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 Ranger Service is made up of full time and part time officers, and volunteer wardens. They 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.
Body worn video cameras
From time to time our Rangers may use body worn video cameras, this is to protect their health, safety and welfare by reducing the risk of incidents of verbal and physical abuse towards them.
View the Ranger Map for more information on individual Rangers and the areas they cover.