A new book is flying from the book shelves at Egleton and Lyndon this week! Be an Osprey Expert, a new activity book specifically written for children, contains information, activities, and puzzles for children between 6 and 12 years of age; everything they need to become an Osprey expert. Children can use the book when visiting the Ospreys at Rutland Water Nature Reserve or can complete the activities by using this website. When the book is completed readers are awarded an Osprey Expert Certificate.
Written by two of the project’s education team, Jackie Murray and Pete Murray, the book features photographs and artwork by the project’s Field Officer John Wright and photographs by Pete Murray. The children featured as Osprey experts are from Edith Weston primary school in Rutland.
The book is now on sale at the Egleton and Lyndon Visitor Centres, priced at £5. Production of the book was sponsored by The Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust and optics manufacturer Swarovski Optik. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the work of the Rutland Osprey Project.
The book will be officially launched during a special event at this year’s Birdfair at 3:30pm on Sunday 23rd August in the Author’s Forum. Children from Brooke Priory School will be on hand to sing a special song about the Rutland Ospreys.
Be an Osprey Expert joins two other titles written by the Osprey Project team. Ozzie’s Migration by Ken Davies is a story book for Primary school children and follows the migration of an Osprey from Rutland to Africa. The Rutland Water Ospreys by Tim Mackrill is the definitive story of the Rutland Osprey Project documenting the translocation of Ospreys to Rutland and the dedicated experts and volunteers who have made this project such a success.