Last winter a group of Osprey Project staff and volunteers travelled to Gambia and Senegal in search of European Ospreys. During the month long trip we visited Tanji school near Banjul to talk to the children about our work at Rutland Water, focusing on Ospreys and migration. The children were enthralled.
Following the success of the visit to West Africa we intend to develop a wildlife education programme for Gambian schools, with Ospreys as the flagship species. We will raise money to provide educational resources for schools and link schools in the Gambia with schools in Rutland.
As Project Officer Tim felt it was only right that he got the ball rolling and so he will be running the Berlin marathon in September to try and raise some money. We feel passionately that we have a unique opportunity to provide wildlife education in Gambian schools and that the work can have a real lasting legacy among communities in West Africa. Any money you feel able to donate would be greatly appreciated.
To sponsor please visit Tim’s special fundraising page.
We are also having a second hand book sale in the Lyndon Visitor Centre over the next two weeks. We have a huge range of natural history books that have been generously donated by Osprey Project volunteers. It is definately worth a look!
All funds raised will be managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and will be used specifically to purchase educational resources that can be used in the Gambian schools and to fund field trips.
We will be travelling out to Gambia in January, enabling us to visit more schools and to distribute resources funded by our first wave of fundraising. So, if you can, please give generously.