Winter Wildlife Walks: An Account by Ken Davies

Winter Wildlife Walks: An Account by Ken Davies

Osprey Project Education Officer and author of the ‘Ozzie’ series of books, Ken Davies, has written this account of winter visits to Rutland Water Nature Reserve. When I was a boy I loved books with stories about groups of young people who simply went out for long days in the countryside, on foot or a […]

A newly fledged Reed Bunting

A summary of Bird Ringing at Fieldfare Hide 2017 – By Chris Hughes

INTRODUCTION  Due to a variety of factors, only four ringing sessions were undertaken at the site in 2017 although all proved to be productive in terms of numbers of birds processed. They also included a few surprises. At each session only a limited number of nets were set so the numbers of birds breeding here […]

Terry's Friday Walks

Terry’s Friday Walks

We are pleased to release the next four dates for Terry’s Friday Walks: April 27th: May 18th: June 22nd and July 20th.  Just click on the links and it will take you to the booking page!

Avian Influenza

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust would like to remind members and the public to take appropriate measures to protect their own health and safety when dealing with sick and injured wildlife. Avian influenza (bird flu) has been identified as being present in the wild bird population in England in 2018, with the H5N6 strain identified […]

Winter Wildfowl Day - results

Winter Wildfowl Day – results

Last Saturday we held a Winter Wildfowl Day.  On visiting various sites around the reservoir on this rather wet and cold day the group came back with an impressive list…..

Wild Horizons: Brilliant Bryophytes

Wild Horizons: Brilliant Bryophytes

This weekend we were lucky to have bryophyte expert Uta Hamzaoui lead a workshop on mosses and liverworts for our Wild Horizons group. Uta is the bryophyte county recorder for Leicestershire and also works as a Conservation Officer for Leicester and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Bryophytes consist of mosses, liverworts and hornworts, and over 1,000 species […]

Tales from the (new) Trainees

Tales from the (new) Trainees

It’s a little overdue, but the time has come! We are the new trainee reserve officers (TROs) and we’ve come to the blog to say “hello!”. Let us introduce ourselves…

Wild Skills: Coppicing

Wild Skills: Coppicing

Our Wild Skills volunteering group for 13 -18 year olds meets once a month to carry out practical tasks around the nature reserve. Many of the members are working towards completing Duke of Edinburgh awards, and all have an interest in the natural world.

Jeff with Purple Emperor (not on reserve)

Tuesday Nature Walks – 2018

We are pleased to announce 2018 dates for our popular Tuesday morning nature walks with local wildlife expert & volunteer Jeff Davies.

Terry's Friday Birdwatching Walks - 2018 Dates

Terry’s Friday Birdwatching Walks – 2018 Dates

You are now able to book monthly birdwatching walk for the first few months of 2018.

Badgers

Badger Watch dates for 2018 soon to be announced!

We are in the middle of planning 2018 Badger Watches when you can join our Trainee Reserve Officers for a couple of hours of early evening badger watching from our purpose built hide.

Countryside Courses - New Dates

Countryside Courses – New Dates

Our Dry Stone Walling and Traditional Hedge Laying Courses have proved to be as popular as ever during 2017 and we are pleased to be able to offer dates for these courses going into 2018.

Image -c Ian Jones

Birdwatching Events & Walks

New dates have just been added to our events schedule for the extremely popular birdwatching walks run by Terry Mitcham – local expert & bird recorder for the RNHS. These walks – run once a month on a Friday morning – are an excellent way to find out what is about on the reserve and […]

Photo by Sally Smurthwaite

30 Days Wild: Exploring Holme Fen Nature Reserve

Wild Horizons member and Rutland Nature Reserve volunteer Sally Smurthwaite shares her first visit to Holme Fen Nature Reserve as part of our 30 Days Wild blog series.

30 Days Wild: A hedgehog hunt

30 Days Wild: A hedgehog hunt

Former Trainee Reserve Officer, Anya Wicikowski sends her 30 Days Wild blog all the way from Malawi where she is currently studying the African Hedgehog!

30 Days Wild: Lots of life at Lyndon

30 Days Wild: Lots of life at Lyndon

Osprey Information Officer, Holly Hucknall, shares her random act of work-wildness as part of our 30 Days Wild blog series.

30 days wild: learning new skills to care for wildlife

30 days wild: learning new skills to care for wildlife

Wild Horizons member Charlotte Blunt shares her day learning to care for rescued wildlife as part of our 30 Days Wild blog series,

30 Days Wild: Dry Stone Walling

30 Days Wild: Dry Stone Walling

Trainee Reserve Officer, Luke, shares his experience of dry stone walling as part of our 30 Days Wild blog series

Photo by Barrie Galpin

30 Days Wild: Creaks and drumming at dusk

As part of 30 Days Wild throughout June we’ll be posting blogs from staff, volunteers and members of the public sharing their wild experiences, hopefully they’ll provide inspiration on how you can make your life a little bit more wild this month! In this blog volunteer Barrie Galpin shares a fantastic experience – listening for corncrakes on the Nene Washes.

A Summary of Bird Ringing at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in 2016

A Summary of Bird Ringing at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in 2016

Read a PDF version of the 2016 Bird Ringing Report for Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Members of Wild Horizons. Photo by Dale Martin

Wild Horizons: Bird Ringing & Species Reintroductions

Wild Horizons member Amy Hall fills us in on the latest workshops – a ringing demonstration and a workshop on species re-introductions.

Looking to kick-start your career in conservation?

Looking to kick-start your career in conservation?

We’re recruiting Volunteer Trainee Reserve Officers

Satellite tracking 2017

Satellite tracking 2017

We have been following 12-year-old female osprey 30(05) since she had her satellite transmitter fitted in 2013. Since then, she has migrated south to Senegal four times, and back north again four times! Read more to find out about 30(05)’s 2017 migration…

Maisie's work experience blog

Maisie’s work experience blog

Maisie joined the Rutland Water Nature Reserve team this week on a work experience placement – find out how she got on here…