The "Flyways" project has now been officially released by the Rutland Osprey Project the schools involved can be found at http://www.ospreys.org.uk/osprey-flyways-project/osprey-flyways-project-schools and if your school has not signed up yet please click here to get involved. Within the Flyways project the details of yourself as a teacher and school is posted onto the website so other schools can find you and get in touch with the intention to link different educational establishments across the world who are incorporating Ospreys into their studies. This has provided my school an exciting and new way to learn about bird migration, conservation and also to discover more about other countries and cultures.
International School Project will track Ospreys
by Jonathan Owen, The Independant, 31st March 2013.
"Thousands of children from across Europe and Africa are to be brought
together in a pioneering project to create a new generation of
The osprey is being used to capture the attention of pupils. Satellite data
showing the progress of the bird along its annual migration routes is being used
in an interactive map which allows schools to follow the flights of birds tagged
with GPS trackers.
Launched at ospreys.org.uk, it is the expansion of a pilot project in which several schools in Gambia –
where the osprey spends the winter – have partnered with schools in England,
where some breed each summer.
The pilot project began in 2011, but this year will involve schools from
countries along the migration route, said Tim Mackrill, from Leicestershire and
Rutland Wildlife Trust, which manages the "flyways" project. "This is the first
project to enable schools to link up through the migration of this particular
bird," he said. Schools in Spain, Morocco, Finland, Ukraine, Italy and Estonia
have already signed up.
Campaigners are fighting government proposals which would scrap references to
children being required to be taught "to care for the environment". They fear
the move will undermine pupils' understanding and appreciation of nature,
according to the Wildlife Trusts. It is appealing for people to oppose the
curriculum changes online at: education.gov.uk/consultations.
"It is very worrying if the Government is planning to reduce the importance
placed on learning about the natural environment," Mr Mackrill said.