Osprey Learning Zone!

Date: 18th Apr 2020 @ 7:15pm

Hi everyone!  Hope you are keeping safe, well and happy.

We emailed you at the beginning of the Easter “break” about some osprey webcams to follow for some home learning with a difference.  As I said then, Year 1 Blue children started watching them before we closed and my past classes have enjoyed them too – this means that lots of big brothers and sisters at the Juniors will already be familiar with them!

See below for fun activities covering lots of the curriculum!

The osprey season is now well under way in the UK with most birds returned from their wintering grounds in West Africa.  There are about 300 pairs breeding now and there are quite a few webcams on key nests to choose from.  For easy links to all of them use the link http://ukospreys.uk/cams-uk.htm.

The nest my class usually watch (https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/watch-wildlife-online/loch-of-the-lowes-webcam-2/) looks very empty at the moment.  The ospreys are around but only visiting the nest occasionally, and there is speculation that they may be nesting somewhere else close by.

I suggest you look at Glaslyn in Wales (https://www.glaslynwildlife.co.uk/live/) where Mrs G is carefully looking after her first two eggs and Aran is still decorating the nest with sticks.

At Rutland (https://www.lrwt.org.uk/wildlife/rutland-ospreys) Maya is now sitting on four eggs.  Hers will be the first to hatch in our country and it will be fantastic watching the parents look after the four fast-growing chicks in May. 

The nests at Glaslyn, Dyfi and Foulshaw all have eggs, and the one at Loch Arkaig should do soon.

On the website are some osprey activities that cover reading, maths, geography and of course science.  Have a go at building a life-size osprey nest like we did in school before Easter.  They are huge!  There is also a list of websites and links to good video clips.  Please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMw-PspfdkQ to see how an osprey catches a fish! 

Osprey chicks will learn how to fly from the middle of July onwards.  This is truly exciting to watch! 

If you have any questions, just email!  Have fun!

Love from Mrs Nolan