Variety is the spice of life

Variety is the spice of life

The last few months have been busy time for the outdoor team, much as it has been for anyone associated with the reserve; but we are now starting to settle back into the more usual routine habitat management. I use the word routine but in reality it is rarely routine working out on the reserve. There are many reasons people volunteer anywhere whether it’s for Oxfam, or the RSPCA working in the shop in town or for the Wildlife Trust here at Rutland Water. It can be wishing to give to a particular charity, or for more social reasons, but I think for our outdoor team, part of it is the huge variety of different jobs we do. As I write this there is a team cutting Willow on the islands of Lagoon 2, there is another team out rounding up some of our flock of sheep to give them a health check. The rain is pouring, yet they are still out there soldiering on. Whilst we do a lot of the jobs we do year in year out, the beauty of the outdoors here in the good old UK is that one day is rarely the same as another. One of the great things with this reserve particularly, when it comes to variety, is its youth! If this were an ancient site there would be routine maintenance and pathway maintenance and that would pretty much be your lot, still fascinating but not varied. Here at Rutland we are able to let our creative sides show and be a little bit more adventurous and experimental. Over the years that...
Tales from the Trainees

Tales from the Trainees

Monthy Round Up – by Milly Fellows (13th October 2015) There is truth in the saying, ‘find a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life.’ After being a Trainee Reserve Officer (TRO) at Rutland Water Nature Reserve for one month, I feel more like I have been on a whirlwind adventure, each moment as intriguing and interesting as the next. The usual new-start jitters were soon calmed by the friendly and approachable staff and volunteers and I can safely say all the TRO’s have settled in nicely. When I asked the other TRO’s for three words to describe their month, the feedback was really positive and it is clear that everyone is really enjoying themselves. “FUN, FRIENDLY and FULFILLING” – Amy Bennet “PRACTICAL, VARIETY and WELCOMING” – Emilie Shuttlewood “REWARDING, DIVERSE and TEAMWORK” – David Roberts Each day has involved learning new practical skills; that I hope to show off to anyone that will let me. Changing a tyre, jump starting a car, using power tools … step aside please. Adding to this list of important skills for conservation are tractor driving, brush cutting and using the Track Master. Although very physical these tasks have proved extremely rewarding (except for the day after using the Track Master). The autumn cut back has begun to ensure flat open areas for the wading birds such as Lapwing and Golden Plover, an appropriate feeding habitat for the grazing ducks and a diverse sward.   We have been fortunate with the weather for most of the month, perfect for observing an amazing variety of plants and...

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