Bev Lagden: Access Ranger
As Access Ranger Bev aims to develop local partnerships and enhance access through sign maintenance, interpretation and path improvements. She also aspires to remove social barriers and aid access to information while balancing management at the sites for the conservation of the nationally and internationally important species.
During her time at the Urban Heaths Partnership Bev developed a keen interest in conservation of fragmented heathland in south-east Dorset. She hopes to bring her individual skills and knowledge into this major project to help secure the natural heritage for people living in The Great Heath area today and to preserve it for the future generations to enjoy. Bev is excited that her work will deliver a real and lasting infrastructure while working as part of the team to enshrine The Great Heath as a natural treasure for the local community.
While acting as a seasonal warden at Durlston Country Park, Bev was fortunate to see the courtship ritual of the only native venomous snake in the British Isles, the famous 'dance of the adders'. She feels that these snakes embody the purpose of the project as from a conservation point of view they are of particular concern and they thrive on both the heathland and the complementary sites. She regrets that these are not a hugely popular species in the eyes of the public and believes this need to be addressed as on a personal level, she finds the zig-zag adorned adder a fascinating species.