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FAVOURITE WALK: National Trust Ranger Gregg Wilson

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

RANGER: Gregg Wilson has been a National Trust ranger for years.

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Name: Gregg Wilson

Position: Ranger for seven years.

Area: 3,000 acres stretching from Burrough Farm at the Torridge Estuary along the North Devon coast to the Cornish Border at Welcombe. We also manage a magnificent parkland, Dunsland, near Holsworthy.

Look out for: Carpets of bluebells, primroses, dog violets and early purple orchids in Beckland Woods on Hartland, and foxgloves, ragged robin, and southern marsh orchids in the Peppercombe Valley.

Try: A visit to Dunsland Estate which contains an array of rare lichens, ancient oak, lime and chestnut trees and a splendid display of rhododendrons flowering in May. Once the magnificent parklands to a great Tudor house, it's a site which has a sense of time gone by, and a place where you can enjoy complete tranquillity.

Best bit of the job: The confidence that I'm making a difference, whether directly through practical conservation work or simply by inspiring the next generation to enjoy and care for the outdoors as much as I do.

I especially love the anticipation of spring, and when it finally comes, the life, excitement and optimism it brings.

Worst part of the job: Sitting at my desk.

My Favourite View: The brilliance of vivid pinks and yellows adorning the cliffs at Welcombe and Southole as the heather and gorse burst into flower. And the breathtaking views of Bideford Bay from Windury Head, the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort on the Hartland Peninsula, 142m above sea level.

PS: When you reach the cliffs at Peppercombe look seaward and you might spot grey seals, porpoise, dolphins, and birds such as fulmars, cormorants and manx shearwaters, if you're lucky.

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