My week of work experience at Rutland Water by Lydia

My week of work experience at Rutland Water by Lydia

My general interest in nature and how we as humans interact with it is what initially spurred me to seek out work experience in the environmental sector. A career in conservation has always been on the list of possibilities for me so work experience seemed like an excellent way to gather an understanding of what a career in conservation might entail. I discovered the work experience placement at Rutland Water whilst browsing online and the location as well as the range of different tasks that it offered ticked the box perfectly. Additionally, having already visited the Osprey visitor Centre at Lyndon once before, I had some insight into the Osprey project and was eager to learn more.   I spent my first day helping out at the Anglian Water bird watching Centre with a girls and boys brigade who came in to carry out activities including pond dipping, butterfly catching and bird watching. After being a bit nervous to begin with I was soon made feel welcome and at home by Luke, the activity leader. I helped set up at the pond and in the Centre for the three activities and on the arrival of the group we took them down to the pond to begin pond dipping. There was an unusually large age range within the group and I benefited from encouraging and sharing my previously acquired knowledge with the younger members whilst discussing a common interest in nature with the older members. During the butterfly catching I learnt to identify a number of species that were new to me such as the speckled wood and the gatekeeper...
Work Experience: A week at Rutland Water by Anna

Work Experience: A week at Rutland Water by Anna

The words: “Rutland Water” had been thrown around multiple times before I signed up for the work experience; whether it was relating to the beaches, sailing or the water park. I had driven past it numerous times, seeing a vast expanse of water and had walked down to the tip of the Hambleton Peninsula and back to Oakham. What I didn’t know at the time was that it hosted a nature reserve and how large it actually was. I discovered the work experience when I was given a pamphlet of work experience options during one tutorial period. I was immediately drawn in as I had already heard of the name numerous times and how much I enjoyed walking down the Hambleton Peninsula. Living in China for a few years, I realised how important it is to protect our natural environment. It was almost as if the job had my name on it, so I wrote an application and sent it in, crossing my fingers that I’d be picked as a volunteer on work experience. I was absolutely overjoyed when I got an email offering me a place. I started my work experience on Monday the 2nd of July at the Lyndon Visitor Centre. Here I initially worked at the cash register, selling tickets for the numerous people who had come to see and watch the ospreys. I worked with another girl on work experience called Helen who had similar interests with me and was super nice. I was surprised by how many people came in the visitor centre- around 40 people did. They ranged from young families who went...

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