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Rutland Water Nature Reserve Volunteers

Rutland Water Nature Reserve has a highly committed team of over 500 volunteers. It’s no understatement to say that they’re all absolutely vital to the running of the reserve. Volunteers from all walks of life, ages and abilities are involved in every aspect of its day to day life, from welcoming visitors at our two centres, to the practical management of habitats and monitoring the variety of birds and other taxa found here. Our biggest public event, Birdfair, which is held annually from the third Friday of August for 3 days, is also our biggest volunteering event. It relies on over 300 volunteers to sell tickets, run lecture theatres, sell merchandise, and act as stewards. A 500 strong team might sound pretty big – but we’re always looking for extra pairs of hands to help us maintain our “Britain’s favourite nature reserve” status.

There’s so much more to volunteering at Rutland Water than simply making a difference to our organisation and its work. Whilst it’s an incredible way to help us, it’s immensely rewarding for our volunteers as individuals. Rutland Water Nature Reserve is a community, volunteering unites people from different backgrounds and builds camaraderie – it’s a great way to make friends and socialise with like-minded people. We watch our volunteers grow in confidence, self-esteem and empathy towards others and there is a huge sense of pride and identity from our teams. Volunteering keeps the blues and bay and makes you healthier. It’s an opportunity to gain new skills and share talents with others. And for many, it’s a much needed escape from the norm.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sarah Proud
Contact Position
Volunteer Coordinator
01572 720049
Parent Organisation
Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Where to go

Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Volunteer Training Centre
Oakham Road
Near Hambleton
LE15 8AD
  • Welcome visitors at our two busy visitor centres, the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre and Lyndon Visitor Centre.
  • Assist with the practical management of the reserve – woodland management tasks such as coppicing and dead hedging, building hides, fencing work and improving access pathways, animal husbandry, grassland management and lots more!
  • Engage with the local community – we work with local schools and community groups, and well as putting on events, activities and courses and giving talks. You might like to lead our Wildlife Watch group or get involved with our youth group “Wild Skills”.
  • Monitor the famous Rutland Water Ospreys and engage the public in the work of the project.
  • Assist at the annual Birdfair, whether it be by selling tickets and welcoming visitors, helping in the lecture theatres, working with our site team or selling Birdfair merchandise
  • Record and monitor our precious wildlife – we’re always looking for volunteers with good ID skills; or perhaps you specialise in a particular taxa and would be willing to share your knowledge with others?
  • You can view all of our current opportunities on our website here

Time / Date Details

When is it on
The reserve is open 9am-5pm in the summer, and 9am-4pm in the winter, only closing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

This page was last updated on: 05/10/2021

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