First osprey festival is a success

Children take part in the Rutland Osprey Festival to mark 20 years since the Rutland Osprey Project started EMN-161107-141555001
Children take part in the Rutland Osprey Festival to mark 20 years since the Rutland Osprey Project started EMN-161107-141555001

Children have marked 20 years of the Rutland Osprey Project by taking part in the first ever osprey festival.

More than 100 school children took part in the festival, including osprey ambassadors from schools including Brooke Priory 
and English Martyrs in Oakham, Uppingham Primary, Bythams Primary, Casterton Primary and Bringhurst Primary.

As part of the Rutland Osprey Project’s 20th anniversary, schools were given a variety of resources to study the birds and use them to inspire learning.

Schools were invited to submit their best piece of work in each of the festival categories and prize winning entries were also also exhibited by from pupils pupils from Grosetto School, Italy; Monterre and Urretxidorra Schools , Spain, and 
Tanjee School in Gambia 
(West Africa).

The pupils saw their work on science, art and literature displayed, took part in workshops on ‘The Sonic’s of Birdsong’, ‘Writing an Osprey Book’, and ‘Fun with Osprey Art’ as well as joining in with osprey inspired games at lunchtime.

The day ended with a formal presentation of certificates to prize winners by Rutland Water nature reserve manager Tim Appleton and a performance of the new Brook Priory Osprey song specially written by the staff and pupils of Brook Priory 
School.

Rutland Radio and BBC East Midlands Today both attended the event and spoke to pupils.