Something I love about being an Educational Ranger at CONKERS is having the opportunity to observe the day to day life of the wildlife we having living at the within the 120 acres of woodland.
The experience of seeing chicks hatching from eggs and progressing on to being fledglings has been particularly wonderful. We’ve had several geese pairs raising their broods on our lake which our visitors love to see as the goslings are quite confident about coming up to people in search of food!My favourite animal to watch when I get the chance has been the pair of Great Crested Grebes who recently added three chicks to their family. The Grebe is brilliant to watch as it dives under the water hunting for fish, disappearing for surprisingly long times, zipping around after its prey before popping back up above the surface with a small fish clamped in its beak. The Grebe is well known for its spectacular mating dance which is well worth looking up a video of as they appear to dance together on the water. I hope to see the chicks learning to fly as the summer progresses, getting to see such things and share the moments with our visitors is why I enjoy my job so much.
Written by Tom Stanley. We hope you enjoyed reading about the life of a Ranger at CONKERS. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter (scroll down to the bottom of the page)!