Education News Autumn


The Rutland ospreys have taken their long flight south to overwinter in The Gambia and Senegal. It has been an exciting year for the Osprey Education Team. We have done assemblies, talks, run class activities, and hosted school visits to Lyndon to see the ospreys.  Including our 2016 Osprey Festival event at Brooke Priory School and the Rutland Water Osprey Cruise we have worked with over 3100 children this year! Our special thanks to the Osprey Ambassadors and Osprey Project volunteers who have helped us in our 2016 season. So what about the year ahead?

World Osprey Week (WOW)  2017  –  March 27th- 31st

Teachers can register on the website with access to our free online primary and secondary school resources which include fun activities, cross curricular projects, and lesson plans, all with ready to use pupil resources. Over 300 schools are registered and are using these teaching materials! You can also contact other schools involved.

Take a look at the WOW pages on website for more details.

Movie competition 2017 – “Ospreys and Us”

This year as part of WOW individuals or groups of children are invited to make a two minute movie inspired by ospreys. We will have separate primary and secondary school competitions.
Movies will need to be sent in by Friday 26th May 2017, and the winners will be invited to a movie premiere, the “Ozcar” Awards on Wednesday 5th July at Rutland water!

For more information about making and submitting your movie click here!

Osprey Ambassadors 

Several schools have now chosen ”Osprey Ambassadors” to keep their schools up to date with the latest Osprey news. If your school wishes to choose two or three Osprey Ambassadors who could be our link with your school, take a look at the information on the Rutland Ospreys website byclicking here!

Ambassadors should look at the Rutland Ospreys website regularly as we will have blogs throughout the winter giving the latest osprey news. Contact Ken regarding your Ambassadors by e-mail at

Ozzie’s Diary

Ozzie will be sending Ken a monthly “Ozzie’s Diary” to let us know what he is doing in Africa. The first one will be posted in October on the Rutland Ospreys website and it will be of particular interest to teachers, pupils, and our Osprey Ambassadors to use as a class or assembly item. Keep an eye on the Blog and WOW pages!

Ambassadors meeting 2017

There will be an Ambassadors Meeting at Rutland Water on Saturday 25th March 2017 from 10am to 12.30pm at the Volunteers Training Centre. Details to follow. Meanwhile, please appoint you Ambassadors and let us know their names!

Hot off the press

The second Ozzie book written by Ken Davies and illustrated by John Wright was published ready for the Osprey Festival in July.  Ozzie’s Return tells the story in words and colour pictures of Ozzie’s hazardous journey back from Gambia to Rutland Water, his place of birth. A must read for primary school children!

This has been followed by Ozzie leads the Way, published in August, just in time for “Bird Fair”.  With 180 pages, and aimed at older children, Ken Davies tells the story of Ozzie and his friends in Rutland and in The Gambia. Colour illustrations are by Fiona Gomez.

Book signing 

Ken Davies will be at Walkers Bookshop, High Street, Oakham, Rutland from 10.30 am – 12.00 on Saturday 22rd October to sign copies of his new books. We hope to see you there!

Ozzie's Migration Ozzie's Return

Ozzie leads the way - £8