Children’s osprey activity book launches at Birdfair

Be an Osprey Expert, a new activity book specifically written for children, will be launched at this year’s Birdfair by the Rutland Osprey Project.

The book contains information, activities, and puzzles for children between six and 12 years of age; everything they need to become an osprey expert. Children can use the book when visiting the ospreys at Rutland Water Nature Reserve or can complete the activities by using the Rutland Osprey Project website www.ospreys.org.uk When the book is completed readers will be awarded an Osprey Expert Certificate.

Written by Jackie and Pete Murray of the Rutland Osprey Project team, the book features photographs and artwork by the Project’s Field Officer John Wright and photographs by Pete Murray. The children featured as osprey experts are from Edith Weston Primary School in Rutland.

Jackie said, “We wanted something that will help youngsters to engage with the ospreys. Children often visit the reserve with their parents, grandparents or teachers and this book will enrich their experience”.

Pete added, “Children know that the ospreys are special – and to see them is very exciting –but they can use this book to understand more in a fun and exciting way and then take it home and continue to use it there”.

Be an Osprey Expert will be officially launched during a special event at this year’s Birdfair at Rutland Water Nature Reserve on Sunday 23rd August at 3.30pm.

Children from Brooke Priory School, Rutland will be there to sing a special song about the Rutland ospreys. 

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the work of the Rutland Osprey Project and it is now on sale at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve Visitor Centres at Egleton and Lyndon, priced at £5. 

Production of the book was sponsored by The Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust and optics manufacturer Swarovski Optic.

The Rutland Osprey Project is a partnership between the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife and Anglian Water.


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