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  • Schools can Go Wild with the Melton

    The Melton Building Society is inviting local primary schools to apply for a share of a special £8,000 Wildlife Fund to provide opportunities for children to learn ...
  • Sign up for Birdfair

    Tickets for Birdfair 2017 are on sale now!  Rutland Water Nature Reserve at Egleton is simply the place to be to on Friday August 18, Saturday August ...
  • Love the sea!

    Celebrate National Marine Weeks with The Wildlife Trusts. The North Sea is amazing and we want to shout about it! Between July 29 and August 13 ...
  • Discover the wildlife on our nature reserves

    Grasslands on dry, calcareous soils (ie rich in the mineral calcium carbonate) come into their own at this time of year. On hot, sunny days ...
  • Bees Needs Week

    Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens. Bees’ Needs ...
  • Join the Big Butterfly Count

    Help take nature’s pulse by joining this nationwide survey run by conservation charity Butterfly Conservation.  The Big Butterfly Count is happening from Friday July 14 ...
  • Join us for our Osprey Family Fun Day

    Bring the family to our Osprey Family Fun Day at Rutland Water Nature Reserve’s Lyndon Centre (LE15 8RN) on Tuesday August 1 for a fun-filled ...
  • New Recorder on sale now

    The new edition of the Leicestershire & Rutland Recorder is out now. This attractive 52-page full colour journal is dedicated to the recording of wildlife ...
  • Summer exhibition at The Priest's House

    The Priest’s House at Easton on the Hill, one of the National Trust’s smallest properties, is this summer housing a Wildlife Trusts exhibition entitled ‘Our ...
  • Visit our grassland nature reserves this month

    By the beginning of June all of our trees are in leaf and, as a consequence of their shading effect, there are fewer flowers to ...
  • General Election: it matters for our wildlife

    The snap UK General Election on June 8 is happening at a crucial time for wildlife and the next HM Government will have some big ...
  • Mixed news from Manton Bay

    The Rutland Osprey Project team were thrilled to see the first osprey chicks of 2017 for Maya and her mate 33. It is always exciting ...
  • Go wild on our reserves in May

    Arguably the most beautiful month of the year, we are spoilt for choice in May when deciding where to go and enjoy nature. In the ...
  • Sign up now for 30 Days Wild!

    Take the challenge and do something wild every day in June – that's 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness. When you sign up for 30 ...
  • Easter Eggs

    This could be a very exciting 'osprey season' at Rutland Water Nature Reserve! The Manton Bay ospreys – Maya and 33(11) – are incubating four ...
  • Madagascar’s forests boosted by record fundraising Birdfair

    A record breaking total of £350,000, raised at Birdfair 2016 has been presented to BirdLife International to help fund vital conservation work in Madagascar and ...
  • Government urged to use Brexit to restore and enhance the environment

    The Greener UK coalition of 13 major environmental organisations, including The Wildlife Trusts, has launched its manifesto calling on the UK government to restore and ...
  • Every garden should have a nest box

    Valentine’s Day, February 14, marks the start of the 20th annual National Nest Box Week, organised by British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Putting up nest ...
  • Vote for Rutland Water

    Rutland Water has been nominated as Heritage Site of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017. Now in their sixth year, the awards ...
  • Welcome to new Rutland Water Nature Reserve Manager

    The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is very pleased to welcome Dr Mat Cottam as the new Reserve Manager at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Mat ...
  • Winter watch starlings’ synchronised aerobatic display

    The BBC’s Winterwatch may have ended but there is a true winter spectacle happening close to home – at the Trust’s Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve. ...
  • Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Recording Conference 2017

    This event will be held on Sunday 26th February 2017, at the Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley, Leicestershire (close to the village centre). The aim ...
  • Feed the winter birds

    Our garden wildlife needs a little help from us now that winter has January in its grip and a regular supply of bird seed, suet ...
  • Countryside and farming at risk

    A new report by a parliamentary committee warns Government that environmental protections must not be weakened after Brexit. The Wildlife Trusts respond... On January 4th ...
  • Christmas shopping ideas from the Trust

    Struggling to think of Christmas presents for nature-loving friends and family? We could have the answer! Why not escape the crowds and visit our shop ...
  • Gift membership to the Trust is not just for Christmas

    Looking for an inspiring gift that opens up a whole year of opportunities? Help protect local wildlife by giving a Gift Membership for the Leicestershire ...
  • 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, ...
  • Get out and about with our new Nature Reserves Guide

    To mark our 60th anniversary the Trust's Nature Reserves Guide has been completely updated and redesigned. The new guide is easy to use with: full ...
  • The Wildlife Trusts are John Lewis’ Christmas charity partner

    The Wildlife Trusts are delighted to be John Lewis’s Christmas campaign charity partner. This year’s John Lewis Christmas advert celebrates – with sparkle and a ...
  • You are invited to the Trust AGM

    All members are welcome to attend our AGM, which will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th November 2016 at Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road, ...
  • Ralph is a local community hero

    Long-serving Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust volunteer Ralph Johnson’s tireless dedication to the Trust’s Holwell Nature Reserves has been recognised with the Melton Times Environment ...
  • Go batty for Wild About Gardens Week

    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is encouraging gardeners across the two counties to help bats this autumn, as part of the national Wild about Gardens ...
  • Revealed - The Secret Wild

    Join us at Revealed - The Secret Wild, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust’s 60th Anniversary Art Exhibition at The Guildhall, Leicester, from Sunday 9th to Friday ...
  • Report calls for 48 new protected areas at sea

    The Wildlife Trusts has just published a new report, The case for more Marine Conservation Zones. The report identifies 48 areas at sea that, if ...
  • Jobs opportunities

    Reserve Manager Rutland Water Nature Reserve Oakham, Rutland £35,000 per annum Dynamic and experienced professional conservation manager required to lead Rutland Water Nature Reserve - an ...
  • More than one in ten UK species threatened with extinction

    It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now. That is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading ...
  • Be an advocate for badgers

    The Wildlife Trusts’ President Emeritus, Simon King OBE, has launched a new e-petition on the Government website calling for an end to the badger cull and ...
  • Birdfair boost for saving the hen harrier

    Preventing the hen harrier from becoming extinct in England, a species protected by law since 1954, attracted support from people attending the recent Birdfair at ...
  • Beer’s an idea for Birdfair

    Raise a glass at this weekend’s Birdfair 2016 to celebrate the Trust’s 60th anniversary! Birdfair sees the launch of a new beer called European Fox ...
  • Boost for birds, bees and butterflies from new countryside coalition

    The Wildlife Trusts and LEAF have created a unique model for nature-friendly farming across 44,500 acres nationwide, as part of a new Jordans Farm Partnership. ...
  • Countdown to Birdfair

    The countdown to Birdfair 2016 has begun. Rutland Water Nature Reserve at Egleton from Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21 is simply the place to be ...
  • Woolly wildlife trails

    To celebrate the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust's 60th Anniversary, woolly wildlife trails have been created on two of our nature reserves - Dimminsdale Nature ...
  • Bee inspired

    It is Bees’ Needs Week and we are all being urged to help our precious pollinators thrive. You don’t have to be green-fingered: everyone can ...
  • Vital support from Husky

    The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is delighted to receive a very generous donation of £12,500 from local company, Husky – a leading global refrigeration ...
  • Volunteer Training Centre wins another award

    The Trust’s Volunteer Training Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve has won another award – Best Public Service Building in the LABC (Local Authority Building ...
  • EU Referendum - implications for wildlife

    With the EU Referendum over, the challenges faced by the UK’s wildlife are as great as they have ever been. Wildlife is under real pressure ...
  • Children get tips on making the perfect nest

    Pupils from Stonebow Primary School in Loughborough took their lessons into the outdoors recently and developed some useful nest building skills with help from Leicestershire ...
  • Nicholas is an Unsprung hero

    Nicholas Watts of Vine House Farm has been presented with a BBC Springwatch Unsprung Wildlife Hero award. He and his grandson Tim, showed Springwatch presenter ...
  • New Recorder out now

    Read all about it – the latest edition of the Leicestershire & Rutland Recorder is out now. This attractive 52-page full colour journal is dedicated ...
  • EU Referendum and the natural world

    The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will take place on 23rd June 2016. There are many factors that the electorate will ...
  • Our lives are better when they're a little bit wild

    This June, can you do something wild every day for 30 days? Have a go, and feel happier, healthier and more connected to nature this ...
  • Leicester March Against the Badger Cull

    All are invited to show support for badgers at the Leicester March Against the Badger Cull on Saturday May 21 from 12:30 pm to 3 ...
  • Happy birthday Sir David

    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust congratulates its Patron Sir David Attenborough on his 90th birthday. Sir David is one of our best loved and most ...
  • Schools from 12 countries ready for WOW

    The third World Osprey Week (WOW) takes place from 11th to 15th April. Organised by the Rutland Osprey Project as part of the Osprey Flyways Project, WOW ...
  • Look out for these birds of pray

    Peregrine falcons are being encouraged to make a home at Leicester Cathedral. The Dean, The Very Rev David Monteith, contacted the Trust to check if ...
  • Join the ospreys and brave the weather

    You would not believe it from the weather forecast but we are officially into British Summer Time. However, there are signs of spring so why ...
  • Win wildlife friendly features for your school

    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is offering primary schools across Leicester the chance to win a prize worth £500 to help attract wildlife to their ...
  • Mothering Sunday at the Botanic Garden

    The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is the chosen partner charity to celebrate the first signs of spring at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden ...
  • Your unwanted binoculars are wanted for South America

    For the past year Trust members Michael and Paula Webster have been visiting conservation projects in Argentina, Chile and Peru. They have delivered conservation talks ...
  • Natter while you knit - and celebrate our anniversary

    This is the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s 60th year, and to celebrate we are putting on lots of exciting and fun events. Part of ...
  • Forest School flourishes thanks to funding boost

    Children in Leicester can continue to enjoy the great outdoors with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, thanks to a funding boost from players of People’s ...
  • Job Vacancies

    The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is looking for committed and talented people for three job opportunities:  Birdfair Office Assistant 20 hours per week Fixed ...
  • Charnwood Local Group needs you

    The Leicestershire and Wildlife Trust’s Charnwood Local Group urgently needs new members for its managing committee. “It’s not an onerous job, but essential for the ...
  • Second wave of marine protection welcomed

    The Wildlife Trusts have welcomed the designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).  UK seas have the potential to be full of incredible life ...
  • Our winter garden wildlife needs help

    Now winter has arrived, temperatures have dropped dramatically and wildlife really needs our help. December was unusually mild and birds could access natural food but ...
  • Job opportunities

    The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is looking for committed and talented people for two job opportunities:  Membership Assistant 25 hours per week Salary £16,696 ...
  • Celebrating our achievements in this New Year

    2016 marks an important milestone for the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust – it’s our 60th anniversary year! The Trust formally came into existence on ...
  • Christmas greetings

    Happy Christmas to all our members and supporters from everyone at Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust  When you have munched your way through the festive ...
  • Shop with the Trust this Christmas

    Escape to the country and visit the Trust's shop within the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve (LE15 8BT) where you can ...
  • The Wildlife Trusts launch new initiative to make ‘Every Child Wild’

    Evidence has been growing for a number of years pointing to the array of health and social benefits to be derived from contact with the ...
  • Drowned otter found in trap

    The dangers crayfish traps pose to otters were starkly illustrated when, very sadly, a dead otter was found in a trap washed downstream at Kings ...
  • Wild about Gardens Week: Help our hedgehogs

    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is encouraging gardeners across the two counties to help hedgehogs this autumn, as part of the national Wild About Gardens Week. ...
  • Government called on to deliver ambitious vision for nature

    An inspirational long-term plan is urgently needed to save nature and improve our well-being. That is the clear message from the Response for Nature report ...
  • Make a date for the Trust’s diamond year

    Help us celebrate the Trust’s 60th anniversary in 2016 by treating yourself, family and friends to a copy of our first ever wildlife calendar. To ...
  • Germaine Greer talks in Stamford about her great environmental challenge

    Acclaimed writer and pioneer feminist Germaine Greer takes to the stage at Stamford’s Arts Centre on Thursday 12 November to talk about an environmental challenge ...
  • Leicester and its river: the story of the River Soar and how Leicester has grown up with it

    New wildlife group Knighton Wild invites you to a talk by Adrian Lane, on the story of the River Soar and its tributaries. The story ...
  • Win a #WildsPlay Day with Nick Baker!

    Flying kites, skimming stones or chasing butterflies? What outdoor fun activity does your family enjoy doing together? Show us what you love and you could ...
  • Thanks a million

    Nicholas Watts’ passion for the natural world has led to his family business supporting UK wildlife conservation to the tune of £1,000,000, through feeding birds ...
  • Secrets of the seabed

    A dive team, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts, is undertaking exploratory scientific surveys in a bid to better understand the UK’s marine environment and help ...
  • Children’s osprey activity book launches at Birdfair

    Be an Osprey Expert, a new activity book specifically written for children, will be launched at this year’s Birdfair by the Rutland Osprey Project. The ...
  • Follow the Gruffalo to Birdfair!

    This year’s Birdfair at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, is even more family friendly than ever. And, of course, Birdfair is simply the place to be to ...
  • Firewood sales will help the Trust

      Logs originating from the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s Launde Park Wood nature reserve can now be purchased from Eyebrook Wild Bird Feeds. The ...
  • Rutland ospreys achieve their first century

    The Rutland Osprey Project celebrated a major milestone this week, when the 100th osprey chick to fledge from a nest in the Rutland Water area ...
  • Sir David opens Volunteer Training Centre

    Trust patron Sir David Attenborough has officially opened the Volunteer Training Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Sir David was warmly welcomed when he took ...
  • Could you be a Face-to-Face Membership Recruiter for the Trust?

    We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people, with a passion for wildlife and a flair for communication, to join our team of face-to-face membership ...
  • Make a date for Wild Rutland Day

    Discover the wonders of Rutland Water Nature Reserve during Wild Rutland Day on Saturday June 27. For the price of a permit you can enjoy ...
  • Get your copy of Recorder now!

    The latest edition of the Leicestershire & Rutland Recorder – an attractive 48-page full colour journal dedicated to the recording of wildlife in the two ...
  • Enjoy your own summerwatch!

    Leave the tv behind and explore the wildlife and wild places of Leicestershire and Rutland by joining one of the Trust’s Wild Walks or other ...
  • Watch out for the latest osprey news

    It was an exciting Bank Holiday weekend for the Rutland Osprey Project where three Manton Bay osprey chicks hatched in the Manton Bay nest. You ...
  • Black to Green – coalpits to treetops

    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is delighted to be part of an exciting new project. The Black to Green project will conserve and enhance the ...
  • 30 Days Wild - sign up for 1-30 June

    This June, can you do something wild every day for a month? Make room for nature this June - no matter where you are or ...
  • Join a Wild Walk

    Get out and about this spring and summer and explore the wildlife and wild places of Leicestershire and Rutland by joining one of our Wild ...
  • Buzzing about in the Botanic Garden

    Flowers need bumblebees for pollination; bumbles need flowers to provide nectar (energy for flight) and pollen (protein for their developing young); and gardeners need both! Why not ...
  • Memorial donation supports the Rutland Osprey Project

    The Rutland Osprey Project, a partnership between the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and Anglian Water, has received a significant boost with the presentation of ...
  • Mike Dilger to help RNHS celebrate 50th Anniversary

    Rutland Natural History Society is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a celebrity lecture on May 8 by Mike Dilger, BBC presenter and naturalist. During his ...
  • Trust offers children chance to win wildlife area for their school

    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust has launched a competition offering three Leicester city primary schools the exciting opportunity to have a wild area created in ...
  • Welcome home!

    After an anxious wait for the Rutland Osprey Project team the Manton Bay Ospreys  – Maya and 33(11) – have reunited at their nest. The ...
  • Volunteer Training Centre boost from the Melton

    Building work on our new Volunteer Training Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve is progressing well, and due for completion in early summer. The Wild ...
  • The king has returned!

    Look to the skies around Rutland Water  – ‘our’ ospreys are coming home! Osprey 03(97) arrived from his wintering ground on March 17. Last year ...
  • A Wild Life is a Better Life

    Patron of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Sir David Attenborough has highlighted why the natural world is so important to us all. When we stop and ...

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