Ranger Richie joined Bird Aware Solent at the start of the summer as our new lead ranger. He brings with him a love of wildlife as well as a huge amount of leadership experience, having managed teams for many years at a major UK retailer.
Here he talks about what he’s looking forward to at Bird Aware.
As lead ranger I’m lucky to have a dual role at Bird Aware. I get to go out and about on the coast, interacting with member of the public and sharing my passion for birds, while, at the same time, I get to work on the administration and direction of what we do, working alongside our stakeholders.
I’ve been aware of Bird Aware Solent for some years now, following their work on social media. So when the opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance to join them.
I’m keen to make the most of the brilliant work the team are already doing, and then use my newcomer’s perspective to take advantage of other opportunities we maybe haven’t considered yet.
Oystercatcher in flight
Until now, my involvement with birds has been focused more around woodland species: probably my all-time favourite would be a grey wagtail. Some people might think they’re a bit dull for a favourite but to me they just seem incredibly happy birds. It’s joyous watching their little backsides dip up and down.
In terms of birds out on the coast: I love seeing an oystercatcher. Just the flash of colour as they race along the mudflats is something that’s a delight to see.