It’s been nearly 8 weeks since we started as Beach Rangers. It has flown by but we have been hard at work managing Woolacombe beach and its sand dunes as well as engaging with the public in a variety of activities including beach games, family volunteering and the extremely popular Rockpool Rambles at Barricane beach.
An average day for a Beach Ranger consists of carrying out a litter pick through the dunes, along the beach and around Mill Rock and then scouting the area for any hidden campers and asking them politely to move along. Once the routine duties have been completed the general management of the area needs to be carried out. This includes the repair of the beach fence that prevents visitors from entering a conservation area and the up keep of the numerous coast paths and bridleways that pass through the sand dunes. This allows access for a variety of visitors including horse riders and walkers.
Engaging with visitors and working groups has also been a major part of our role as beach rangers. Our work has been assisted by groups such as the Youth Discovery Group that joined us during August and Family Volunteers that carried out a thorough beach clean. So to those groups we say a massive thank you for all your hard work. The rock pool rambles on Barricane beach have been popular as always with up to 70 people joining on some of the dates.
It has been a fantastic summer working as a beach ranger. Dream job!
Josh, Ed and Fi