Nora Dobson - Chair
I have been involved with DVT since 1989 when I became the first Ranger for the newly formed Trust. Before that I was a ranger in a country park in Northern Ireland after gaining a BSc in Biology (specialising in environmental science and conservation). I took a career break to look after my three children and worked as a volunteer in the Bordon Citizen's Advise Bureau for 11 years. After leaving the CAB I worked for a mobile farm and re-trained as a Personal Development Coach and Youth Coach.
My hobbies include bird watching and playing the violin and I am concert organiser for the Alton Concert Orchestra.
I have been a trustee for the DVT for the last ten years and became Chair in September 2015. I am enjoying this challenging new role in a growing organisation - both in terms of staff and land area under management. My family have all enjoyed our local countryside and I want to see it being protected and enhanced for future generations.
Jamie Cummins - Senior Countryside Ranger
I joined the Trust in December 2010 as the Eco Town funded Countryside Ranger which was initially funded for two years but somehow I'm still here! In October 2013 I was promoted to become the Senior Ranger which has it's pros and cons.
I graduated with a BSc in Conservation and Wildlife Management in July 2010 from Sparsholt College. I have previously volunteered with the Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust, Hampshire County Council ranger service and Southdowns National Park.
My role includes managing the ranger team and volunteers, practical conservation, surveys, education and school work, liaising with the Town Council, EHDC and other organisations, Secretary for the Trust and a wide variety of other day to day duties.
I enjoy being outside, working in this beautiful and natural environment and also meeting and working with residents.
Brendan Finnegan - Countryside Ranger
I joined DVT as a Countryside Ranger in October 2013. Originally a Graphic Designer, I became involved in conservation while working for 11 years in South Africa. I returned to the UK in 2008 and decided a career cange was on the cards. Having studied at Sparsholt College I graduated with an FdSc in Conservation and Wildlife Management in 2012.
I now help with the varied aspects involved in the practical management of the reserve such as cutting trees, fence and boardwalk repairs, keeping bamboo at bay, removing numerous items from the river and Knox's Pond and the occasional map design.
I enjoy working with our volunteer groups and feel privileged to be working in the nature reserve, experiencing the varied habitats and wildlife and making a practical contribution to our local and national conservation efforts.
I live in Liss Forest with my wife Lesley.
I began volunteering for two hours a week with the Trust approximately six years ago. After a couple of years, I joined the Monday volunteer group, was made very welcome and caught the bug for working outside on the Nature Reserve. I later increased my voluntary hours before being offered the position of part-time Countryside Ranger.
The Deadwater Valley is a great place to work with such diversity of habitats in a relatively small area. The work is always varied, ranging from cattle gazing to felling dangerous trees and, of course the dreaded litter picking, but, come rain, snow or the occasional sunshine I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Terry Read - Countryside Ranger
Julie Reid - Community Ranger
I came to Bordon when I was eight and have always spent time enjoying the natural area we are lucky enough to have around us. I completed my Forest School Level 3 qualification in November 2017 and joined the Deadwater team in November 2018. I now enjoy organizing and leading events for all ages within the Inclosures.
We are fantastically lucky to have such a variety of open spaces on our doorsteps and I am passionate about not only conserving and maintaining this area for future generations but also passing this passion for the natural world onto them as well.
I’m the newest member of the team, joining the trust in January 2021. I am the ranger responsible for the Bordon Inclosure and feel privileged to look after this lovely woodland, conserving its habitats and wildlife and managing it for the local community.
I graduated in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation, which I followed by completing a practical conservation traineeship with Natural England on the East Dartmoor NNR in Devon. After this I worked in Costa Rica for 5 months undertaking wildlife surveys and conservation in a remote part of the Costa Rican rainforest. Once back in the UK, I was offered a Seasonal Warden post with Natural England back at the East Dartmoor NNR, and after completing this contract I spent 4 years with the South Downs National Park Authority as an Assistant Ranger, before joining the Deadwater Valley Trust. So, it’s been quite an adventure!
I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the role and learning more about the sites we manage, and I’m particularly excited to see the Bordon Inclosure throughout the seasons! I have a passion for the natural world and love being in the great outdoors, so I’m lucky to call my job, my hobby too.
Rebekah Smith - Countryside Ranger
Nellie is the 6th ranger in the team. She belongs to Jamie and is clearly a key member, certainly the most popular. She has her warm cosy cage in the office, to retreat to each day after a hard run around on the nature reserve.
She loves to jump in the river, a lot! She sits in the yard, waiting for a ball to be kicked, whenever she isn't on the reserve. Nelly loves to say hello and will try and sniff out those snacks, if you happen to have them in your pocket.
She certainly gets a lot of attention - thoroughly deserved!
Buddy is the 7th ranger and certainly the loudest! He is Nellie's little brother, and is quickly learning from her what it takes to be a ranger for the Deadwater Valley Trust.
He is known for his ability to eat anything - guard your sandwiches if Buddy is around!