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Osprey Club!

Ambassadors Visit to Lyndon              (by Pete Murray, Education Officer)

Sunday proved to be a lovely day with bright sunshine and blue skies over Rutland. At Lyndon the Osprey Ambassadors held their May Osprey Club during the afternoon, and seven local schools were represented by seventeen “Osprey Ambassadors”.

There was plenty of excitement in the hide for our youngsters and other visitors, with ospreys making some unsuccessful dives into the water in front of the hide to catch fish, plenty of flights around the nest, and a warning “fly-by” from 33 directed at other birds he considered were just too close to the nest site.

The hide telescopes, and the binoculars which we have for school groups, gave us a better view of the action, with the nest camera on screen in the hide for a better view inside the nest to see Maya feeding the chicks.

As always the other bird life in the reed beds and along the shore put on a good show. We had good views of sand martins, house martins, swallows feeding on insects above the water, and in the reed beds reed buntings and sedge warblers giving their raucous grating call. A languid flapping fight of a heron over the reed bed, a “swim-by” from two water voles, and after some strange squealing calls we had a brief appearance of a water rail . All right in front of the hide-what an afternoon!

The Osprey Ambassadors were given the May Osprey Presentation on a memory stick to take back to their schools, giving a pictorial report of the latest news from Lyndon, and a final reminder to children to send their “Ospreys and Us” movie competition entries to us this week!

Our thanks to parents and friends for bringing their Osprey Ambassadors from the following local schools: Leighfield Academy, Brooke Priory, Oakham C or E School, Casterton Primary School, Edith Weston Primary School, Edith Weston Primary School, Uppingham C of E School, and Brooke Hill Academy, and to the volunteers for in Waderscrape hide for their help!

Looking at Maya and 33

Looking at Maya and 33

Filling in the osprey activity record book

Filling in the osprey activity record book

Osprey fishing!

Osprey fishing!

Watching the osprey feet washing

Watching the osprey feet washing

Liz and Ken have a rest at the end of the osprey club

Liz and Ken have a rest at the end of the osprey club

 

 

Ospreys and Us

Ospreys and Us  by Pete Murray Rutland Osprey Project    (Education team)

The fact you are reading this makes you an important part of the Rutland Osprey community. Many use the website to keep up with the latest news through the Blog or the live Webcam, others visit the Lyndon Reserve to see the ospreys Maya and 33 on their nest in Manton Bay. Showing an interest and telling others about what is happening adds to the work done by the staff and huge number of volunteers here on the nature reserve at the Rutland Water Osprey Project! It is all these people who are a part this conservation initiative, now in its 21st year, who have made it such a success and will ensure its future.

Engaging the interest and enthusiasm of young people, particularly primary school children, is a very important part of the project. We see many families visiting the reserve, who bring their children and their friends to see the ospreys. There are many more, perhaps too far away to visit, who follow the latest news via the website.

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There are also teachers who make the Rutland Ospreys part of their lessons and get their classes or even the whole schools involved in osprey based activities as part of the school curriculum. We have over 300 schools registered on our website to use free the education materials and they also receive our monthly schools e-newsletter.

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We now have children in local schools who have become “Osprey Ambassadors”, taking the latest osprey news back to their school from Ambassadors Osprey Club each month.

So why is all this so important? It is the youngsters who are really the future of the Rutland Osprey project and it is great to see them grow up and take their interest in the Rutland Osprey project story with them to secondary school, college or university.

So, please inspire children you know with the Rutland Ospreys. It is these youngsters who will be the naturalists or conservationists of the future and in turn may in turn play an important part in projects like this one!

Want to do more- take a look below….

Making Movies – “Ospreys and Us” – Entries due in by 26th May

Time is short for individuals or groups of children to make and send us their short movie inspired by ospreys. There are separate primary and secondary school movie award categories.

Movies should be sent to us by Friday 26th May 2017.For more information about making and submitting your movie look in the Education section at by clicking here!

Winners will be invited to a world movie premiere, Ozzie’s “Ozcar” Awards on Wednesday 5th July held here at Rutland Water!

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Osprey Books – for children of all ages

Our readers and work books are all available at Lyndon Reserve. These form an important part of our school and reserve activities.

Take a look at our books page here!

OSPREY EXPERT JPEG (2)Ozzie's Migration Ozzie's Return Ozzie leads the way

 

Osprey Ambassadors – Osprey Club

The next  ”Osprey Ambassadors” monthly ”Osprey Club” is Sunday 21st May at Lyndon. Ambassadors will meet at Waderscrape hide to see the ospreys and get the latest osprey news .If they bring their Osprey Club “memory stick” we will give them the May Rutland Osprey presentation to take back to their schools.

Contact Ken if you want any information about Ambassadors and Osprey Club ken@rutlandwater.org.uk

Schools should take a look at the Ambassadors page on the Rutland Ospreys website for more information at http://www.ospreys.org.uk/osprey-ambassadors

Ambassadors from 6 schools attended our last osprey club, held at Lyndon in April

Ambassadors from 6 schools attended our last osprey club, held at Lyndon in April

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Summer Term – Movie competition 2017 – “Ospreys and Us”

Reminder to schools! Ospreys and Us movies must be sent to us by Friday 26th May 2017.

This year individuals or groups of children are invited to make a short movie inspired by ospreys.

We will have separate primary and secondary school movie award categories, and the winners will be invited to a movie premiere, Ozzie’s “Ozcar” Awards on Wednesday 5th July held at Rutland Water!

 

Want to know more?

For details about the movie competition and submitting your movie look in the Education section of this website. Follow the links below….

“Ospreys and us” movie page follow this link   http://www.ospreys.org.uk/ospreys-and-us/

 

Teaching notes -in the teaching resources pages. http://www.ospreys.org.uk/free-school-resources/

Osprey Experts!

As the Manton Bay ospreys incubate four eggs, the “education team” have been very busy during the last week visiting schools and meeting other groups of children in the Rutland area.

The education team spent Saturday morning giving an osprey talk and then doing a variety of osprey activities at Stamford Junior School. In the afternoon they visited the Lyndon reserve to see the ospreys and complete birdwatching and food chain tasks using “Osprey Expert” books.

Stamford Junior School at Lyndon

Stamford Junior School at Lyndon

Using "Osprey Expert"

Using “Osprey Expert”

 

Our first Ambassadors Osprey Club was held last Sunday at Lyndon , with the Osprey Ambassadors from six local primary schools taking part. We were treated to excellent views of Maya and 33 as well as two other passing ospreys in addition to some excellent birdwatching.

Osprey Club

Osprey Club

4- WATCHING THE OSPREYS AT OSPREY CLUB 5-OSPREY WATCHING WITH STAMFORD JUNIOR SCHOOL

Langham Junior School invited the education team to their first  “Osprey and Ornithology” club on Wednesday. We will see them at the Lyndon Reserve later this term to complete their “Be an Osprey Expert” books and sign their certificates for finishing all the tasks!

Langham Primary School

Langham Primary School

 

The Stamford Beavers were our final visit this week for an activity session using Osprey Expert. These youngsters also be visiting Lyndon in the summer to see the ospreys .By then  the eggs should have hatched and the young ospreys should be learning to fly!

Stamford Beavers

Stamford Beavers

8- KEN WORKS WITH THE BEAVERS

We have been really pleased to see the knowledge and interest of even the youngest primary school children we have met this week.

“Their scientific name is Pandion haliaetus”   “Ospreys are carnivores and predators”  “Ospreys have reversible toes”

The children’s questions have also been very impressive..

“How many ospreys successfully migrate?”  “How do ospreys get dry after catching fish?”

“How do young ospreys find their way to Africa?”

We look forward to seeing our new “Osprey Experts” again soon!

 

Schools are back!

Rutland Ospreys Education Newsletter                                                        April 2017

The 2017 Osprey season has begun! This latest newsletter outlines how schools and school children can be a part of this exciting osprey project.

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Latest Lyndon news …. Four eggs at Manton Bay nest

Maya and 33 have returned to their nest at Manton Bay. The pair are now incubating FOUR eggs, very unusual, and we expect the eggs to hatch in mid-May.

Check out the Manton Bay live webcam here!

 

20 ospreys have now returned with 7 pairs nesting in the Rutland Water area. Keep up with the latest on the website.

Osprey 30 with its satellite tracker is back!  Her latest migration route is now shown on the website.

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Osprey Ambassadors – Osprey Club

”Osprey Ambassadors” have just had their first monthly ”Osprey Club” at Lyndon. Ambassadors will take the latest osprey news and a presentation back into their schools. If your school wishes to choose two or three Osprey Ambassadors who could be our link with your school, take a look at the information on the Rutland Ospreys website for more information by clicking here!

Contact Ken for help with your Ambassadors by e-mail at ken@rutlandwater.org.uk

Summer Term – Movie competition 2017 – “Ospreys and Us”

This year individuals or groups of children are invited to make a short movie inspired by ospreys.

We will have separate primary and secondary school movie award categories. Movies must be sent to us by Friday 26th May 2017, and the winners will be invited to a movie premiere, Ozzie’s “Ozcar” Awards on Wednesday 5th July held at Rutland Water!

For more information about making and submitting your movie look in the Education section of the website and look for the “Ospreys and us”– movie page.

There are also some teaching notes about how to make your movie in both the primary and secondary teacher’s resources area of the website. Click here to view.

 

Get your school involved … inspire your children!

Free school educational resources

Schools can register and use our FREE primary and secondary teaching resources including worksheets (with teacher’s notes), lesson plans, and project ideas covering a wide range of national curriculum subjects. Click here for more information.

 

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If you would like to visit the Lyndon reserve with an educational group, take a look at what the Rutland Osprey Education Team can offer by clicking here!

 

Contact Ken for advice or to make a school visit booking.

E-mail ken@rutlandwater.org.uk

 

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The Education Team can also visit local schools and other organisations to give assemblies, presentations and run a choice of classroom activities. All the team are experienced teachers.

More information about school visits is on our website at by clicking here.

Contact Ken for advice or to make a booking.

E-mail ken@rutlandwater.org.uk

 

RECENT EVENTS

 

Ambassadors WOW Warm-Up

School Osprey Ambassadors   took part in an event held at the Volunteer Training Centre, Egleton Reserve to mark  the start of World Osprey Week 2017 (WOW).

They got the latest Rutland osprey news and were awarded their Ambassador badges!

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2017 World Osprey Week … WOW !   6

The 2017 event was a great success and the Education Team visited schools, hosted school visits to Lyndon and did a radio programme and an international Skype linking children in Rutland Spain, Africa and Italy!

The team were involved with 1300 children this year!

International Skype presentation by English Martyrs School Oakham.