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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Monday, 28 March 2011

Ospreys in the UK

Level: Upper intermediate / B2

Here is our regular reading from Wildlife Extra. This week we look at migrating ospreys returning to the UK.

Read the article and answers these questions:

1 When were the returning ospreys first seen?
2 How long do ospreys normally survive?
3 How many times has EJ returned to the same site?
4 When do osprey eggs start to hatch?
5 What do ospreys eat?

And a bonus question - what is the scientific (Latin) name for the osprey. It is not mentioned in the article, so you will have to look elsewhere!

Answers below!


1 7th March
2 Eight years on average
3 Nine
4 Late May / early June
5 Fish


  1. There is a mistake in the first paragraph of the article! It would seem they tend to include them :)

  2. Here's an update on this story: