News Stories from February 2015

Natural History Illustration: Illustrating a Nature Reserve map

Story posted: 26. February 2015 by Lizzie Harper

I am often lucky enough to work with the Wildlife Trusts UK , creating scientific illustrations and botanical illustrations for their interpretation boards and leaflets.  A while back, Staffordshire Wildlife trust and (separately) Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust started comissioning maps from me.

These are quite tricky to do as they have to be correct and clear; and all the information I include has to be checked by the Trusts' staff whilst still at the pencil stage.  This is a challenge for all of us: I have to make the map clear, they have to go over it with a…

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Botanical Illustration: Churchyard plants and natural history: Higher plants

Story posted: 13. February 2015 by Lizzie Harper

I've recently been working on natural history illustrations for The Field Studies Councils publications department, in this case for a fold out chart of plants commonly found in British graveyards.  Last week I took a look at some of the  lower plants we can expect to find in our local churchyard ; this week it's the turn of the higher plants.

There are tons of these, and lots are incredibly b eautiful and gaudy.  Amongst these is the Meadow Cranesbill, one of my favourite British flowers, because of its violent purple colour.



Meadow Cranesbill Geranium pratense…

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Botanical Illustration: Churchyard plants and natural history: Lower plants

Story posted: 6. February 2015 by Lizzie Harper

N atural history subjects to draw and paint are all around, botanical specimens and animals co-exist with us, and relish the comparative tranquility of the British churchyard.  The Field Studies Council are aware of this, and have recently commissioned botanical illustrations from me for a forthcoming fold out chart.

Lower plants relish the stone and damp of a churchyard.  You can find many ferns across the UK in churchyards and cemeteries, including the Hart's tongue.



Hart's Tongue fern  Asplenium scolopendrium

In amongst the nooks and crannies of a…

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