Duncan MacCallum lives in East Sheen and has been a Volunteer Ranger in Richmond Park since April 2019.
"I first started volunteering in 2018, as part of a Mission: Invertebrate citizen science project which involved measuring the sizes of the yellow meadow ant hills in Richmond Park. I’ve been a Volunteer Ranger for just over two months now and I’m really enjoying it. Our role is to engage with the public to ensure they get the most out of their visit and offer tips on how they can protect the park.
"Recently we met a father and his young daughter looking from afar at a herd of female red deer. We explained that deer had entered birthing season. The little girl revealed that it would be her birthday on the 1 June, and I told her it was very likely that a baby deer would be born on that day too. When she realised she might share her birthday with a baby deer, the smile on her face and that on her father's was priceless. Moments like that really are special."