World Osprey Week- a success!

As you’ll know if you’ve been following the website recently, last week we organised the first-ever World Osprey Week. This was an exciting opportunity for schools to follow the amazing migratory journeys of several different satellite-tagged Ospreys as they flew north to nests in Europe and North America.

Participating schools got free access to a range of teaching resources for both primary and secondary schools,  and also had the opportunity to set-up their own school page on the WOW website. This enabled them to get in touch with each other – and to learn about other countries on the migratory flyways in a new and exciting way. It is great to report that over 100 schools from nine different countries and three continents registered for the site and that 48 have set-up their own page. Each school that has set-up their own page is shown on the interactive WOW map which also displays the current location of each of the WOW Ospreys.

One of the schools that followed the migration of the WOW Ospreys was Tenterden Junior School in Kent. Year 5 class teacher Ben Vincer has been in touch to say how much his class enjoyed being involved in WOW.

“Can I start by saying a big thank you to you for arranging the World Osprey Week last week. As a teacher, it was great to explore a different area which created so many different links across the curriculum.

In our class we produced Osprey factbooks across the week which included descriptions of ospreys in general and factfiles on each of the WOW ospreys. We were also able to practice our mapwork skills and learnt how to sketch an osprey! All whilst watching the ospreys live on the webcam which really grabbed the children’s imagination.”

Ben’s has sent some examples of the children’s work; we think it is all great! Here is a selection:

The culmination of WOW at Rutland Water was a four-way Skype call between pupils at Brooke Priory School from Oakham, Montorre and Urretxindorra Schools from the Basque Country, Istituto Comprensivo Grosseto 1 from Tuscany in Italy and Iain MacLeod from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in New Hampshire in the United States. Children from the three schools each gave a short presentation and then Iain gave a talk about Ospreys in New Hampshire, with the aid of his very-own real-life Osprey! It was wonderful to see the students linking up; and demonstrates how the incredible migrations of the Ospreys can link people all over the world.

Pupils (and parents) from Brooke Priory School taking part in the four-way WOW Skype call on Saturday

Pupils (and parents) from Brooke Priory School taking part in the four-way WOW Skype call on Saturday

The Skype call finished with a performance of Arrano Arrantzaleare Kanta (The Osprey Song) by the very talented pupils of Montorre and Urretxindorra Schools. Here’s a video which they made last year.

For non-Basque speakers, here are the lyrics:

Arrano Arrantzalea (Osprey)

From England to the Basque Country
From The Basque Country to Senegal
From the top everything seems better
Have a good journey, my friend

There is in Urdaibai´s water fishing,
to its destination, doing the way
from the clouds to under the water
This is the osprey

Three eggs dancing in the nest
Mum and Dad are nervous
Waiting for the chicks to be born
Willing to give them love

There is in Urdaibai´s water fishing,
to its destination, doing the way
from the clouds to under the water
this is the osprey

Although WOW has now finished, we will continue to follow the progress of our WOW Ospreys as they head north to their nests. The teaching resources, interactive map and individual school pages will all remain online as part of the Osprey Flyways Project, so if your school would like to sign-up, click here.

Very many thanks to Swarovski Optik for their support of World Osprey Week and to Jackie and Pete Murray and Alex Kilford for producing the superb teaching resources.

One response to “World Osprey Week- a success!”

  1. Shirley A. Davies

    Absolutely Brilliant!!!