Osprey project marks 20 years

The 100th and 101st osprey chicks born at Rutland Water. Photo: John Wright EMN-150720-170047001

The 100th and 101st osprey chicks born at Rutland Water. Photo: John Wright EMN-150720-170047001

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Rutland Osprey Project is getting ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

This month, the ospreys will begin their long spring migration back to Rutland from West Africa, and local primary and secondary children should be getting ready for the 2016 World Osprey Week in April!

This is an exciting opportunity for children to follow the amazing migratory journey of ospreys, for teachers to incorporate ospreys into their lessons, and for schools to make contact with other schools in countries on the migration flyway.

The Rutland Osprey Project website has the latest information about the migration, and several ospreys have satellite trackers so that you can follow their journey. There is also the latest news about the Rutland ospreys on the homepage.

Schools have access to a huge range of free online resources, including lesson plans, and worksheets, with more than 50 activities covering all areas of the primary and secondary school curriculum.

The Rutland Osprey Project education team offers visits to local schools, give assemblies and lead class activities.

Between April and August the team also host school visits to see the ospreys at the Lyndon area of Rutland Water Nature Reserve. This year the team begin supporting schools in nominating and training their Osprey Ambassadors. If you want to know more about visits and Ambassadors take a look at the “Education” tab on the Rutland Ospreys website.

This year World Osprey Week takes place from April 11 to 15.

To find out more visit www.ospreys.org.uk