Park Farm Environmental, Countryside and Wildlife DofE Residential Rangers Course

An Approved Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residential Course Booking informationDirections and travel arrangements

2018 summer dates on the “booking information”page 

This course is based on a City and Guilds Environmental induction course, and is designed to help students get a feel of what it would be like to be a Ranger /Warden, say in a National Park or for the National Trust.

The week will be a team building experience, with the chance to learn new skills, your instructors will guide you through the Environmental decision making and identification prossess.

We have added other elements such as clay shooting to brake the course up and make for a more fun and competitive experience.

DofE Rangers Course

Approved Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residential Course
£450/person
Booking information

Course content

Animal tracking: Learning the deferent animal tracks, signs and movements of the key animals in woodland and Farm land, age, size and timings.

Field craft: Fire lighting, stick making, eating wild foods, shelter making, orientation, tool and equipment handling.

Pond and River dipping for Invertebrates

Clay, rifle and archery target shooting: Clay pigeon shooting tuition with world champion Abbey Ling with safety and weapons training. Small bore rifle shooting at targets with Safety and Weapons Training and Archery Tuition

Outdoor Risk assessments: You will learn how to do RAs on foot paths, and public places, in woodland and open spaces, assessing dangers and public safety.

Fly fishing and water quality: Learn the signs of good and bad water quality in rivers and streams, Invertebrates and water creatures, Asses the flow and cross-section of rivers and streams, Fly fishing tuition and fish care.

Wildlife cameras: Learn how and were to set Wildlife Cameras, identify and log animal and bird movements.

Tree and plant identification: You will learn how to identify and grade trees for health, timber, thinning and culling, identify plant health issues. Flower and plant identification

Game and deer management: Get experience with  Deer management , game control and rearing, interaction between farm and conservation.

Reptile handling and species recognition

Countryside law: Learn about the law relating to wild animals, birds, Florta and fauna, what is legal and illegal

Boundaries & hedges: habitat and species, links and Hedges, animal corridors, hedge row food and management.

Lichens and mosses: Gain a deeper understanding of Atlantic woodland ecology and the requirements of lichens and bryophytes, Monitor lichens and bryophytes, and assess the impacts of management intervention.

Bio security: insuring that plants and trees are not compromised by bad husbandry , identifying diseases in plants and animals.
Outdoor Safety and first aid training

 

You will need to bring with you

Stout Walking boots, personal cloths for out doors ( neutral colours) Water proof coat and over trousers and leisure time wear,  Sleeping bag, personal toiletries and any medication you may need, a good camera and binoculars, if you have not got those then you need to beg, or borrow as there will be some great photo opportunities.

What you don't need to bring

Pillows and pillow cases, all course paper work and pens provided, calculators, clip boards, measuring devises, safety equipment, all food and drink provided.

Where you will be staying

Park Farm is a working Farm set in The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it has its own 150 ha woodland as well as access to 700 ha of Forestry Commission forest. Park Farm also has 170 ha of grass and Park land as the holding was a former medieval Deer Park, situated 2 miles from Wellington Somerset.

It’s a mile from the nearest dwelling.

Students stay in modern large stand up tents in the farm orchard, fitted with camp beds, electric lights and seating. There are hot showers, toilets, drying facilities, kit store ect in the Bothy along with TV and games room. The Bothy also has a kitchen with a help yourself breakfast with snacks, drinks available all day, lunch will be outside between activities , the evening meal will be home cooked with fresh farm produce, Juice, and Game in the farm house kitchen.

John and his team of rangers are all DBS (CRB) cecked and hold first aid certifcates, they have been running these courses for many years. Many students from this course go on to train to be full time Countryside Rangers. Jo , John’s wife is an expert cook and teaches cookery on another course. The course is limited to 8 students per week, arriving on a Sunday evening and leaving mid day on the Friday.

Physical fitness and stamina

You will need to be fit enough to walk over rough ground,. we consider the safety of the group and general fitness is important. Due to the nature of the courses we are afraid it may not be suitable for some disabilities (please get in touch). Groups are between 6 and 8 and students are encouraged to act as a team as well as individuals.

Directions and travel arrangements

Please advise – your travel arrangements to Wellington (we do need to know your plans, however you are travelling).

Please try to arrange to arrive at our venue on Sunday between 17:00 and 17.30 if by car

Directions to Park Farm

  • from M5 J26   exit roundabout follow signs to Wellington, at the next roundabout take first exit onto A38 . Follow A38 for app 2 miles then on brow of hill turn left into STALLARDS, take the second turning right into a no through road and then take the next left into Park Lane. Go under the motorway bridge – approx 1 mile to the farm.
  • from M5 J27 follow A38 to wellington (approx 5 miles) at next roundabout take second exit, following the A38, and then after half a mile take third turning right into STALLARDS (on brow of hill) take second turning right into a no through road and then take next left into Park Lane. Go under the motorway bridge – approx 1 mile to the farm.

By bus or train

Collection at TIVERTON PARKWAY train station is between 5pm and 5.30pm Please let us know if you need picking up

By arrangement

The National Express bus arrives at WELLINGTON Bus Station at 16.30 and 17.00.

If you would like us to meet you please advise us of your TIME OF DEPARTURE as well as the arrival time at Tiverton Parkway train station or Wellington if coming by coach.

Departure on the Friday

At the end of the course on Friday

Car travelers may leave at 12 pm on Friday.

Please arrange to catch a train departing Tiverton Parkway between 12 pm and 1 pm

The National Express bus leaves Wellington at 12.35.