Tales from the Trainees: Abi’s story

Tales from the Trainees: Abi’s story

A blog by new Trainee Reserve Officer Abi Mustard, an old friend of the nature reserve back to join us in a new role after completing her degree. “The natural world is the greatest source of excitement.  The greatest source of visual beauty.  It is the greatest source of so much of life that makes life worth living.” ~ Sir David Attenborough I like the idea of starting this piece with a quote and feel it is only appropriate for it to be from Sir David Attenborough.  As he puts so eloquently, the natural world is jam-packed full of fascinating phenomena, stunning habitats and picturesque landscapes.  In my biased opinion, Rutland Water is one such example of natural beauty, and has been the place where I have developed a keen interest in the world of conservation, which is what I shall be babbling about in this entry.  But before any of that I should introduce myself.  My name is Abigail, but most people call me Abi, and I am lucky to be one of this year’s Trainee Reserve Officers (TROs). So, let me start at the very beginning when I first began my volunteering career at Rutland Water seven years ago.  The Rutland Osprey Project’s Education Team, who included one of the current team members Ken Davies, visited my school to do what they do best – talk ospreys.  After such a fascinating and enthusiastic presentation, I couldn’t help but see if I could get involved, and I was able to arrange two weeks’ work experience with the Rutland Osprey Project.  This involved monitoring the ospreys, as well as...

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