I am writing to ask for your help to build a new Volunteer Training Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. This exciting, ambitious and inspiring project is vital to safeguard the future of our precious wildlife at Rutland Water,and other nearby nature reserves.
It has been my great joy and privilege to work as the Reserve Manager at Rutland Water for nearly 40 years and witness its transformation into an internationally important wetland and a truly special and much-loved wildlife haven, visited by more than 80,000 people every year. Over 260 species of bird have been recorded at Rutland Water, which is also home to a wonderful diversity of other wildlife, from orchids to otters and amphibians to arachnids!
We now have a fantastic opportunity to provide much-needed new facilities for our team of more than 350volunteers, who play a vital role in all aspects of the operation, management and development of Rutland Water Nature Reserve. With your assistance we can build a new Volunteer Training Centre, which is vital to sustainably manage important areas for wildlife – where volunteers can learn how to protect and enhance our natural world for generations to come.
Generous grants have been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Anglian Water but we must urgently raise £170,000 to complete the build. This is a major challenge for the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and we are doing all we can to find the funds. I do hope you can help us.
Whatever you can donate will bring us closer to providing a new Volunteer Training Centre to support and train volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in natural heritage and countryside skills essential to ensure Rutland Water, and other nature reserves, reach their full natural potential for both wildlife and people.
The leaflet PDF below explains the importance of the Volunteer Training Centre Project and gives details of how to donate.
Please support the Wild Lives at Rutland Water Appeal – every donation will make a difference for our
wonderful local wildlife that, like me, I know you care passionately about.
With my sincere thanks,
Tim Appleton MBE
Rutland Water Nature Reserve Manager