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A tree-mendous day out for all the family at Rutland Water

Enjoy a fun family day out - and discover what makes a woodland buzz – on Saturday (April 19). Make a bee line to Barnsdale on the north shore of Rutland Water to join staff and volunteers of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for a range of activities.

“This is a day for the family,” said Rutland Water’s Nature Reserve Manager Tim Appleton. "April heralds the start of spring the woodlands are alive with wildlife of all kinds."

We will be putting on a variety of guided walks and a variety of demonstrations throughout the day will include bird ringing, wood turning, hedge-laying and willow weaving, pyrography, chair making and Japanese hand saws!

There will be demonstrations from woodland craftsmen and women and a number of wildlife-themed stalls. Hot food and other refreshments will be available.

Exhibitors will include the Rutland Osprey Project, local hedge-layer Ray Sykes, Northfield Farm Ltd, Manor Farm tree surgery and charcoal making, Rutland Willows, plus lots of local arts and crafts and children’s activity areas.  Dave Watson will be demonstrating Bushcraft skills - as seen on BBC Countryfile!

There will be plenty of activities for children to get involved in. They can join in everything from nest box building, to tree ID dials, as well as leaf crown making and other woodland crafts with Wildlife WATCH, the junior branch of the Trust, and part of the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids.

The fun takes place throughout the day, between 10am and 4pm, and entry to the event is £5 per car to include car parking and some public participation opportunities.

Check out the Rutland Water Nature Reserve website www.rutlandwater.org.uk for more details, email [email protected] or ring 01572 653 042 for further details.

Photograph: Bird rining demonstration at the Rutland Water Woodland Day. (SB/LRWT)

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