Rutland Water is home to the first Ospreys to breed in Central England for more than 150 years. We would like to offer you and your pupils the opportunity to learn more about these magnificent birds.
The Rutland Osprey Project began in 1996 with the aim of reintroducing this spectacular birds of prey to Rutland and to provide a base from which Ospreys could spread across England.
Education has always been an important aspect of the team’s work. The Rutland Ospreys form an excellent starting point for school children to engage with all areas of the school curriculum, and we have managed to link the osprey story to a wide range of lessons as well as fun activities and practical activities.
There are three main ways in which we work with schools:
We can visit schools in the Rutland area to give whole school assemblies or class presentations. This forms an excellent introduction and can be an ideal way into use ospreys as a theme to explore other areas of the school curriculum.
We also offer a choice of practical educational workshops to classes, and have activities suitable for primary and secondary school groups.
Schools can arrange a visit to the Lyndon Nature Reserve to see the Rutland Ospreys, between March and September. The visit includes an introductory talk, and the use of binoculars and telescopes at the Waderscape hide to see the ospreys. Younger pupils use “Osprey Expert” activity books as part of their visit. For secondary school groups or older students we can offer more specific educational content by arrangement.
Register your school and have free access to over 60 osprey related primary and secondary school educational resources. These include lesson plans and schemes work, games, a range of cross curricular activities, pupils worksheets with teachers notes (and answers!), plus educational games and an annual competition.