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Greater horseshoe bat at Berry Head

Greater horseshoe bat at Berry Head

Greater horseshoe bat at Berry Head. A leaving card for an amazing colleague off to do valuable research on these enigmatic creatures. My first ever bat painting! And first Instagram post of my artwork! Hope this works… Mx 😉 #greaterhorseshoebats #berryhead #berryheadnationalnaturereserve #southhamsspecialareaofconservation

Sticker number 10, common lizard!

Sticker number 10, common lizard!

This is one of a series of stickers of reptiles and amphibians of the British Isles created with ARG UK  and NMNI.  The beautiful common lizard is Northern Ireland’s only native terrestrial reptile.  It ‘gives birth’ to live young wrapped in a thin translucent membrane, which is unusual as most lizards lay eggs. If you…

Smooth newt stickers spotted in Northern Ireland!

Smooth newt stickers spotted in Northern Ireland!

Ninth sticker in the set, smooth newt!  This was specially painted and made for NMNI and ‘What’s in your pond‘ .  As spotted on Northern Ireland’s Centre for Environmental Data and Recording – CEDaR @CEDaRnmni, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1564702000251224&id=625503500837750. All the stickers and other educational resources can be found here. Mx 😁

What’s in your pond has gone live!

What’s in your pond has gone live!

If you live in Northern Ireland, you might fancy taking part in this pond survey project “What’s in your pond?”  (See previous post!)  It kicked off today!  If you are located anywhere else and fancied doing a pond survey anyway, find out if there is a local reptile and amphibian group that is organising anything. …

‘What’s in your pond?’ New logo!

‘What’s in your pond?’ New logo!

Do you like peering into ponds, rummaging in the undergrowth or going on a twilight safari? Well look no further, the “What’s in your pond” campaign is for you! The aim is to encourage EVERYONE, including families and schools, to have a look in their ponds for frogs and newts, and any other amphibians or…

New sticker designs for ARG UK!

New sticker designs for ARG UK!

New sticker designs!  Introducing Frieda Frog, Thom Toad and Niamh Natterjack!  These stickers will be available from ARG UK for volunteer amphibian and reptile groups to take to public events, alongside the existing set.  To find out more go to the Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK educational resources webpages.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節快樂!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節快樂!

Discovered this gem by Andrew Haslen https://andrewhaslen.com/. Mr Haslen is well known for his beautiful linocuts and watercolours of hares and the moon which would be perfect for the moon festival. However, I personally love this image of a singing yellowhammer as I enjoyed studying these chirpy chaps for my master’s thesis.  Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節快樂! …

Sneak preview of new ARG educational materials

Sneak preview of new ARG educational materials

After taking a lot longer than I’d hoped, and more late nights than I care to mention, I am pleased to have finally finished a set of artwork for educational materials for reptile and amphibian charity, ARG UK. There will be new factsheets, black and white colouring sheets and stickers. Watch this space, or go…

Digital sketching fun!

Digital sketching fun!

  If you like sketching, you must try this! Had a hilarious evening with family on a competitive sketching computer game, Drawful!  I’d describe this game as childish fun for grown-ups, teens or older children.  I am not the most techo-minded and don’t really do computer games, but this was brilliant fun! I think it’s…

Bird sketching day with Mike Langman at Occombe Farm

Bird sketching day with Mike Langman at Occombe Farm

We spent a beautiful Sunday honing our drawing skills to capture the essence of birds on a bird sketching day with artist Mike Langman at Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust’s Occombe Farm. My mission was to learn how to sketch like a pro and speed up the drawing. I’m a fan of both Mike’s artwork…