Distant meeting with seals

Distant Meetings with Seals

Distant meetings with Seals Grey Seal Pups I saw my first seal pup of the year a couple of weeks ago  (29th August). I spotted it from the cliffs near Strumble Head. Their autumn breeding season has begun! The following day there were two more, calling mournfully to their mums. We live near the sea and see […]

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Leatherback Turtle

Leatherback Turtle

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) The leatherback turtle is also known as the leathery turtle or Luth. It is one of the most threatened species to be found in British waters. Can you see leatherback turtles off the British coast? Although it cannot breed on our chilly beaches, the leatherback turtle migrates thousands of miles to […]

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scarlet malachite beetle

Lifeforms Art and the Conservation of the Scarlet Malachite Beetle

The Scarlet Malachite Beetle What Is The Scarlet Malachite Beetle? Flighty and small with red and metallic green colouring, the scarlet malachite beetle is one of Britain’s rarest and most threatened insects. It is about 1cm long and visits flowers and grass heads from late April to July. Opening its delicate red wing-cases, it unfurls […]

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crabs

Crabs – a childhood memory.

Crabs and crabbing I finally got round to drawing crabs lately. Hunting crabs is a big part of what made me and to see a crab even now, whatever species, brings a buzz of excitement deep inside that takes me back to my childhood. I don’t remember all the details but the feeling is a […]

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steller's sea cow

Steller’s Sea Cow – A story of Extinction

It’s too late for the Steller’s Sea Cow… I guess that’s its message. Whilst many people, most of them sailors, saw, hunted and tasted Steller’s sea cow, it bears the name Steller simply because Georg Wilhelm Steller was the only person to describe the animal and its ecology scientifically. Related to the much smaller tropical […]

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Fashion revolution week

Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion Revolution Week This week 23rd – 29th April 2018 is fashion revolution week. The 24th April marked the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed and injured thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh. The factories there made clothes for many high street stores. This terrible disaster started the fashion revolution, which […]

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Freshwater Habitats Trust

Freshwater Habitats Trust

Freshwater Habitats Trust This year is the 30th anniversary of Freshwater Habitats Trust and we are honoured to have been asked to produce a range of products to celebrate it. We’ve borrowed the ‘30’ from 30th and are giving 30% of profits from sales of our dragonfly range to Freshwater Habitats Trust. We chose a […]

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Autumnwatch stars

Stars of Autumnwatch!

Conservation in action This week, our babies will perform on Autumnwatch! In 1995 I was asked by English Nature, now Natural England, to create an ‘insurance population’ of Tadpole Shrimps (Triops cancriformis) as part of the Species Recovery Programme. The shrimps were only found in one UK pond. A single pollution incident could have had […]

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Conservation in action

Conservation in Action

Lifeforms Conservation We’d like to give you a brief introduction to the conservation projects that Lifeforms have been involved with in the past and those we’re working on at the moment. We’ve been directly involved in the conservation of threatened species for over 20 years. We’ve worked with species such as;  distinguished jumping spiders, fairy […]

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