing both the benefit to wildlife and enjoyment for the public. Since my appointment in October 2016, I have been incredibly busy undertaking activities such as reed bed management, assisting with volunteer groups and felling hazardous trees. Making a positive difference to our fragile ecosystem and inspiring people to think differently is a daily reward.