The Unique Life of a Ranger

Seasons of Change at Blakeney Point

Ajay shares the many emotions of life on the edge of land and sea with honesty and affection.

The Unique Life of a Ranger
Seasons of Change at Blakeney Point


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Few people have had the privilege of living on an isolated nature reserve of international importance, their every move judged by countless critics. Young ranger Ajay Tegala, embarking on his placement at Blakeney Point aged just nineteen, would have to stand firm in the face of many challenges to protect the wildlife of one of Britain’s prime nature sites.

In over 120 years, only a select few rangers have devoted their heart and soul to the wildlife of Norfolk’s Blakeney Point. Watching and learning from his predecessors, Ajay faced head-on the challenges of the elements, predators and an ever-interested public. From the excitement of monitoring the growing grey seal population, to the struggles of trying to safeguard nesting birds from a plethora of threats, in The Unique Life of a Ranger, Ajay shares the many emotions of life on the edge of land and sea with honesty and affection.


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About The Author

Ajay Tegala

Ajay Tegala

Ajay Tegala is a wildlife presenter, conservationist, countryside ranger, naturalist, and author. He has a degree in Environmental Conservation and a decade of experience working in nature conservation. A natural communicator, his knowledge and infectious enthusiasm is always well-received by television companies.
As a countryside ranger, Ajay has earned respect as the ranger on Britain’s first coastal reserve, Blakeney Point in north Norfolk. This is the subject of his first book, The Unique Life of a Ranger which gives an insight into his unique experiences protecting wildlife on a remote stretch of England’s east coast. Ajay has previously worked as reserve manager at Lindisfarne in Northumberland. He currently works at Wicken Fen, Britain’s very first nature reserve, alongside 115 Konik ponies and 45 Highland cattle.

Growing up in East Anglia, Ajay became interested in wetland birds. As a teenager, he volunteered at his local nature reserves, which inspired him to follow a career in nature conservation. Through his career, Ajay went on to work with seabirds, in particular terns; studying their breeding behaviour and contributing to national monitoring programmes. He has also studied wildflowers and seals; managing England’s largest Grey Seal rookery during a period of rapid population growth.

In his spare time, Ajay conducts wildlife surveys on farmland in the Norfolk Broads, championing and monitoring the success of habitat creation for nature on farms. He has a great love for the East Anglian landscape, is passionate about conservation grazing and fenland habitat restoration.

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