A Wild Weekend

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) came along, and we were lucky to be joined by ‘Keeping it Wild’, the youth group from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (13 – 25 year olds). The purpose of the weekend was an important one – the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), based in Newark, wanted to quiz young people interested in wildlife on how the Wildlife Trusts could improve their youth engagement strategy. So Becky Corby, leader of ‘Wild Skills’ and ‘Wild Horizons’, and Laura Bacon, leader of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Keeping in Wild’, got their heads together to plan a weekend that would meet the aims of RSWT and also be great fun for our 3 combined youth groups. We started on Saturday morning with a focus group, led by Beth Rowland from RSWT. Members of all 3 youth groups contributed some excellent ideas, letting Beth know what they think the Wildlife Trust does well and not so well. They then had a questionnaire to fill out, this time from another Beth, Beth Searle of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, currently working on the ‘Wild Trax’ youth engagement project. Both Beths found the input of our youth groups really useful and were able to go back to their projects with lots of new ideas. After a bit of lunch we then started on the afternoons activity – building duck traps for the bird ringing group. Having never built a duck...

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