Wild Horizons: Brilliant Bryophytes

This weekend we were lucky to have bryophyte expert Uta Hamzaoui lead a workshop on mosses and liverworts for our Wild Horizons group. Uta is the bryophyte county recorder for Leicestershire and also works as a Conservation Officer for Leicester and Rutland Wildlife...

Tales from the (New) Trainees

It’s a little overdue, but the time has come!  We are the new trainee reserve officers (TROs) and we’ve come to the blog to say “hello!”.  Let us introduce ourselves…   “Hello everyone, I’m Claire and one of the TROs this...

Wild Skills: Coppicing

Our Wild Skills volunteering group for 13 -18 year olds meets once a month to carry out practical tasks around the nature reserve. Many of the members are working towards completing Duke of Edinburgh awards, and all have an interest in the natural world. This month...

A Wild Weekend

On the weekend of the 23rd and 24th September, we hosted a ‘wild weekend’ here at Rutland Water for young people – members of our 2 youth groups, ‘Wild Skills’ (13-18 year olds) and ‘Wild Horizons’ (18 – 30 year olds)...

Maisie’s work experience blog

Maisie joined the Rutland Water Nature Reserve team this week on a work experience placement – find out how she got on here…

Wild Skills: nest box building

On Sunday our Wild Skills members met for their first session of 2017. It may have been a cool, grey winters day but our minds were on preparation for the spring! The team spent the morning making small hole nest boxes (35 in total) to replace some of our older boxes...

Volunteer, Dave Cole, awarded Christopher Cadbury Medal

The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts has awarded the 2016 Christopher Cadbury Medal for services to the advancement of nature conservation in the British Islands, to Dave Cole, naturalist and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust volunteer. Dave has been...

A reedy big project…

Thanks to generous funding from Anglian Water, we’ve been able to undertake a much needed improvement project in our reed bed with the help of a floating amphibious excavator…

New kit, big difference!

Joe tells us all about a new piece of kit that will improve the way we manage our grasslands

Island clearance

One of the biggest jobs our habitat team undertake in the autumn is island clearance – but why do we do it? Joe tells us more…

A week of work experience

This week we were joined by a number of work experience students, read more to find out how they got on

Tales from the Trainees

With the winter work completed it is time to start on the summer survey season here at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Tales from the Trainees

In early March, we began construction on a much needed extension to the existing 15 year old badger hide…

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