Meet the rangers

Our Countryside Rangers manage the country parks and countryside sites for everyone to enjoy.

The rangers perform a wide variety of management duties in the parks including helping visitors with enquiries, carrying out practical estate work, conservation work, environmental education and organising events and activities.

We aim to have a ranger attending a country park every day during normal working hours (except Christmas Day). The rangers regularly patrol all of our country parks.  These patrols help them to monitor any maintenance problems and provide an efficient response to any issues.

The presence of rangers in their familiar and distinctive uniform can be a very reassuring sight for visitors to the countryside.  We hope that knowing a ranger is about every day will encourage everyone to visit the parks with confidence.

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  • Dan Doyle - Senior Ranger Dan Doyle - Senior Ranger

    Dan started volunteering at Irchester when he was doing the environmental section of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. He enjoyed volunteering and working with the team so much that he decided to enrol on a Countryside Management course at Moulton College after finishing school.

    During his studies, Dan continued to volunteer as a work placement and once he had finished his studies an assistant ranger position opened up for him covering Irchester, Fermyn and Barnwell Country Park. Dan applied for this position and was successful! He started working for the country parks team back in 2008. After a few years of building up his skills, Dan became the ranger for Irchester Country Park and from that a few years later he became the senior ranger for the park.

  • Chris Jones - Ranger Chris Jones - Ranger

    ​Chris started his working career in the retail sector for Marks and Spencer, where he worked for 20 years. In 2005 he started volunteering with Croal Irwell Ranger Service in Manchester and enjoyed it so much that he decided a change in career was in order.

    Chris enrolled on Ecology and Conservation management course at university. After university he gained a volunteer intern position working for the National Trust at Glencoe, working closely alongside the education, ecology and deer stalker rangers. Chris' first paid position was working on a countryside estate outside Glasgow. After this he volunteered fulltime with the National Trust at Wicken Fen by being a seasonal ranger at Kingsbury Park in Warwickshire before gaining a full time position at Irchester Country Park.

Irchester Country Park

Irchester Country Park

about 7 days ago

Park update: The Park is now back open but please be careful when driving on the parks roads and use the car parks that have been cleared of snow. Tha...

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Irchester Country Park

Irchester Country Park

about 8 days ago

Due to the snow the car parks are closed at the park until further notice. But good news if you can walk in, the cafe is still open

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Irchester Country Park

Irchester Country Park

about 10 days ago

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Irchester Country Park

Irchester Country Park

about 17 days ago

Little Irchester Wildlife

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Irchester Country Park

Irchester Country Park

about 17 days ago

Little Irchester Wildlife

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