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Colour in the Margins

Protecting the Stone-Curlew in Wessex

  As an integrated project, Colour in the Margins aims to deliver conservation benefits across a range of species reliant on arable farmland. Whilst the work that the project is carrying out is specifically designed to address the needs of 13 key species (10 plants and three ground beetles), it was set up to ensure...

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My Relationship With the Arable Landscape

  I’m not going to lie, before I applied for the job as Outreach Officer for Colour in the Margins, I’d never really considered arable fields as a habitat for plants and the species that depend on them. I’ve always been interested in conservation and looking after the environment we are fortunate to have in...

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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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