Paul Ratcliffe, Ranger
"I work on both sites however I spend the majority of my time at Queenswood dealing with the native woodland and the arboretum. Most of the work is for habitat management or visitor access, infrastructure and interpretation.
I particularly enjoy being able to respond directly to issues that arise on the sites, whether it’s a member of the public trying to find an individual adopted tree or organising and carrying out path repair work after storm damage."
Trevor Hulme, Ranger
"I divide my time between the two sites, tackling a range of habitat management and maintenance tasks, as well as getting involved with some interesting project initiatives. We always make time to discuss site management with visitors who express an interest, and lead guided walks on a range of topics.
Ecological monitoring is an aspect of the work I find particularly interesting. This contributes to national surveys and to our local knowledge as well as helping to guide decisions about site management."
Hayley Herridge, Engagement Officer
"I started my career in Herefordshire as a LEMUR trainee, and have gone on to work in the WildPlay engagement team at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. I am an ecologist with a passion for engaging more people of all ages with nature. My work at Queenswood and Bodenham see me lead on the development of our programme of events and activities that seek to connect more people with nature at these two beautiful sites."
Michael Mackinnon, Queenswood Shop & Event Supervisor
"I have a degree in zoology and have worked as a seashore biologist in Ireland, a Ranger on Lundy Island and a seabird Warden on the Farne Islands. I was a LEMUR trainee with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust before becoming Shop & Visitor Centre manager for Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in Tobermory. Before embarking on a career on conservation I worked at Woolworths for 12 years. I’m looking forward to combining my retail experience with my passion for nature in the exciting new shop at Queenswood Country Park."