We start tonight’s World Osprey Week blog with news from Wales. Earlier today three-year-old female, 3J – who fledged from the Manton Bay nest in 2013 and first returned to Rutland last summer – visited the Glaslyn nest in North Wales. We know that young Ospreys often wander widely in search of a nest and mate, so it will be interesting to see whether 3J settles in Wales, or returns to Rutland. For now it is just great to know she has made it back to the UK safely.
Having linked up three countries by Skype yesterday, today we made World Osprey Week truly international with a Skype that linked three continents. Over the past few weeks the project’s education team have been working closely with staff and pupils from Great Casterton Primary School and today children from the school gave a superb presentation to pupils from Istituto Comprensivo Grosseto 1 in Italy, Montorre and Urretxindorra schools in the Basque Country in northern Spain and Tanji Lower Basic School in The Gambia. They then had the opportunity to talk to Osprey expert Iain MacLeod from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in New Hampshire, USA. Special mention must go to the schools Osprey Ambassadors, Louie and Sam who read brilliantly on camera and also to the pupils in Italy who sang the Osprey song written by Hurst Lodge school last year.
As the photo shows, the children at Great Casterton showed off some their fabulous Osprey artwork, and have said that they will enter it into the art category in our Osprey festival in July. You can read more about that here. Earlier in the day the team also received a very warm welcome at English Martyr’s school in Oakham where they gave an assembly to the whole school.
Art was a theme that ran through most of today’s WOW presentations, and that isn’t surprising – through their incredible migrations and fishing prowess Ospreys have inspired artists for many generations. We’re very fortunate to have a very talented artist, John Wright, on the project team and he has recently completed the artwork for a new book that we will soon be publishing thanks to a kind grant from the Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust. Ozzie’s Return written by Ken Davies is the follow-up to Ozzie’s Migration and, as the name implies, tells the story of the young Osprey’s flight home to Rutland Water. Here’s a sneak preview of just some of John’s fantastic work, which will also be available as limited edition prints later in the summer.
We hope to launch Ozzie’s Return during the Osprey festival in July and it will be on sale at the Visitor Centres at Rutland Water and in other outlets in the Rutland area, as well as via the website. Watch out too, for a second book for older children that we’ll be publishing later in the year. Ozzie Leads the Way has also been written by Ken Davies, with illustrations by Fiona Gomez.