Rutland Water thank you event for volunteers a huge success!
To celebrate volunteers’ week and to say a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers, a guided walk was organised at Rutland Water nature reserve. Woodland Trust volunteers from the central region came along, the group was made up of a mixture of volunteer wardens, woodland working group members, woodland creation champions and others.
Rutland Nature Reserve is a designated SSSI, special protection area and RAMSAR site and is home to over 25,000 waterfowl. The site is also known for its successful osprey reintroduction programme, so there were hopes that an osprey or two might be spotted on the walk!
Paul Trevor, the Reserves Officer from the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust met the group of volunteers at the Wildlife Trust’s volunteer training centre, a bespoke building which boasts spectacular views of lagoon 4. A wide range of wildfowl and waders could be viewed in this wetland panorama, including little egret, shelduck and curlew.
After a brief overview of the history of the site, Paul took the group for a walk through the wooded area of the reserve, which is off limits to the public. This ‘behind the scenes’ tour gave the volunteers the chance to find out about the conservation management of this particular area. Paul talked about the many wildlife monitoring activities that take place on site, including moth trapping and bird ringing and showed the group the tern rafts from the bittern hide. It was here that the group got a view of an osprey soaring over the Hambleton peninsular.
Following the walk the group returned to the centre for some tea and cake. Thanks to everyone who supported this event.
Amanda Brookes – Volunteer Development Officer (Central Region)