New Faces

2017 saw some staff changes at Rutland Water, with Senior Project Officer Tim Mackrill leaving in April, and then in October, Kayleigh Brookes, our wonderful Project Officer, moved onto pastures new after 4 seasons with the Rutland Ospreys . Both of them are greatly missed, but luckily we have 2 excellent new staff members joining the team this year!

Rebecca Pitman is the new Senior Reserves Officer (Projects) for Rutland Water, overseeing the osprey project and the species monitoring work at the reserve.

Rebecca has previously worked for the RSPB, the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, the National Trust and Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership. Her CV includes roles covering reserve management, wildlife monitoring and people engagement, on reserves including RSPB Ramsey Island, Blakeney Point, RSPB Lakenheath Fen, RSPB Newport Wetlands and RSPB The Lodge. Having previously specialised in swifts for the RSPB before coming to Rutland Water, Rebecca regards working on ospreys as a promotion (if not at least due to being a much bigger species).

Originally hailing from South Wales, Rebecca is looking forward to getting to know Rutland Water and the surrounding area, as well as the start of the season and of course the return of the ospreys.

Joining Rebecca as Project Officer for the 2018 season is Anya Wicikowski – we welcome Anya back to Rutland Water as she is a previous Trainee Reserve Officer

Anya with Nick Baker at the Birdfair

Anya is a born and bred Rutlander, she first started volunteering on the Osprey Project at the age of 15, and from then on, she was hooked.  Since then she has completed a BSc in Wildlife Conservation taking a placement year during her undergraduate to work as a Trainee Reserve Officer at Rutland Water. After her degree, she worked for the RSPB on the Stone-Curlew project as Community Engagement Officer. She then decided to study for her Masters in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation, during which time she worked on the habitat management team at Rutland Water for a brief two months, helping complete all the great management that takes place at Rutland Water.

In the Autumn Anya decided to take after the birds and migrated to Malawi, to study hedgehogs for Conservation Research Africa. She is very excited to start at Rutland Water and hopes she can carry on the amazing work of the osprey project.

A big welcome to both Rebecca and Anya, we’re looking forward to another great osprey season this year with them both!