About Ray Jackson
Nature warden Ray Jackson has given more than 50,000 children and adults an insight into the great outdoors.
Ray, aged 63, is the warden and manager at Lower Moss Wood, an educational nature reserve and wildlife hospital in Ollerton, Cheshire, where youngsters, disabled visitors, environment groups and many others learn about conservation.
After working in engineering, Ray followed his passion for nature and began working at Lower Moss Wood in 1988, and was later appointed warden.
When someone brought two orphaned fox cubs to him in 1990, Ray left home and started living in a caravan on-site so he could care for them. People then started bringing him sick and injured wildlife, and so Ray and his team of volunteers began operating a wildlife hospital. Since the hospital was founded, the number of wildlife casualties has increased, now totalling around 2,000 animals each year.
A brand new hospital building opened thanks to a generous legacy donation, and as though history was repeating itself, the first patient was again a fox cub.
Ray was awarded an MBE for services to animal welfare and to the community of Knustford in 2006, but says he would not be able to do everything he does without the help of his volunteers and family.