PORTLAND'S COASTAL PATHS
The Coast Path of the Isle and Royal Manor of Portland almost completely surrounds the Isle, save for the north part of the Isle which is privately owned. The Path forms Part of the 630 miles of the'South West Coast Path'.
Portland sees many Walkers, Birdwatchers and other wildlife visitors coming to visit the Isle every year. This trend is increasing as those visitors are spreading the word about the fantastic Cliffs, Quarries and of course the spectacular views of the world famous Jurassic Coast. (A Unesco World Heritage Site)
Portland sits proudly in the middle of the whole Jurassic Coast. This page offers you an insight to the wonderful Cliff path and also the other paths of Portland.
Portland's Volunteer Coast Rangers
Portland was one of the first areas in Dorset to get its own Volunteer Rangers. Portland has no less than 9 Volunteer Rangers who, under the leadership of 'Dorset Countryside Ranger Service' Monitor and protect the coastal paths of Portland.
Rangers have other tasks, such as; Monitoring the health of the Primative British Goats that reside on the East Cliff. They also provide an Information service to any walker or visitor they come across on their duties. You may meet one or two when you visit. Who are they? Well, meet the team below...
Scott trained as a volunteer coastal ranger, assigned to the Church Ope Cove to Portland Billpath in 2012 to assist visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic sailing event. He has gained training in; Emergency First Aid, Wildlife, History and Geology for the role.
Scott also volunteers for conservation work around the Isle for 'Wild about Weymouth and Portland', he also volunteers for 'Portland Museum' and the 'Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust'. He is PR for 'Friends of Wakeham Phone Box' and a member of the 'Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society'.
In his spare time, he likes to walk around the island with his camera and notebook and he enjoys researching local history. Scott is also a consultative member of PCP where he consults on Arts.
Andy was born on the Isle and as a child, he would play in the areas he now has a responsibility for. Andy maintains 'I want to put something back into the wonderful places that I got a lot from as a nipper'.
Andy is an avid walker and is a member of the 'Southwest Coast Path Association' & the 'Dorset Wildlife Trust'. Andy is also involved locally with the 'Royal Manor Theatre Company', 'Portland Island Museum Supporters' and 'Portland Community Partnership', where he acts as the PCP Web Master and Facebook page editor. Andy is also the 'South West Coast Path Association Path Representatives for the Isle'. SEE BELOW.
Andy has a superb local knowledge of all areas and history of the isle. Andy is a fan of the Goon Show and he can also do the voices. He occasionally writes poetry and other items for the Free Portland News.
Jo started volunteering regularly 7 years ago as a ‘Goat looker’ keeping an eye on the welfare of the herd ofBritish Primitive goats which came to East Weares in 2007.
She became a volunteer ranger a couple of years later helping with fortnightly conservation tasks, litter picking, butterfly recording and monitoring nesting Peregrines Falcons. She helps with conservation work parties led by Butterfly Conservation at Broadcroft Quarry, (and each winter, ventures to Hazelbury Bryan to search for eggs of the rare brown hairstreak butterfly).
Jo is often out and about on the paths of the Island, picking up litter, cutting back vegetation and attacking theCotoneaster. She is also a member of RSPB, Butterfly Conservation and Dorset Wildlife Trust. For her day job, Jo works in the arts and particularly focuses on arts and the environment.
Andy looks after the Merchants Railway and Incline. He often volunteers for local artistic events such as the B-Side festival and the 'Inside Out Dorset' event which saw much of the West Cliff adorned with wind operated musical instuments.
As with all the Rangers, he also engages in local conservation tasks arranged by Dorset Countryside Ranger Service. Such tasks as Vegitation management and wildlife surveys.
ALAN 'BOOTS' COMEN
Boots is well known locally for his conservation tasks around the Isle. He was instrumental in clearing the top of Yeates Incline with fellow volunteer Mike. Boots also conducts Walking Tours around the Isle.
Boots has had a long association with the Royal Manor Theatre Company offering thousands upon thousands of voluntary hours to convert the old primitive Methodist church into the wonderful little theatre you see today.
Boots is instantly recognisable by his white beard and his well worn boots that could tell you a story all on their own!
Carrie looks after Tout Quarry among other areas and has offered herself to be the Volunteer Ranger representative on the .P.L.O.P (Portland Locals Opposed to Poo) group.
Carrie also volunteers with many other local groups and often takes part in charity runs and other events.
Further Details for Carrie to follow.
Graham, enjoys walking his dog 'COOPER' around the tracks and paths of Portland.
Graham has also been a qualified FA Football Referee and has been likened to International Referee Pierre luigi-Collina.
Graham has a keen interest in Butterflies and has become very proficient in their recognition and habits. He occasionally conducts wildlife tours where he will guide you in the search for these wonderful creatures.