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.
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.
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!
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!
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!