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Crafty Pine Martens!

We recently ran a creative workshop as part of our Pine Marten Project to make feeder boxes for Pine Martens at National Trust’s Cragside in Northumberland. What exactly are feeder boxes? They are wooden boxes which can be filled with food, such as peanuts, and installed on a tree. A camera trap can be trained...

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Wax-zine Lyrical in Victory Wood about the Shrill Carder Bee!

Wax-zine lyrical about the Shrill Carder Bee I was fortunate to be able to spend one bright Saturday in September on a hilltop in Kent, overlooking Whitstable and the mouth of the Thames Estuary. The sky was a beautiful rich blue and the sun beat down over a swathe of golden grasses, parched by a...

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Ryedale Farm Museum – Art Event!

COLOUR IN THE MARGINS - Ryedale Farm Museum Porcelain Flowers with Sian Hughes This was a rolling activity open to families and adults.  On arrival, families were encouraged to research and explore the wild flowers and plants on site accompanied by Lizzie Cooke from Plantlife, and the Creative Activity Journal we had devised and printed. Back...

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Arty Gems in the Dunes!

Outdoor Art in the Dunes Sarah Jane Richards on Painting in the Dunes........ It was a blustery windy day on Sunday as we met at the st Lukes Church. There was a good mixture of people, a few were regular visitors to the life boat road beach, living locally and walking it regularly, others came...

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We are fans of the forest!

  One of my favourite things to do is walk in the woods. Another is to write, and a third is to make zines. This project let me do all three, with some brilliant young people and families! We created a zine called Fans of the Forest, celebrating Fineshade Woods and the plants and animals...

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Dream of a Field Cricket

For an insect that spends almost all of its time underground, the Field Cricket has an elusive charisma, on account of its evocative 'song'. A unique event will celebrate this miniature sound-maker... Field Cricket (Gryllus campestris), female nymph. Sussex, UK. April. Photographed under license on white backround in the field.   In what is almost...

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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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