Interviews – wild inspiration

Thanks to Education Officer Pete Murray for the following blog and videos from the Osprey Stand at Birdfair! Many thanks to Mike Dilger and Nick Baker for joining Sam at the Osprey Tent, to Paul and Abi for being interviewed too, and to Sam for being such a star! 

The Bird Fair Interviews

This year the Rutland Osprey stand hosted a series of short interviews which we captured on video for your interest and entertainment.

Sam Newcombe is 11 years old and very enthusiastic school Osprey Ambassador at Casterton Primary School. He arranged interviews with TV personalities Nick Baker and Mike Dilger at Bird Fair.

Enjoy their answers to Sam’s questions, including Nick’s description of a duck catching and eating a swallow on an Osprey Cruise, and Mike’s amazing impersonation of one of his favourite south American birds, in their interviews at Bird Fair.

We have also included recorded two short interviews Sam made at Bird Fair, with two other people who have valuable roles in the project.  Paul Stammers is the Osprey Project Information Officer and Abi Mustard is a young volunteer on the project now studying Biology at University. Paul and Abi tell Sam about who inspired them with their interest in natural history.

Jackie Murray, Education Officer for the Osprey Project, talks to Maisie who has visited the Lyndon reserve and actively follows the progress of the osprey project from her home in Bath. Maisie explains about the “Ozzie migration messages”, written by children visiting the Lyndon Reserve and Bird Fair ,which will be  to be sent to children visiting  the Urdaibai Bird reserve in the Basque area of Northern Spain.

The Osprey Ambassador interviews

Many local schools in the Rutland Water area have chosen Osprey Ambassadors who are our link with their school. The Ambassadors have a monthly “Osprey Club” at the Waderscape hide, where they get the latest news about the ospreys, get a chance to watch the ospreys in and around the nest site as well as other wildlife on the reserve. They take the latest osprey news and regular short presentations to share with other pupils at their school.

Jackie interviews four ambassadors in the hide and the Ambassadors explain about what they have done in their schools.

Finally, here are some amazing photographs taken by Sam over the Birdfair weekend, thanks for these Sam!

Common Blue by Sam Newcombe

Common Blue by Sam Newcombe

Egret by Sam Newcombe

Egret by Sam Newcombe

Green sandpiper by Sam Newcombe

Green sandpiper by Sam Newcombe

Little Grebe and chick by Sam Newcombe

Little Grebe and chick by Sam Newcombe

Red underwing by Sam Newcombe

Red underwing by Sam Newcombe

Small Copper by Sam Newcombe

Small Copper by Sam Newcombe

Juvenile tern by Sam Newcombe

Juvenile tern by Sam Newcombe

Water rail by Sam Newcombe

Water rail by Sam Newcombe