Call us on 0116 262 9968 and use your debit / credit card
Send a cheque (made payable to Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust) to Freepost RTGZ-LRTC-CJVE, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester LE3 5DE
Check out our Wildlife Diary for what to see on our nature reserves. For locations and further details on Trust nature reserves see the reserve pages on the Trust’s website or refer to your Nature Reserves Guide.
Join one of our 60th Anniversary Walks to experience and enjoy the fascinating flora and fauna at different Trust nature reserves and other sites. Places are limited so booking is essential. Book online using the links below – when you book remember to click View Details to see map of walk location and meeting point. Alternatively, contact the Trust office on 0116 262 9968.
Details of upcoming Anniversary Walks are as follows:
Wildflowers of Floodplain Meadows, Aylestone Meadows Saturday 2 July 1:30pm-3:30pm
A chance to visit this species-rich floodplain site and discover the plants that characterise this rare habitat and make it so special. Book online here
Dragonfly Walk, Mountsorrel Marshes & Meadows Friday 8 July 1pm-3:30pm
Whether you are a complete beginner or wanting some tips to hone your identification skills, everyone is welcome to discover the summer species on the wing at these neighbouring nature reserves. Book online here
Bats & Glow-worms, Ketton Saturday 9 July 9pm-11pm
An evening walk to search for different species of bats in the village and then enjoy the fascinating light display of female glow-worms at the old quarry. Book online here
Soar Valley Living Landscape, Cossington to Sileby Mill Thursday 11 August 7pm-9pm
Stroll along the river Soar and learn about the Trust’s work reconnecting the habitats of the Soar valley nature reserves in order to enhance the flora & fauna of the floodplain. Book online here
Grasshopper Safari, Bradgate Park Friday 16 September 1pm-3:30pm
Search for different species of grasshopper and learn about their special habitats in Bradgate Park. Book online here
Osprey and Wildlife Cruises
One of the most exciting ways of seeing ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the Rutland Osprey Project team aboard the Rutland Belle.
The idea is simple; we sail to the parts of the reservoir where there is the best chance of seeing these magnificent fish eating hawks, and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with breath-taking views. On many occasions we have enjoyed the spectacular sight of ospreys diving for fish very close to the boat, making it a trip to remember for those lucky enough to be on board. Even on those rare occasions when ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view.
With help from volunteers and Trust members, a wide variety of woolly wildlife animals have been knitted and crocheted – ranging from slugs and snails to blue tits, frogs and moles. These creatures have been placed all along a circular route on both nature reserves. The trails will be on the nature reserves from now until the beginning of September. Please go and visit them and enjoy!
Please note that Dimminsdale Nature Reserve has numerous steps and areas of deep water, and that no dogs are allowed at the Holwell Nature Reserves.
If you have any questions, please contact Nathalie on 0116 248 7362 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trust is organising a variety of children’s holiday activity sessions at various locations during July and August:
Wednesday 3rd August @ Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Leicester
Minibeast hunting, pond dipping, quiz trail, games, crafts. (Drop in, pay on day – £2.50 for activities).
NB Children’s holiday activities are suitable for 5 – 12 year olds. ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.
The countdown has started towards this year’s Birdfair which runs from Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
Described as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury, Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. Birdfair is the event of the year if you love birds and wildlife.
There are hundreds of stands promoting everything of interest for wildlife enthusiasts – from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to birdfood, eGuides to eco-holidays.
A full programme of events and lectures over six locations will feature Birdfair regulars Chris Packham, Simon King, Nick Baker, Mike Dilger, and many more.
Last year the Birdfair raised a record sum of £320,000 for BirdLife International to protect vulnerable migratory birds in the Eastern Mediterranean. The 2016 Birdfair will raise money to save Important Bird Areas in Africa.
Volunteer at Birdfair 2016 and make a difference
We need as much help as possible!
As a volunteer, you will be an essential part of the Birdfair team and of this amazing event – a few of hours of your time will make all the difference to wildlife around the world.
There are a number of roles you can get involved with:
Read all about it – the latest edition of the Leicestershire & Rutland Recorder is out now.
This attractive 52-page full colour journal is dedicated to the recording of wildlife in the two counties.Published by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust on behalf of the County Recorders’ Network, it is edited by well-known local naturalist Steve Woodward. You can enjoy 23 articles on a wide range of species, plus photographs, from a number of wildlife experts.
The Trust believes that the recording of our counties’ wildlife by local naturalists is essential, so that we have the necessary information to carry out effective nature conservation work. This journal provides a place for naturalists to publish their findings so that others can make use of them.
Copies of the Recorder No.12 can be obtained from the Trust office for £5 (plus £1.50 p & p). Telephone 0116 262 9968 or email email@example.com. Copies are also on sale at the Trust office and from the shop within the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
Make a date for the Trust’s Diamond Anniversary Art Exhibition
During our 60th anniversary year we want to reveal just how amazing our nature reserves are, so we’ve invited a large number of local artists to take up the challenge to explore and interpret these special places through their art. We’ve encouraged them to find the unexpected views, the unusual aspects, the perhaps less well-known locations and species, or to show how we humans interact with the wild – as visitors, observers or volunteers.
From October 9th – 14th 2016, there will be a very special exhibition of their work ‘Revealed – The Secret Wild’ in The Guildhall, Leicester, located at the heart of the city centre next to the Cathedral. The exhibition will run from 11 am – 4.30pm on Sunday 9th to Thursday 13th October and from 11 am – 1pm on Friday 14th October. Admission is free both to the exhibition and to The Guildhall itself.
This will be a wonderful 60th anniversary event and one not to be missed by art and wildlife lovers. All the artwork will be for sale, with 25% commission going to Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust funds. Put the dates in your diary and tell all your family and friends.
We would also really appreciate the help of volunteers to welcome visitors to the exhibition and provide information and general assistance. If you can spare a few hours during that week then please contact Maggie Morland at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01509 8900077.
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester LE3 5DE