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...

A summary of Bird Ringing at Fieldfare Hide 2017 – By Chris Hughes

INTRODUCTION  Due to a variety of factors, only four ringing sessions were undertaken at the site in 2017 although all proved to be productive in terms of numbers of birds processed. They also included a few surprises. At each session only a limited number of nets...

A Year of Mothing at Rutland Water by volunteer recorder, Paul Palmer

People often ask me what time of year do moths fly and are surprised to hear the answer: ‘Every month of the year.’ It is true that not so many fly in the colder months, and that they avoid windy and very wet weather, but many species, such as the Dark Chestnut and...

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

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