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A day in the life of a Park Ranger, Simon’s Story

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Park Rangers Simon and Danni work across the city to help improve parks, nature reserves, local wildlife sites and open spaces for both the public and for wildlife.

Between the two of them, they run a majority of the Nottingham Green Guardian volunteering sessions around the city including conservation session, bench restoration, gardening and tree planting as well as running activities and events such as archery, wildlife walks and wreath making.


Simon is heading off to Whitemoor Nature Reserve to meet volunteers for a one of our roaming conservation sessions. He will meet volunteers at the River Leen Greenway next to Wilkinson Street Tram Stop.

‘My day starts with a quick check of our volunteer portal so I can see how many people we are expecting, then it’s off to our store room to select the right tools for the task ahead, make sure I have enough PPE and put the kettle on to fill up the hot water flasks so volunteers can have a well-deserved tea break.’

Whitemoor Nature Reserve comprises a section of the River Leen, with a variety of habitat styles including coarse grassland, bramble scrub, terrestrial reedbed, mixed broadleaved woodland habitats, occasional open-grown willows, a seeded wildflower area, two wildlife ponds and a marsh.

Upright Coral Fungi found at Whitemoor Nature Reserve
Speckled Wood Butterfly found at Whitemoor Nature Reserve

Upright Coral Fungi and Speckled Wood Butterfly at Whitemoor Nature Reserve

Today at Whitemoor, the Nottingham Green Guardian are working in an area of newly planted trees to clear the encroaching bramble scrub, this will give the trees the best chance of making it to maturity.

Even though Whitemoor Nature Reserve is in the heart of Basford and surrounded by a highly urban environment there is plenty of wildlife to see, from Speckled Wood butterflies in November to Coral fungi (clavarioid) and if you’re lucky then the occasional water vole.

A quick detour after the volunteers have finished takes Simon to Quarry Holes Nature Reserve in Cinderhill to check on progress being made by contractors to clear an area of Russian vine (Fallopia baldschuanica) which is a non-native invasive plant that is trying to out-compete varied native flora on site and do a litter pick so that the area is more welcoming for visitors and a much better habitat for the wildlife.

Back at the office and a quick check of emails lets me know that our Wildlife Monitor volunteers have been out and about doing surveys on our nature reserves, Beeston Sidings has had an array of birds this month and sighting of Bank vole which is quite exciting.

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