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WOW – Day Three!

WOW – Day 3 Flying High

As we visited Wittering Primary School today, we wondered if osprey 30 will pass close by at the end of its 3500mile migration from West Africa back to Rutland! This osprey has a satellite tracker so we know it was in central France two days ago so, should be here any time now.

Over 300 pupils were at our presentation at Wittering Primary school, some of which we met last year but with many ”new” faces in the audience. We had lots of enthusiastic participation in our question and answer sessions, and had a really attentive audience of all ages!

Our picture shows Ken and Jackie with some of the children, all members of their school council. Hopefully they will choose some Osprey Ambassadors and we can meet up with them at Osprey Club at the Lyndon Reserve in late April.

Wittering Primary School

Wittering Primary School

 

Last night Tim Mackrill and Ken Davies did a presentation to an invited audience at Heffers book shop in Cambridge. Their wide-ranging talk covered the history of ospreys, their conservation story including the re-introduction, and what we have learned about the osprey migration. The osprey publications were also on display, with four children’s books (click here for full list) and Tim’s book about the Rutland Ospreys.

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Schools – more about WOW!

Be part of the  WOW experience! Click on the drop down menus in these sections of the Rutland Ospreys website

 

Education

Information about Osprey Ambassadors, Education team visits to your school, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition and more…click here!

World Osprey Week

Join in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school by clicking here!

 

Don’t forget you can follow the progress of 30(05) on her migration north, plus the migrations of five other ospreys from Finland and America. Click here for the interactive map!

 

 

WOW – Day Two!

WOW – Day 2 excitement!

We began the day with a visit to Casterton Primary school for an assembly, assisted by the school Osprey Ambassadors Louie and Sam, for a lively presentation to the school. W—O—W !

CASTERTON PRIMARY SCHOOL -JACKIE EXPLAINS MIGRATION

Casterton took part in the 2016 Skype calls to The Gambia, America, Spain and Italy, and are currently keen followers of the osprey tracking and the live Rutland Water osprey web camera. They certainly showed their knowledge and enthusiasm, and remembered so much from their osprey school work last year!

Pictured are the Casterton year 5 and 6 pupils and Ambassadors Louie Sam, with Jackie, Ken and Holly, who joins the osprey project team this year.

CASTERTON PUPILS AND AMBASSADORS WITH JACKIE, HEN AND HOLLY

This afternoon the Education Team visited Oakham C of E Primary to give a presentation to the Key Stage 1 pupils. Our thanks for a warm welcome by the staff and younger pupils, and we were assisted by their Osprey Ambassadors Phoebe, Daniel and Arlen who will be keeping their school up to date with the Rutland Ospreys in the coming weeks.

The photo shows with the Ambassadors and pupils of Oakham C of E Primary school.

 OAKHAM C OF E WITH JACKIE AND THEIR AMBASSADORS

 

Schools – more about WOW!

Want the WOW experience? Click on the drop down menus in these sections of the Rutland Ospreys website

 

Education

Information about Osprey Ambassadors, Education team visits to your school, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition and more…click here!

 

World Osprey Week

Join in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school by clicking here!

 

Don’t forget you can follow the progress of 30(05) on her migration north, plus the migrations of five other ospreys from Finland and America. Click here for the interactive map!

 

WOW – Day One!

WOW at Edith Weston School

What a reception we had from Edith Weston for our first school visit in World Osprey Week! W—O—W!

Elouise Maria and Sam, our Osprey Ambassadors, helped Ken, Jackie and Pete give a talk to the whole school .They asked them questions to see what they remembered about ospreys from our visit last to this school last year.

We were really impressed by their knowledge about the birds, and they told us about osprey adaptations and their migration journey.  It is the first time we have ever been told about “zygodactylic” osprey feet by a pupil in a primary school, so we clearly have some real osprey experts in the making here!

(If you don’t know, zygodactylic is the word to describe the way that the osprey can reverse a toe, so the talon has two pairs of opposing toes to grip the fish it is catching! Even a nine year old knows that!)

We finished with an osprey song which will hopefully inspire Edith Weston to enter the “Ospreys and Us” movie competition this year. We look forward to seeing them again on their visit to see the Rutland ospreys at the Lyndon reserve later in the school year.

Return of the Rutland Ospreys

Return of the Rutland Ospreys

Osprey journey from Africa

Osprey journey from Africa

How big is an osprey?

How big is an osprey?

Edith Weston Pupils with Ozzie the Osprey

Edith Weston Pupils with Ozzie the Osprey

 

Schools – get involved with WOW!

Click on the drop down menus in these sections of the Rutland Ospreys Website to find out more…

 

World Osprey Week

Join in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school by clicking here!

 

Education

Information about Osprey Ambassadors, visits to schools by the Education team, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition for children and more…click here for more information!

 

During this week, in addition to 30(05), we are following five other ospreys as they make their way home again to breed. You can read about them all by clicking here, and follow them on our interactive map here!

 

Many thanks to Pete Murray for this blog post!

 

WOW! It’s World Osprey Week

As many know, it has been a really exciting week, with the first of the Rutland Ospreys returning to the Lyndon Nature Reserve on Wednesday.

World Osprey Week (WOW) celebrates the return of the ospreys and on Saturday morning eighteen children from seven local primary and secondary schools took part in our first schools event of the 2017season.  Held at the Volunteer Training Centre, it was organised by the project Education Team of Ken Davies, Jackie Murray and Pete Murray. The  pupils who took part are all “Osprey Ambassadors” and as well as an interest in ospreys, they help the Education Team  to keep their school up to date with the latest news of the Rutland Water ospreys.

The children all received their official Osprey Ambassador badge, an information pack and their membership card for the monthly Ambassadors Osprey Club held at the Lyndon Nature Reserve.

Osprey Ambassadors with their osprey badges

Osprey Ambassadors with their osprey badges

Osprey ambassadors

Osprey ambassadors

Each school was given a memory stick containing a short presentation including the latest osprey news for them to pass on to the pupils and staff in their own schools.

After a drinks break and some delicious home-made cakes made by Liz Elsden, the group spent an hour birdwatching on Lagoon 4 , and of course keeping a careful look-out for any passing ospreys!

Could that be an osprey?

Could that be an osprey?

Bird Watching at the VTC

Bird Watching at the VTC

Bird watching at the VTC

Bird watching at the VTC

Thanks to Liz, Libby and to all schools who took part and to the parents and school staff who accompanied children from the local schools…

  • Edith Weston Primary School
  • Leighfield Primary School
  • Brooke Priory School
  • Catmose College
  • Oakham C.E Primary School
  • English Martyrs Primary School
  • Casterton Primary School

 

Calling all Schools

Please take a look at the following sections on the Rutland Osprey website as we have posted a lot of new information for schools. Click on the drop down menus in these sections…

 

World Osprey Week

Get your school involved in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school at http://www.ospreys.org.uk/world-osprey-week

 

Education

Information about Osprey Ambassadors, school visits by the Education team, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition for children and more at http://www.ospreys.org.uk/school-visits/

 

Words and photos by Pete Murray, thanks Pete!

 

July Education News

End of Term Report

June and July are always very busy months for everyone, and this year has been no exception! The Osprey chicks in all the nests have grown tremendously and all are now all flying! The number of visitors to the Lyndon Nature Reserve continues to rise, and our school visits schedule has been hectic to say the least. Our most recent visits have been to Cottesmore Millfield Academy, Catmose Community College and Spratton Hall School, where we met a total of over 200 young people and gave them the full ‘Osprey Experience.’ We were pleased to welcome two groups from our closest school at Edith Weston – these children are possibly the only ones in the whole of the UK who can WALK directly from their school down to the Reserve and watch the Ospreys at close quarters. They were all enthusiastic and very knowledgeable on the subject of Ospreys – real ‘Osprey Experts’.  Now it is the end of the school year and when schools go back in September our ospreys will be making their migration south to Africa! Here is our end of term report!

 

Osprey Festival – Science meets the Arts

What an amazing day!  Displays, Art, Writing and Science workshops, osprey games and activities .In the afternoon there was a presentation to the prize winners by Tim Appleton. We finished with a performance of the new Brooke Priory osprey song.

For more information and links to see the East Midlands Today News programme, a video of the festival and picture gallery of the prize winning entries click here!

FESTIVAL ART 1 

 

Winners and Ambassadors Osprey Cruise

Festival winners and Osprey Ambassadors, accompanied by parents and teachers, took part in an Osprey Cruise on the Rutland Belle last week. It was a beautiful sunny summer evening and everyone had several sightings of ospreys, as well as a unique view of the Lyndon nature reserve from the boat. Commentary was provided by Tim Mackrill and Tim Appleton for this special trip.

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Another winner!

Georgia Johnson (Age 6) of Cottesmore Millfield Academy, produced this superb report about the Rutland Ospreys .It  is posted on the “Your Journalist Academy” website so take a look!

http://youngjournalistacademy.com/2016/06/22/the-osprey-and-his-protectors/

 

Osprey Ambassadors

The new ‘Osprey Ambassador’ scheme means that we have good representation in most of our local schools now, and the students give regular updates to their classes and assemblies. Many of them have also visited us with their families here at the Reserve. New schools are still coming on board – Leighfield Academy in Uppingham have recently appointed their ambassadors – so it is not too late to join the scheme.

Thank you for all you do – you make our job a lot easier!

 

He’s back! It’s Ozzie’s Return (The Sequel)

It’s five years ago now since the appearance of the first Ozzie book – Ozzie’s Migration, by Ken Davies and illustrated by the Osprey Project’s artist, field officer and photographer John Wright. Since 2011 over 2,500 copies of the book have been sold, with all profits going back to help the Project, and the book is in use in schools and Osprey centres all over the UK, Europe and West Africa. Well, the good news is that the same team has got together again to produce the second Ozzie book, Ozzie’s Return, which tells the story in words and stunning colour pictures of Ozzie’s hazardous journey back from Gambia to Rutland Water, his place of birth. The book will be on sale at our Visitor Centres and in other local outlets, and will again cost just £5. Do take a look – we are sure you will like it!

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Ozzie Leads the Way

And that’s not all!! Later in the summer, hopefully in time for Birdfair in August (19th – 21st), another new Osprey book will hit the bookstalls! This time it’s a longer story by Ken for older children and adults, and features some characters very familiar to everyone who follows the Rutland Ospreys……that’s all for now, but watch this space for more details coming soon!

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Birdfair (August 19th – 21st)

As many know, ‘Birdfair’ in August is a huge event celebrating the natural world in all its forms (especially birds), and of course the Rutland Ospreys Education Team will be there on all three days. Do come and see us – you can find us on the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust stand in the central area. There will be a range of activities for you, new books to buy, and it would be great to meet friends old and new!

We’ll see you there.

EDUCATION TEAM AT BROOKE PRIORY OSPREY FESTIVAL