The Ranger Service manages areas of countryside for public access, recreation, and wildlife and nature conservation.
This includes 32 Key Countryside Sites including Dare Valley Country Park and Barry Sidings Countryside Park. These include a wide range of landscapes; for example, reclaimed industrial sites such as Rhondda Fach River Corridor and long-established habitats such as Glyncornel Local Nature Reserve, an ancient oak woodland. Work is done to manage areas of Council- owned land, such as the wild zones in Ynysangharad Park and the meadows at Cefn y Parc Cemetery, for nature conservation.
Management aims to integrate nature conservation, landscape, access and recreation concerns, providing places for everyone to enjoy and learn from. This work involves improving cycle tracks, rights of ways vegetation clearance and signage, barrier access control, permissive routes, fencing and dry stonewalling. Habitat management can include woodland coppicing, meadow cutting and wetland works to enhance wildlife value.
There are two rangers who manage the entire county borough area, one covering the east of the county borough and one the west . There is also a public rights of way ranger team who deal primarily with access improvements and rangers based at some of the visitor centres.
Telephone: 01443 400563
Fax No: 01443 405184.