This blog is written by employees of Nottinghamshire County Council, the views in this blog are personal and may not be shared by the County Council.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Easter egg hunt

Come to Rufford and find the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden.
Can you find all 10 patterned eggs plus a special Golden egg?

£1 per Trail, car park charges apply, subject to availability, see tourist information for more details.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Spring has sprung

Whilst being set the task of finding signs of Spring one of the team managed to photograph an early Bluebell and a basking Peacock Butterfly. 
Other signs have included Long-Tailed Tits with nesting material and Chiffchaffs singing away at the tops of trees. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Work experience

Recently we took on someone for a fortnights work experience. We were very happy with his work ethic and he was very hard working. He had to complete a list for his College of things he had done.
The list shows the variety of jobs we have to undertake with no week being the same.

I am currently studying at north Nottinghamshire College, and doing work experience at Rufford Country Park. Whist doing my placement I have carried out a large variety of tasks which I have enjoyed. Below is a list of those.

Planting Roses
Re-siting various shrubs and flowers
Assisting with opening and closing the site.  

Processed a fallen tree on the water side.
Transported limestone around the site.
Assisting with opening and closing the site.

Assisted with the process of tree felling.
Chainsaw maintenance.
Assisting with opening and closing the site.

Carried out limestone footpath repairs.
Felled a dead tree in gardens.
Collected brash from around the site.

Checking orienteering posts around the site.
Prepared new orienteering posts.

Hedge laying 
Helped open and close the site.

Pruning Roses
Assisted in relocating  an injured swan

Transporting Limestone.
Transporting tools around the site.
Assisted with opening and closing the site.

Carried out repairs to the children’s play area.
Watered various plants around the site.
Observed a tree specialist at work. 

Carried out  repairs to the children’s play area
Transported limestone around the site.

Sunday, 8 March 2015


The TrailCam was placed in a spot where the Fox had been seen regularly and after a few days the TrailCam caught it at night, sneaking around. 
Other things caught on the TrailCam include a Stoat moving it's young around and a mallard attempting to eat a fish.

Thursday, 5 March 2015


Contrary to popular belief there are many types of gulls, below shows an image of two different gulls all in the same place on Rufford Lake, can you see the differences??

Look at size, leg colour, wing colour etc.