Given the microscopic scale of many of these Breckland species, and the difficulty in finding high-resolution images of them, it has me thinking about the thorny issue of the different ways in which we accurately record the natural world.

Photography offers a so-called 'realistic' view of particular examples whilst traditional botanical illustrations present the most distinctive, pertinent points and identifying characteristics. I’ve decided to use both approaches in my workshops for maximum coverage with both a slideshow projection as well as a series of large hand-drawn illustrations I've made to help the participants get a good handle on each species. It’ll be interesting to see how the students respond to these separate approaches.

Also, last Wednesday local Natural England officer Kate Whitehead was kind enough to come along to Bishop's C of E Primary School in Thetford and give what I thought was a detailed introductory talk on Breckland species to over a hundred gathered students with some very excited responses when asked to answer 'true or false' to some tricky wildlife questions!
Not only was this a lot of fun but it was also a great primer for my sessions and will definitely help get over the many gaps in my own knowledge...

I’m now very close to the two-day workshop event in Thetford now and it’s all coming together (fingers crossed!).
After months of planning I feel reasonably prepared for whatever happens, but still slightly nervous about how things will go.

Hundreds of fabric scraps have been shredded, reams of cardboard torn, plastic bottles trimmed and wire coiled. Whilst I have one eye on the final display as an important resolution I’m also very keen to focus on the sheer energy and spontaneity which comes from working with children of this age and I'm confident that the outcome will be both joyous and unexpected!


Chris Jackson

BftB Artist for the East 



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