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…

Wild Horizons Workshop - Engaging young people with nature

Wild Horizons Workshop – Engaging young people with nature

Wild Horizons member Joe Bodycote shares news and thoughts from our most recent workshop

Wild Skills: nest box building

Wild Skills: nest box building

On Sunday our Wild Skills members met for their first session of 2017. It may have been a cool, grey winters day but our minds were on preparation for the spring!

A summary of bird ringing at Fieldfare Hide in 2016

A summary of bird ringing at Fieldfare Hide in 2016

A permit holder and ringing trainer Chris Hughes undertakes regular mist netting sessions throughout the spring and summer by Fieldfare Hide on the south of lagoon 1. Read his report on 2016 here…

A first for Leicestershire and Rutland - first winter male Surf Scoter

A first for Leicestershire and Rutland – first winter male Surf Scoter

The Surf Scoter can still be seen from the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir. Read more for details.

Winter wildlife at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Winter wildlife at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water Nature Reserve is synonymous with one famous summer visitor in particular – the Osprey. But there’s a whole host of other wildlife to see throughout the year, and the winter is no exception.

Over-wintering osprey project volunteers work hard at Lyndon

Over-wintering osprey project volunteers work hard at Lyndon

The Lyndon Visitor Centre closes each year from mid-September when the ospreys leave Rutland, and re-opens in the spring to coincide with the ospreys’ return. However, this does not mean that all work ceases…

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts has awarded the 2016 Christopher Cadbury Medal for services to the advancement of nature conservation in the British Islands, to Dave Cole, naturalist and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust volunteer.

Photo: Joe Davis

A reedy big project…

Thanks to generous funding from Anglian Water, we’ve been able to undertake a much needed improvement project in our reed bed with the help of a floating amphibious excavator…

Wild Horizons' visit Donna Nook NNR

Wild Horizons’ visit Donna Nook NNR

Wild Horizons’ member Amy Hall tells us all about a rather soggy trip to see the seals!

Photo: Joe Davis

New kit, big difference

Joe tells us all about a new piece of kit that will improve the way we manage our grasslands

Photo by Amy Hall

Wild Horizons’ boardwalk build

Amy Hall fills us in on the Wild Horizons team’s latest experience – building boardwalk

Island clearance

Island clearance

One of the biggest jobs our habitat team undertake in the autumn is island clearance – but why do we do it? Joe tells us more…

Looking back: a year as a trainee

Looking back: a year as a trainee

Amelia Woolford looks back on her year as a T Permit holder in 2015

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at the Green Bank

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at the Green Bank

Peter Robinson reports back on bird ringing undertaken at the Green Bank in 2015

2015 Report: Cormorant Colour Ringing

2015 Report: Cormorant Colour Ringing

Garry reports back on the cormorant colour ringing project

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at Lyndon

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at Lyndon

Garry and Candice report back on ringing undertaken at Lyndon in 2015

Volunteer at Birdfair 2015!

2015 Report: A summary of bird ringing at Fieldfare Hide

Chris Hughes reports on a year of ringing at Fieldfare Hide

Looking for accommodation?

Looking for accommodation?

If you are visiting Rutland Water Nature Reserve for one of our two-day courses and need somewhere to stay, the Volunteer Training Centre (VTC) can provide a simple yet comfortable night’s sleep on a budget, in a beautiful setting.

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Lagoon 4 Wildlife Meadow Creation

This Autumn, we are hoping to start work on a project that is to be funded by a very generous donation from Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust member, Dr Sharples. Assistant Reserve Officer, Fran Payne, tells us more…

Hedgerow Survey

Hedgerow Survey

This Spring Assistant Reserve Officer Sarah Merriman spent several days surveying the reserve’s hedgerows. Read more to find out how she got on.

This year the ringing team caught this five-year-old Sand Martin

Banking on success

A lone Sand Martin twisting and turning over the lagoons on a misty morning in mid-March is often the first sign of summer at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Their arrival doesn’t make the same sort of headlines, but we have been able to gain a fascinating insight into their breeding behaviour in recent years at Rutland Water.

It’s easy to make a difference

It’s easy to make a difference

Birdfair’s invaluable volunteers demonstrate just how easy it is to make a big difference, Read more to find out why…

Birdfair's Co-Founders, Tim Appleton and Martin Davies with Birdlife International's Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita.

Birdfair 2014 raises a record £280,000!

On Friday the Birdfair team presented a cheque of a record breaking £280,000 to Birdlife International to support the designation of new marine protected areas, and reveled the 2015 fundrasing project. Read more for details.