What We Do
Communities & Conservation
We work with communities to provide practical habitat management in Bucks and the wider Chilterns. We manage 13 nature reserves for Wycombe District Council and help a range of conservation and local authority partners with habitat management in their woodlands, chalk grassland, commons, ponds and chalk streams.
This is all achieved with the help of volunteers – people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, plus community organisations, charities, social enterprises, schools, colleges and other partners all have key roles too.
We have found them (Chiltern Rangers) invaluable not only for their contribution to the strategic plan for the Reserve but also for their advice and development of a detailed management plan for the chalk grassland within the constraints of our DEFRA HLS Agreement. They are so knowledgeable and their enthusiasm is very contagious.
Work parties are very well organised and usually consist of John and Tony supported by a group of community volunteers. The atmosphere is always cheerful and much is achieved in the hours they are on the Reserve. They are often joined by volunteers from the Friends of Holtspur Bank Local Nature Reserve.
Be a Ranger for a Day and other sessions
Businesses of all sizes can become involved through our popular ‘Be a Ranger for a Day’ team building sessions through to our corporate supporter packages.
We offer ‘drag and drop’ conservation sessions to help reach the often forgotten, yet really valuable areas others cannot. This link work will help the Chilterns special places for wildlife to become bigger, better and more joined up – critical for the survival and prosperity of so many species.
We can also provide/produce extensive site management and action plans and advice on other linked topics including how to make successful grant applications.
If you are a local not-for-profit organisation and would like to use our 16-seater community minibus click on Community minibus for information on eligibility and costs.
Thank you so much for a fun filled day
Great day with the team with great support
Why work with us? Award-winning with a proven track record
We are proud and thrilled to have won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017. This is the MBE for businesses and is the highest accolade given to volunteer groups to recognise outstanding work carried out in their communities. Click here for more information: http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/15349450.Conservation_group_celebrates_year_of_success/
Huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers for making this happen. Have a look at our Youtube video below.
We have established a proven track record of innovative partnership working since we spun out from the local authority as a social enterprise in Sept 2013.
We have worked with a number of funders including several parts of the National Lottery delivering projects of a range of sizes – yet always delivering multiple benefits to the environment & community. This was recognised by Bucks Business First in June 2016 when we won Enterprising Charity of the year.
In partnership with HWBIDco, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and Chiltern Railways at High Wycombe train station our creative community conservation project was part of the 5 year Grow Wild UK project which won UK’s Best Environment Project 2016 in the National Lottery Awards!
Committed to making a difference – to people and place
We take our responsibility as a CIC seriously. We are reinvesting surplus generated from our work in the business as we strive to make it sustainable for the longer term. Our pro bono scheme enables us to loan tools and equipment to local community groups. Click on the link for further information. This is how social enterprises can make even more impact year on year rather than making profits to be taken out of the business by shareholders.
Chiltern Rangers is not just a small team, we are now 5 full time and up to 5 part time/seasonal staff. We also use external contractors when appropriate – this includes tree surgeons for larger or more complex tree works and skilled ground workers to help break the back of tough tasks – rather than our own backs!
Matt Drew from ACC Contracting helped us re-design the pond at Funges Meadow last winter.
Our Volunteer Strategy is to engage, train and support our volunteers.
We welcome volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to give us a hand. Whether indoors or out in nature, there are plenty of things you can help us with. All we ask for is enthusiasm!
In the three years from 1st Sept 2013 – 1st Sept 2016, our sessions have delivered over 14,500 hours of volunteer time, delivered through 6,300 volunteer sessions – thank you to all those who have helped. For further information see the Volunteer page
I enjoy the group and fulfilling a purpose. It is something to look forward to each week.
Chiltern Rangers use local suppliers, contractors, staff and organisations wherever possible. We believe a strong local economy is good for us all.
Passionate about our community
We also support young people in particular with training, apprenticeship opportunities, work experience placements and more. Those that are not in education or employment, schools and youth organisations also have a role and we are happy to help them in more vocational ways they can work towards qualifications such as AQAs too.
Partnering with Chiltern Rangers to manage your part of the Chilterns, means you are also contributing to provide opportunities to the community to participate in conservation in your area.
How we can help you
Our team of Rangers can help with advice and or practical help to enable land owners to manage their land to benefit wildlife, the community and to meet their obligations. See How we can help for further information.