WOW! It’s World Osprey Week

As many know, it has been a really exciting week, with the first of the Rutland Ospreys returning to the Lyndon Nature Reserve on Wednesday.

World Osprey Week (WOW) celebrates the return of the ospreys and on Saturday morning eighteen children from seven local primary and secondary schools took part in our first schools event of the 2017season.  Held at the Volunteer Training Centre, it was organised by the project Education Team of Ken Davies, Jackie Murray and Pete Murray. The  pupils who took part are all “Osprey Ambassadors” and as well as an interest in ospreys, they help the Education Team  to keep their school up to date with the latest news of the Rutland Water ospreys.

The children all received their official Osprey Ambassador badge, an information pack and their membership card for the monthly Ambassadors Osprey Club held at the Lyndon Nature Reserve.

Osprey Ambassadors with their osprey badges

Osprey Ambassadors with their osprey badges

Osprey ambassadors

Osprey ambassadors

Each school was given a memory stick containing a short presentation including the latest osprey news for them to pass on to the pupils and staff in their own schools.

After a drinks break and some delicious home-made cakes made by Liz Elsden, the group spent an hour birdwatching on Lagoon 4 , and of course keeping a careful look-out for any passing ospreys!

Could that be an osprey?

Could that be an osprey?

Bird Watching at the VTC

Bird Watching at the VTC

Bird watching at the VTC

Bird watching at the VTC

Thanks to Liz, Libby and to all schools who took part and to the parents and school staff who accompanied children from the local schools…

  • Edith Weston Primary School
  • Leighfield Primary School
  • Brooke Priory School
  • Catmose College
  • Oakham C.E Primary School
  • English Martyrs Primary School
  • Casterton Primary School

 

Calling all Schools

Please take a look at the following sections on the Rutland Osprey website as we have posted a lot of new information for schools. Click on the drop down menus in these sections…

 

World Osprey Week

Get your school involved in WOW in the coming week and follow the migration of the Ospreys!

Free educational resources, including lesson plans & schemes of work, worksheets with teacher’s notes, games and fun activities for primary and secondary schools – just register your school at http://www.ospreys.org.uk/world-osprey-week

 

Education

Information about Osprey Ambassadors, school visits by the Education team, school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys, this years ”Ospreys and us” 2017 movie competition for children and more at http://www.ospreys.org.uk/school-visits/

 

Words and photos by Pete Murray, thanks Pete!