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Ranger revelations

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THEY reckon they have got the best jobs in England, and now Lake District rangers are disclosing the peaks of the post with a worldwide audience. In an online exposé, guardians of the fells and dales disclose the best – and worst – parts of the job as web focus www.lake-district.gov.uk/focusonaranger turns the spotlight on them.

“Our rangers are the area’s eyes and ears, and we wanted to share some of their experiences and thoughts,” said National Park Authority web editor Helen Reynolds. “A lot of people ask how to become a ranger and we thought this was a good way of offering some first-hand advice, even though we are currently not recruiting extra staff. The team talks about how they became involved, often through voluntary conservation work.”

Each month sees a different ranger take centre stage, revealing some surprising snippets.

Encountering an armed man in a car park; two skinny dippers besides a broken-down boat; dealing with requests for raising a World War II Spitfire from Ullswater; and reports of a Black Panther type cat are all in a day’s work. 

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