Thanks to generous support from the Oakham Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Scheme the Rutland Osprey Project Education Team were able to fund a Rutland schools ‘Ospreys For All’ programme earlier this year. The new initiative meant that Rutland Primary schools who do not have their own transport and cannot fund bus hire, would have the opportunity to take part in Rutland Osprey education and outreach activities.
Thanks to the funding from Tesco, eighteen classes from six schools took part between April and July. Schools received a visit from the Osprey Education Team, where they were given a whole school presentation about the ospreys and took part in a practical session. Classes were then able to have a half day visit to Manton Bay to see the ospreys, where they learnt how to use the telescopes and binoculars and took part in several activities including bird identification and finding out the life story of an osprey.
Our thanks also goes out to Mark Bland Travel for providing coach transport to and from the Lyndon area of Rutland Water Nature Reserve for the school visits and to Opticron who provided the Rutland Osprey Project with binoculars and telescopes, which were used in our school group visits.
For more information on the Rutland Osprey Project visit https://www.ospreys.org.uk/