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Colour in the Margins

Partnership working

Conservation is all about partnership.Without the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas, very little can be achieved in farmland conservation – particularly here in the Wessex region. It can be easy for conservation organisations to become insular and locked into their specific taxa group, be it birds or plants or invertebrates, but the reality of...

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Colouring in the Margins, with words…

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with the Colour in the Margins project to create poems and stories about the plants and animals from arable landscapes which they are working to bring back from the brink of extinction. As the Back From The Brink artist for the North, I could choose any project...

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Looking back at our model-making workshop…

Chris' sculptural workshops took place last week at a local school in Thetford which sits within the Brecklands area - home to our Shifting Sands project... So that was fun, hectic and very productive!   The sessions at the school went really well and the young students were brilliant, very patient and persevered with tricky...

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Preparations of a Sculptor

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...

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Community Arts Diary

I'm standing in a park with my hand on a tree that looks like the plant version of 93 year old - all lines, bumps and rolls - there's so much detail to be found when looking closely. I feel wiser just by looking at it?! It's 10 o'clock in the morning on a blustery...

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The diary of an artist

On the 9th of December, Amanda - our Back from the Brink Community Artist for the South-East led a beautiful event for our Colour in the Margins project, set in Kent. Our Community Art project is all about informing people of the rare and threatened wildlife, right on their doorstep - through creative processes. With...

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In search of the Harvest Mouse…

Walking in the footsteps of Gilbert White, the Ranscombe Farm Wildlife Study Group set forth to observe living animals and plants in their natural habitat. Unlike the famous, eighteenth century naturalist - the first to formally describe the Harvest Mouse - we knew that we had little chance of seeing one. In winter their ‘grand...

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The search for Red Hemp-nettle!

This September, the Colour in the Margins Team were joined by staff from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and a group of eager volunteers at the Cholderton Estate in Wiltshire. Our objective for the day was to collect seed from a population of Red Hemp-nettle (Galeopsis angustifolia) on the estate, which would subsequently be used towards...

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Seeds through an eye glass: A Volunteer Perspective

As part of our Colour in the Margins project, Kew Millennium Seed Bank are working in collaboration with our staff in order that we can work with the seeds of our most rare and threatened plants, with the hope that we may have a beneficial effect on the future of these species. Dr Kristian White...

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Securing our seeds: in the bag!

Every seed is different, containing a unique package of genetic information to help it grow and adapt to its environment. Collecting for biodiversity conservation aims to capture as much of this information as possible – when it comes to diversity, more is definitely merrier! There are a few main points to bear in mind when...

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