Cuppa, Cake & Catch Up

Cuppa, Cake & Catch Up

  Today we held our first Cuppa, Cake and Catch Up thank you event for volunteers at the Volunteer Training Centre. 40 volunteers attended and were treated to tea, cake and updates from the team about what has been happening on the reserve. Tim Mackrill (Senior Reserve Officer – Projects) led a fascinating update on the osprey project, including a brilliant Google Earth presentation on the flight path of one of our satellite tracked ospreys as she migrated south to Senegal for the winter. Tim Appleton (Reserve Manager and Birdfair Co-Founder) gave the volunteers a presentation on Birdfair, letting them know just how much their hard work over Birdfair had paid off, with record numbers attending the fair! And Joe Davis (Senior Reserve Officer – Habitats) talked about some of the new equipment we have gained recently, how it will be used to help maintain the habitats on the reserve, and how we use grazing animals to maintain the meadows. The volunteers all really enjoyed the presentations, and learnt lots of information that they can now share with other volunteers and visitors!   It was absolutely fantastic to be able to invite the volunteers in to a purpose built centre, where they could enjoy presentations in the training room and then views of Lagoon 4 from the first floor meeting room. Those who hadn’t already had a tour of the building enjoyed a good look around, and several went out birdwatching afterwards, newly inspired by the event! Both the volunteers and the staff thoroughly enjoyed the day, hopefully the first of many! Tim Appleton has promised us an excellent...
Meet the class of 2016

Meet the class of 2016

Each year the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trusts offers a number of Trainee Reserve Officer placement opportunities to volunteers looking to build up practical skills for a career in wildlife conservation. This year, with thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund we’ve been able to offer four graduates an amazing chance to make the most of our new Volunteer Training Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve to boost their skill set and add to their C.V. Throughout the year they’ll get stuck into all aspects of the management of a large wetland nature reserve, as well as learning heritage skills such as hedge-laying, dry-stone walling and charcoal burning. Follow their progress here throughout the year. Amy Bennett Emilie Shuttlewood David Roberts David Roberts My goal in life is to work in conservation and this is a great step towards that. Before starting at Rutland Water Nature Reserve I completed a four year course at Nottingham Trent University studying Environmental Conservation, as well as undertaking a 15 month placement with the RSPB at Middleton Lakes. Amy Bennett Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by nature and wildlife and I have always known that I wanted to enter a career in conservation. I studied Environmental Biology BSc at The University of Nottingham and during the last four years I have been involved with four conservation projects around the world. This trainee role is helping me to further develop the knowledge and skills required for my desired career within the UK. Emilie Shuttlewood After graduating with a 2.1 Ecology and Conservation BSc degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013, I...

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