Young Rangers conserving the countryside
This year young people have been getting stuck into conservation work across the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, with two ‘Young Ranger’ groups up and running in the area.
Young Rangers is perfect for young people who want to learn more about the amazing landscape on their doorstep and don’t mind getting messy working and exploring in the great outdoors. The Young Ranger groups get involved in practical conservation work, wildlife surveying, visit ancient hillforts and enjoy recreational activities available to us locally.
The Clwydian Range Young Rangers group is based at Moel Famau and Loggerheads Country Park, and is open to young people aged 11 to 18. This group started in 2012 and past young rangers have continued to volunteer with the Countryside service as young adults with one now a member of staff.
Dee Valley Young Rangers started just over a year ago. Open to 11-16 year olds, this group has undertaken a wide range of activities working alongside some of our partner organisations and learning about the importance of the work taking place in the Valley.
Young Rangers helping the Canal and Rivers Trust with some cutting back at the Llangollen Mooring Basin. This was then rewarded with an afternoon of canoeing on the canal!
A very cold morning was spent helping the Llangollen Heritage Railway clear vegetation from the railway embankment. This will allow passengers to enjoy a view of the River Dee. In the afternoon they were kindly given a tour of the working railway sheds in Llangollen by volunteer, Bob Jacques.
Young Rangers have worked on Coed Pen y Pigyn near Corwen which we manage in partnership with Natural Resource Wales. They take out invasive tree species and coppice others to help bring the woodland back into a good condition. They also practice their bush craft skills and explore the area.
Ros Stockdale, Community Partnership Officer for the AONB in the Dee Valley said:
“It’s great to get young people out into the countryside learning new skills and about the area that they live in. We have a great summer of events coming up where we’ll hopefully encounter some of the amazing wildlife we have here.”
Did you know there are more than 250 different species of bee in the UK! Around 225 solitary bees, 24 bumblebees, and just one single honey bee species. The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Young Ranger groups had a great day at Coed Nercwys with our Partnership Officer who is jointly employed by CRADV AONB and Natural Resources Wales, learning all about bees and other pollinators.
Equipped with nets and bug viewers, the Young Rangers set off in and around the Old Enclosure catching and identifying pollinators and also looking under rocks to see what other creepy crawlies they could find!
After lunch they got suited up to visit a local honey bee hive, located just outside of Coed Nercwys. Here the Young Rangers learnt about the importance of beekeeping, bee behaviour within their hive and also some tips on beekeeping.
Meeting once a month, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Young Ranger groups are perfect for young people aged between 11 and 18 who want to learn more about the amazing landscape on their doorstep, getting involved in practical conservation work, wildlife surveying, visiting ancient hillforts and experiencing fun recreational activities in the area such as canoeing on Llangollen canal or cycling around Coed Llandegla!
If you would like more information about our Young Ranger Groups, please contact:
Clwydian Range group: Vicky Knight 01824 71 2747, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dee Valley group: Ros Stockdale 01824 71 2794, email@example.com