In collaboration with KS2 school council students & Mr. Ewen, St. Andrews primary school children have spent the past few weeks busily making food and crafts for a Japanese Craft Fair, raising 7579 Bahtfor the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper Conservation Breeding Programme.
This Conservation Programme is a collaboration between the WWT, Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo and the RSPB working with colleagues from the BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force. The project aims to help pull these incredible birds back from the brink of extinction. Spoon-Billed Sandpipers are migratory birds that breed in the Russian Far East and spend their winters in southern China, Bangladesh, Myanmar and here in Thailand. They are one of the most threatened species on the planet.
Some children made worm-y jellies to sell at the Fair, as Spoon-Billed Sandpipers feed on a variety of polychaete worms and shrimp and have unique spoon-shaped beaks. Eating worm jellies with spoons gave the children a little taste of life as Spoon-Billed Sandpipers!
Another group of children used recycled and natural materials to make Japanese Zen Gardens: spaces decorated with sand, rocks, and other natural materials in lines or patterns to create a meditative environment. This project gave the children the experience of caring for an environment, and made them think about the importance of looking after the birds' habitat.
Other children crafted and decorated beautiful paper birds, and some children made birds' nests and placed toy eggs inside, to which buyers could add their own colourful designs with pen.
On Wednesday morning the students helped Ms. Kiyomi set up their stalls outside the Library, before running the stalls themselves at break time. The worm-y jellies sold like hot cakes, and people were also eager to purchase nests and eggs, the beautiful craft birds and Zen Gardens. The Fair was busy throughout break time, with many generous parents, students and teachers supporting the children's excellent fundraising efforts. Well done to all involved on your hard work.
The money raised from the Fair will be sent to the organisation through our Accounting Department, and it will be used to buy equipment as follows:
- £15 (=THB 685.4/ JPY 1992.28) buys vet supplies to keep one chick safe from infection.
- £30 (=THB 1370.8/ JPY 3984.56) buys a heat lamp, helping four chicks stay warm.
- £50 (=THB 2284.67/ JPY 6640.93) helps run the All-Terrain Vehicle, covering the distances needed to find the wild eggs in Russia.
- £100 (= THB 4569.33/ JPY 13281.87) would help build a head starting aviary, protecting the Spoon-Billed Sandpipers until they are ready for release.
- A bigger gift of £250 (THB 11429.42/JPY 33204.67) would buy the chicks’ first home, a ‘Brooder’, creating the perfect conditions for their start in life.