About the Ranger Service

Our Rangers care passionately about Dartmoor, and encourage people who enjoy it to join them in their appreciation and upkeep of this special place. Dartmoor National Park has been represented strongly on the ground by its Ranger Service since 1963, when Tony Owen-Evans was first appointed Dartmoor Head Warden. Today our Rangers, including full time and part time officers, and volunteer wardens, are the main interface between the National Park Authority, local communities, landowners, partner agencies and visitors.

The Rangers role is varied and over 365 days of the year includes:-

  • Byelaw enforcement under the Commons Act 1985
  • Public Rights of Way and practical conservation work
  • Educating and advising
  • Assisting emergency services
  • Research, surveying and monitoring

The ranger team is CSAS trained (Community safety accreditation scheme) in association with the Police.

For more information on individual Rangers and the areas they cover click on the map.

Reporting an incident

If you think we should be aware of an incident on Dartmoor, please use the information on this page to report.

Report an incident