Wild Horizons

Wild Horizons

Wild Horizons is a society for young people aged 18-30 embarking on a career in wildlife conservation or with a general love of the natural world.  As a member you will have the opportunity to be part of a wildlife-focused social network in Rutland, gain knowledge and experience and have access to mentors in a variety of expertise through Wild Horizons’ connections within the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust (LRWT) and Rutland Natural History Society (RNHS). Membership to Wild Horizons costs £25.00 a year and will include the following benefits: Full membership to the Rutland Natural History Society (http://www.rnhs.org.uk ), giving you access to an amazing programme of events, talks and walks, the society’s newsletter Fieldfare, annual report and an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from Rutland’s wildlife recording experts. Access to LRWT’s nature reserves (http://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/) and a copy of LRWT’s nature reserves guide You will receive LRWT’s e-newsletter, magazine Wildlife News as well as regular updates from Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Advice, support and opportunities to gain experience from the mentors linked to both RNHS and LRWT – not just about wildlife and conservation but a whole range of transferable skills too. Access to a variety of training and learning experiences at Rutland Water Nature Reserve’s Volunteer Training Centre (VTC). Monthly meetings at the VTC for members to get together, plus extra activities out of term time; and of course you can attend as many other events available via the two organisations as you like! An on top of all of the above you will get to meet, learn from and have fun with like-minded peers, incredibly talented naturalists...
Tales from the Trainees

Tales from the Trainees

October began with a continuation of the autumn tidy up; the main focus of which was cutting back the vegetation on the lagoon islands. This annual task creates ideal habitat, feeding grounds and a safe haven away from predators for overwintering waders and waterfowl, including lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) and wigeon (Anas penelope). With eight lagoons in total this can be a hefty task, even with the army of Habitat Volunteers!  We were keen to put into practice our previous training and so this proved the ideal opportunity to get out those power tools!!  Where possible the BCS pedestrian mower was the ideal candidate for the job, however the brushcutter was more suitable for use on uneven or wet ground. Now you may be wondering how we managed to cross the lagoon over to the islands… Sometimes it was by boat, however other times the amphibious Argo was called for. It is an excellent choice for this terrain as the eight-wheel drive allows for better traction on land, whilst propelling the vehicle in water. All three of us were lucky enough to have a go at driving it, with our line-manager, Martin, being the (un)lucky one to train us! Other tasks over the past month have included hanging our first gate. This task entailed fitting all furniture, including hinges, latches and hooks to the gate (the right way around!), as well as installing the gate posts and the gate itself. Volunteer Pete and TRO David concreting the gate post in The finished gate in all its glory With much of the focus being on the brand...

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