WOW! It’s World Osprey Week (and a half…)

Our education officers Jackie, Pete and Ken have been rallying around local schools spreading the Osprey knowledge far and wide, engaging young budding conservationists and seeing their enthusiasm bouncing back! Here’s a summary of how all the WOW activity went!

“By the start of World Osprey Week(WOW!) the female Rutland osprey Maya had already returned to the Manton Bay nest, and just in time for our week of activities in schools.

We have had so many requests for school visits that this year we extended the WOW event into a second week, which also gave time for 33(11) to join Maya at Manton Bay and for another six ospreys to be sighted during the week as they were re-establishing their territories in the area.

This year in WOW the Education Team of Ken, Jackie, and Pete delivered whole school assemblies to eleven local schools explaining all about the Rutland Ospreys and giving the latest migration news.

Osprey Ambassadors helped the Education team in the school assemblies and class activities, and some new ambassadors were presented with their official school badges.

 In addition the “WOW roadshow “ we ran eight follow-up classroom sessions to year 4,5 and 6 primary school pupils using the “Osprey Expert” activities, in preparation for their school visits to the Lyndon Reserve to see the ospreys later in the school year. This has been made possible by Oakham Tesco in their “Bags of help” local charity scheme which has provided the funding for six of the Rutland schools to be given extra classroom sessions and bus transport as part of the Rutland Ospreys Education and Outreach programme in 2019.

A highlight of World Osprey Week was an international Skype between Empingham Primary School and Spanish school pupils at the Urdaibai Bird Reserve in Basque Spain. This reserve has just re-introduced ospreys, and during the link an osprey returned to the reserve and was captured on their live web-cam.

In World Osprey Week the Education Team gave assemblies and ran osprey activities with over 1000 young people in 2019. What a week (…and a half !)

 Fact file discussion in Exton Primary School

 Food webs in Luffenham St Mary and St John Primary School

 Osprey fact Files

 Our Osprey Education Team and The Osprey Ambassadors from Oakham English Martyrs Primary school