Chris North

Personal Profile:

I work for the Exmoor National Park where I have worked for the last 40 years, enjoying every aspect of National Park work, from path work, forestry and sawmilling, helping to look after Exmoor’s beautiful ancient woodlands and moorland, and on the way seeing and watching Exmoor’s wildlife.

I have a keen interest in wildlife great and small, and because of the pivilege of working on Exmoor have seen and delt with alot of them. I have had experience in dealing with Exmoor Ponies and performing tasks on them such as rounding up, checking them over with vets and helping with branding. I have also had a lot to do with the deer count on Exmoor this is held once a year so there is an idea of how many are on the moor.

I have a wealth of Knowledge of Exmoor having travelled the bridleways and footpaths on a weekly basis. One such job was when I helped in opening up the South West Coast Path in the 70’s between Porlock and Combe Martin. Back then a Quad Bike was rarly heard of so all equipment and material had to be carried by hand. Over the years working out of the National Park depot I have collected seed for a wide range of native trees, and ran the National Parks tree nursery. One of my greatest achievements here was the managing and planting of the Millennium Wood at Bye Common in 2000.

Having worked for the National Park for 40 years conservation is very important to me. There is nothing better than walking the moorland on a summer evening with osund and sights the the moor has to offer.