A building to benefit people and wildlife: RWNR’s Volunteer Training Centre

Volunteers are vital to the future of Rutland Water and other nature reserves in the two counties managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. At Rutland Water alone, we rely on a team of over 350 volunteers to help protect and enhance the nature reserve. They carry out a huge range of tasks, including practical nature conservation, habitat management, wildlife monitoring, scientific studies, welcoming visitors, staffing visitor centres and assisting with events and activities. 

Over 80,000 people visit Rutland Water Nature Reserve each year. We want to protect this internationally important wetland, and other nature reserves nearby, for years to come. But we need to provide key facilities and training for both new and existing volunteers, which is where the new Volunteer Training Centre comes in!

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The new Volunteer Training Centre will provide much-needed facilities, including training and learning areas, bunk rooms for residential courses, meeting spaces, a kitchen and a mess room, workshop with storage for tools and equipment, wash-rooms and drying facilities.

The Training Centre will allow us to:

  • provide essential natural heritage training and countryside skills in fit-for-purpose facilities
  • engage with new volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities
  • deliver comprehensive and inclusive programmes of volunteer support, development and training
  • enable more people to connect with and enjoy our wonderful natural heritage

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Help us raise the final funds

Thanks to generous grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Anglian Water the Volunteer Training Centre is under construction but we need your help to raise the final sum of £170,000 to complete the build. On Saturday 11th October we’re launching the Wild Lives at Rutland Water Appeal with a 3000 mile challenge (click here for details).