West Lancashire Ranger Service

The Ranger Service

Friends of Tawd Valley work closely with the Parks and Countryside Ranger Service who are based at the Visitor Centre at Beacon Country Park, Upholland. There is also a  Ranger Office in Coronation Park, Ormskirk.

For general enquiries about any of our sites please contact the Rangers’ office using beacon.park@westlancs.gov.uk or by telephoning 01695 622794.

The team 

Head Ranger: Dan Massey
Email: daniel.massey@westlancs.gov.uk

Countryside Rangers: Ben Basson, Chris Horsfall, Hannah Murphy and Hallam Sullivan.
Email: ben.basson@westlancs.gov.ukchris.horsfall@westlancs.gov.uk, hannah.murphy@westlanc.go.uk, hallam.sullivan@westlancs.gov.uk

There is also a small team of assistant rangers who join the team at busy periods throughout the year and a dedicated team of hard working volunteers from the local community.

What they do

The Parks and Countryside Service work with other departments across the council and local conservation groups to co-ordinate the management of all of sites.

A Ranger’s role is very varied. Our priority is making sure that sites remain safe and secure for all visitors. Management is focused to include a good balance of conservation, education and recreation.

Responsibilities and work include:

  • Events and visitor services
  • Site patrolling and inspections
  • Habitat Creation and Management
  • Access management and Improvements
  • Heritage and Wildlife Conservation
  • Woodland Management
  • Environmental Education 
  • Community Outreach and Involvement