Tales from the Trainees

Tales from the Trainees

So Christmas is over, the decorations are firmly packed away and it is time to return and start working off those extra mince pies. We have only been back for a couple of weeks and already we have been up to lots of new things. But first, we must introduce a new face to the TRO team: Barnaby Coupe, who will be joining the Habitats Team, having started at the reserve on a four week work experience back in October. Here is a little bit about Barnaby: “Starting as a Trainee Reserve Officer at Rutland Water Nature Reserve has proven to be a fantastic decision, in both the opportunities it provides to get involved in practical conservation work and in the wonderful staff and volunteers which keep the reserve running. As a biology graduate, being involved in the practice of conservation ecology has built on and enhanced my knowledge of the natural environment and given me an insight into the running of a successful nature reserve, as well as allowing me to pick up a host of new skills along the way – a chainsaw course being chief among them! Settling in at the reserve was not a problem with all the staff and volunteers always happy to help and offer advice, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience to come into work every day. I now feel like part of the team here at the nature reserve and am looking forward immensely to my time as a TRO and to all the new experiences and challenges it presents.” New skill… Hedgelaying. We were really pleased to have an opportunity...
A Wild Skills Production

A Wild Skills Production

Team Wild Skills began 2016 with a large and promising group of individuals, who braved the snow to meet at the Volunteer Training Centre on a cold Sunday morning. It was great to see everybody who was a part of the group before Christmas, and also to meet new people who hope to join us in future sessions. Everyone fitted in perfectly and really got involved with the task in hand for the morning in true Wild Skills spirit! Our first task was to think of how we would make a video about Wild Skills in order to promote what we actually do around the reserve, and why we as individuals make the effort to come down once a month to carry out these tasks. This included drawing up mind maps to link ideas together to give ourselves a clear idea of what we want to share about ourselves. We came up with some key messages to describe what Wild Skills is all about: Wild Skills is a pioneering and unique opportunity for young people to get involved in conservation, making a tangible difference to wildlife and the reserve, whilst developing skills (as a team). (With cake). It is for everyone, all backgrounds. It’s great fun. A “win-win” situation. Providing a unique opportunity for young people to give back to their community. The future is now. Uniting young people through wildlife. Engage people now to ensure a future for wildlife. Next, we thought about the logistics of making a video; who would film, where would we film, what the people being filmed will say…. We split into groups of...

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