Osprey Project – Rutland Water
Y8 see beautiful Ospreys and wildlife at Rutland Water...
Thursday 9 June 2016
As part of our summer term’s topic on bird development, the girls of Year 8 went on a trip to the Lydon Nature Reserve at Rutland Water. In the morning we sailed on the boat ‘The Rutland Belle’ on which we saw many birds that lived at the reservoir, including Cormorants, Black-backed Gulls, Swans, Kites, Canada Geese, Black-headed Gulls and Mallards.
Later at the Lydon Nature Reserve we learnt more about the lifestyle of an Osprey and what the team at Rutland are doing to bring these fascinating birds back from extinction in the UK. Rutland Water is home to the first Ospreys to breed in England for 150 years, after a translocation programme. It is the only place in the country where you are guaranteed to see an Osprey. In addition, we saw a live stream of the Manton Bay Osprey Nest, which was habited by Maya, 33 and their three beautiful chicks. All the Ospreys at Rutland Water were identified with a blue ring on their right leg with two letters or numbers. Hence, we made our own rings using pipe cleaners and beads!
After a picnic under the glorious summer sun, we ventured out to ‘The Hide’, from where we could see the Osprey nests by the bank of the reservoir. Through some binoculars and telescopes, we managed to see the Osprey family in great detail. On the walk back to the Nature Reserve, we were fortunate to spot a rare flower, the Common Spotted Orchid.
It was a great trip, and we would like to thank Jackie and Ken from the Lydon nature Reserve at Rutland Water and Mrs Rai and Miss Tyler for organising such a wonderful day.
See photos in gallery here.
Words by Oishee Ghosh Y8