Tales from the Trainees

Tales from the Trainees

‘Why is a dry stone wall so called?’… The first question we got asked on our two-day course by our course leader John Shone had us all wondering.  Many of us thought it was because no cement was used to hold the wall together; however John quickly put us right, and told us it is so called because air passes through the wall to dry it should it get wet. With that wisdom, and after spending half an hour checking for nesting birds in the existing wall, we set off doing the first task of the day – arranging all the stones we were going to use into orders of thickness, so we could see the front faces of the stones. We used three different types of Cotswold stone in varying colours – white stone from Clipsham, Rutland; sandy-coloured stone from Ancaster, Lincolnshire; and a darker stone found only in a certain part of Nottinghamshire. Clipsham stone Nottinghamshire stone Ancaster stone The old wall had been built with a concrete slab on the top of it, which didn’t allow for the wall to move with time, causing it to collapse in various places. We used crow bars and sledge hammers to break up the concrete and started dismantling the old wall, rescuing some stone that we could use again, whilst filling buckets with small and large infill for later use. This was done by sifting through existing infill to separate the dirt from the reusable pieces, whilst removing excess grit and soil to avoid weakening the wall. We did this until we reached the foundation stone at base level...
A week of work experience

A week of work experience

Taylor My name is Taylor and I go to Catmose college, this week I have been taking place in work experience which was prompted by my school but I did all the research and planning towards it myself.  I picked Rutland Water Nature Reserve to do my work experience because I often spend my time indoors and not moving unless needed so I thought having a work experience that gives me an opportunity to see what the outdoors really has to offer would really help me make more suitable life choices in the future as to what I may want to do when I leave school. I hope that once I’ve finished work experience that I will have a better understanding about what I can do to influence nature and what being outdoors and in nature can do to me as a person. This week I have done a large variety of things; on Monday the 4th I was at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre where I worked in the shop and did such things like taking stock, refilled any empty areas and also worked the till. On Tuesday the 5th I was again at Egleton but this time I worked with the Education Team. A school came in and we did some pond dipping, bug hunting and bird watching; not only did I help the children have fun but I learnt some things on the way. On Wednesday the 6th I moved to the Volunteer Training Centre and had the pleasure of working with the Habitat team. Because most of their nature work is done through the winter I was...

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