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Weekend Picks: Family Day

Dad’s Day Barbecue and Family Nature Trail: Sun 19th June (Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland)

Children can explore the garden nature trail to find birds, butterflies and insects Credit: Sharon Seele

Families are being invited to Barnsdale Gardens this weekend to celebrate the magic of summer's longest day with a round-the-garden nature trail.

Children can explore the gardens with the aid of a round-the-garden nature trail, to find some of the birds, butterflies and friendly minibeasts that live in the different habitats. There’ll also be events taking place throughout the day to celebrate Father’s Day.

These gardens have been organic for more than 20 years and it really shows in the abundance of wildlife… The ponds and streams are home to frogs and dragonflies too, and we've even spotted great crested newts in the Country Paradise Garden, so come and see what you can discover!"

– Catherine Hamilton, Barnsdale Gardens

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Weekend Picks: Wildlife Watch

Rutland Water Wildlife Watch: Sat 14th Feb (Rutland Water Nature Reserve)

Join the wildlife watch and take part in nature activities Credit: Hinrich BÀsemann/DPA/Press Association Images

Join the Wildlife Watch at Rutland water nature reserve this weekend for a day of exploring local wildlife.

By going along to a group visitors will be able to make friends with other nature detectives and take part in a range of practical activities – from pond dipping to wildlife safaris.

The wildlife watch groups are organised by trained volunteer leaders and helpers who know about the local wildlife and wild places.

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Weekend Picks: Hedgelaying Weekend

Hedgelaying Weekend for Beginners: Sat 6th Feb (Oakham, Rutland)

Two day hedgelaying course in Oakham this weekend Credit: Frank May/DPA/PA Images

Visitors will get the chance to the ancient art of hedgelaying this weekend in Oakham.

The two day course will be run by experienced hedge layer John Shone. By the end of the course visitors will be able to lay their own section of hedge in the local Midland style. All tools will be provided.

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Weekend Picks: Winter Wildfowl Day

Winter Wildfowl Day: Sat 16th January (Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Rutland)

Stock image of a wigeon Credit: Hinrich BÀsemann/DPA/Press Association Images

Anglian water birdwatching centre in Rutland are holding a winter wildfowl day on Saturday. Visitors will get the opportunity to see the wide variety of wildfowl at Rutland Water. In the past guests have seen American Wigeon, Scaup, Eider and Great Northern Diver breeds.

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Leicestershire Police appeal for witnesses after fatal collision

Leicestershire Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision on the A1 in Rutland yesterday.

The collision happened just after 2pm on the northbound carriageway, north of the Bloody Oaks services.

A 52-year-old man, the driver of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The collision involved a black Mercedes and a lorry, however the lorry driver was not injured.

A stretch of the northbound carriageway of the A1 has been closed to enable officers to conduct their enquiries at the scene.

Leicestershire Police want anyone who saw what happened or saw the manner in which either vehicle was being driven prior to the collision to get in touch by calling Detective Constable 1761 Pete Davies on 101.

A1 northbound near Tickencote closed

A1 Northbound near Tickencote Credit: Google Maps

Leicestershire police have said that the A1 northbound is closed due to a serious collision at Tickencote.

Delays can also also be expected going southbound despite the carriageway remaining open.

The A1 northbound between the A606 near Stamford and the B1081 near Great Casterton is the area affected.

Police are currently at the scene and a diversion is in place.

Traffic is directed off the A1 at Stamford and should follow the black circle symbol on local road signs. This will traffic via the A606 westbound-northbound to Melton Mowbray. Continue via the one-way system to remain on the A606. At the junction with the A606/A607/A6006 turn right on to the A607 and stay on this road eastbound-northbound to the A1 at Grantham.

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