Behind the scenes with BBC Countryfile

The week before last we welcomed Matt Baker and a film crew from BBC Countryfile to the reserve. There is always a great deal going at this time of year and Matt and the team joined us to find out more about two key activities that we undertake during the winter: duck ringing and reed cutting. The episode is on BBC 1 at 7pm this Sunday, 8th February. Make sure you tune in! In the meantime here are a few photos from the day.

An early start to filming on Lax Hill

An early start to filming on Lax Hill – where the team could enjoy spectacular views of the reserve

Tim Mackrill talking to Matt Baker about the value of Rutland Water for wintering wildfowl

Tim Mackrill talking to Matt Baker about the value of Rutland Water for wintering wildfowl

Matt helps Lloyd Park retrieve ducks for ringing

Later in the morning Matt helped Lloyd Park retrieve ducks for ringing

A Mallard is the first duck to be ringed...

A Mallard was the first duck to be ringed…

...followed by a Tufted Duck. Previous ringing at Rutland Water shows that this diminutive duck may return to breed in Arctic Russia in a few months' time.

…followed by a Tufted Duck. Previous ringing at Rutland Water shows that this diminutive duck may return to breed in Arctic Russia in a few months’ time

Lloyd Park (left) and Tim Mackrill (right) with Matt Baker

Lloyd Park (left) and Tim Mackrill (right) with Matt Baker

After lunch the team joined a group of staff and volunteers cutting reed near Bittern hide

After lunch the team joined a group of staff and volunteers cutting reed near Bittern hide

After lunch Matt joined a team cutting reed near Bittern hide. Here Joe Davis is showing him how to use the reciprocating cutter.

Joe Davis showed Matt how to cut reed using our reciprocating mower

Joe then explained to Matt how the work we're carrying out benefits species such as Bitterns.

Joe then explained how the work we’re carrying out benefits species such as Bitterns

Volunteers are vital to Rutland Water. DUring the afternoon Matt spoke to Dave Cole - the reserve's longest-standing volunteer

Volunteers are vital to Rutland Water. During the afternoon Matt spoke to Dave Cole – the reserve’s longest-serving volunteer

Ellie Harrison joined Matt at the end of the day.

He was then joined by Ellie Harrison at the end of an excellent day