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Tom Burns


Tom is our Ranger. His role involves a bit of everything; woodland management, tree safety, visitor access, managing volunteers and general estate work. Tom studied countryside conservation at Plumpton College and countryside management at Aberystwyth University. He has worked as a Countryside Ranger for West Sussex County Council, Ranger for the National Trust at Sheffield Park and Garden and Area Ranger in the Surrey Hills, covering sites such as Leith Hill and Denbies Hillside.

Tom is passionate about wildlife and nature in general, but he has a particular interest in trees and woodlands. In his spare time, he volunteers as a Tree Warden and also for the Ancient Tree Forum helping to organise walks in different woodlands around Sussex looking at veteran trees and the management of them.

In his spare time, Tom can be found walking in the countryside with his dog, making audio recordings of bird song and other natural sounds, and enjoys photography. He is also a passionate rugby fan, following Harlequins and England.

Our 12+ Policy

Knepp Wildland Safaris and campsite are all about the quiet and patient observation of nature.

Some of the species we are likely to encounter are shy or can be frightened by loud noises or sudden movements. Our campsite with open-air fire-pits, wood-burning stoves and an on-site pond is unsuitable for small children.

For this reason, our safaris, holiday cottages and campsite are suitable only for children of 12 and over.

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