Sing for Songbirds
Over the past year St. Thomas’ has been working alongside Chester Zoo in a project called ‘Sing for Songbirds’. The aim of the project was to raise awareness about the threat of extinction to the beautiful songbirds of South-East Asia. These rare birds are being captured by the locals and kept in cages with up to 30 or 40 birds; they are then sold on illegal markets and used for singing competitions or kept in cages as a symbol of status. The forests of Indonesia are rapidly falling silent; Chester Zoo refuses to stand back and let these birds disappear forever but they need our help.
In a series of workshops rangers from Chester Zoo came into school to teach our children from Reception to Year 6 about different songbirds from around the world. The children took part in a variety of activities, including learning a special song written to raise awareness and inspire young conservationists.
All of the children (from Reception to Year 6) were invited to visit Chester Zoo for the day; the cost of entry to the zoo and transport to and from was provided by Chester Zoo. This enabled all children to have the opportunity to see some of the wonderful songbirds they have been learning about as well as lots of other animals. Whilst at the zoo they also took part in some extra activities and workshops with the zoo rangers.
Asian Fairy Bluebird (Chester Zoo)
Rufous-Fronted Laughing Thrush (BBC)
So as a thank you for all of their hard work and to show our support for the work they have done with us we held a special non-uniform day in aid of ‘Sing for Songbirds’. All of the donations raised were sent directly to Act for Wildlife and the conservation work to save the songbirds. The children also performed the song they learnt in a Celebration Assembly for Parents and Carers who came along to show their support.
To find out more about the ‘Sing for Songbirds’ project and other conservation projects led by Chester Zoo please visit the Act for Wildlife Website.