Take a closer look

Take a closer look

Birdfair – an enchanting event uniting those with a love of wildlife from around the globe. The people of Birdfair gift some of the worlds most threatened species and habitats with a fighting chance of survival by generating hundreds of thousands of pounds for conservation projects supported by the Birdlife International Partnership. In the midst of the fair it’s easy to forget the real reason behind over 20,000 people gathering in England’s smallest county. For many, it’s an opportunity to catch up with old friends or to debate the current issues in conservation with other like-minded individuals. For others it’s all about sussing out the best deals the industry has to offer. As you walk from marquee to marquee you’ll encounter people booking their next eco-adventure, debating which piece of artwork will look best above the fireplace or trying out the latest binoculars. Star struck fans of all ages stream out of the events marquee grinning from ear to ear after hearing the trials and tribulations of being a TV personality on our favourite wildlife shows. Intrepid explorers travel the world without leaving the fair, simply by spending time listening to a few of the hundreds of lectures on offer throughout the weekend. And with the end of the summer holidays drawing ever closer, relieved parents and grandparents enjoy doing something different with the kids – it really is a great day out for all the family. If you look closer you’ll see hundreds of a different type of person. Their reasons for being present go deeper than simply experiencing all the fun of the fair. They’re the ones...
2019 Work Experience Placements

2019 Work Experience Placements

Rutland Water Nature Reserve’s work experience placements aim to give you an insight in to the variety of work that goes into the management of a large wetland nature reserve. This is a great opportunity to experience the world of work and become better prepared for a career in nature conservation. By spending time with each of our staff teams: Visitor Centres, Education, Habitat Management and Projects (including The Rutland Osprey Project); you will become involved in a variety of tasks and experiences which will allow you to develop your employability skills. Not only will you gain practical knowledge, a huge part of our role involves working with people, so by the end of your placement with us you will have greatly improved your social and communication skills. We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic young people with a keen interest in nature conservation. You need to be prepared to work inside or outdoors (whatever the weather!) alongside staff and volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. Don’t worry, we won’t ask you to do anything we wouldn’t do and you certainly won’t be making tea all day! Work experience is an opportunity to learn about the recruitment process, so the first step is to complete an application form (click the link below) and return it to our Volunteer and Events Coordinator Holly Hucknall at the Volunteer Training Centre  RWNR-Work-Experience-application-form (1) If we are happy with your application form we will invite you to attend an informal interview. Once we are sure a work experience placement here will suit you, we will send you the details of your placement including a...
Other opportunities with LRWT

Other opportunities with LRWT

The involvement, dedication and hard work of the Trust’s small army of volunteers, who contribute a wealth of different skills and experience, is fundamental to our work advancing nature conservation and awareness in Leicestershire and Rutland. Local people who are inspired about the natural world and empowered to take positive action for wildlife are vital to achieve a Living Landscape forthe two counties. Click on the link below to find out more about how you can get involved and play your part in protecting and enhancing our precious wildlife and wild places throughout Leicestershire and Rutland. http://www.lrwt.org.uk/get-involved/...
Sowing seeds for the future

Sowing seeds for the future

Our Wild Skills project is an excellent example of the work being done at Rutland Water Nature Reserve to encourage young people to get involved in wildlife conservation, discover new skills and talents and provides opportunities which open doors to a variety of interests and perhaps even higher education and career prospects. Most importantly it provides a social network for our like-minded young wildlife enthusiasts. The Wild Skills team meets once a month on a Sunday for four hours. Members are aged 13-18, have a keen interest in wildlife conservation and are often working towards a Duke of Edinburgh, VInspired or community action award. Since the project’s inception, the team have been involved in a variety of tasks, from woodland coppicing and nest box building to wildlife surveying and producing a short film about the Rutland Osprey Project to name a few. No matter the task, the group take ownership of each project’s design and implementation and with the help of our experienced staff and volunteers bring their ideas to reality. The group’s latest project was to design a wildflower garden for our new Training Centre. The team worked in collaboration with our expert wildlife gardeners and volunteers Betty Hunt and Jo Porter and much appreciated support from volunteer leaders Linda, Dale and Anya. At the beginning of each project the team are given a brief to work from. Back in February, having read through their brief, the group began by coming up with a design, taking into consideration environmental factors, the types of plant they should use, the space available and ease of management. By the end of...

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