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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

''... to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed''
P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Monday, 11 July 2011

Ten minute reading: Ospreys in England

Read this article about ospreys in England and answer these questions:
1 What is a newly hatched bird called?
2 How big is Kielder Park?
3 Which four organisations have been working on the Osprey project?
4 What does fledge mean?
5 How far do Ospreys migrate

Answers below!

1. A chick
2. 62,000 heactares
3. The Forestry Commission, Northumberian Water, the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, the RSPB.
4. The stage in a young bird's life when the feathers and wing muscles are sufficiently developed for flight. It also describes the act of a chick's parents raising it to a fully grown state.
5. 9,000 miles

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