Susan Shimeld's blog

Saturday, 3 July, 2021
Since the beginning of May I have been busy with Brown long-eared and Pipistrelle bats.  Sadly in April/May when our bats were coming out of hibernation, the temperature each night was well below freezing.  Normally, emerging bats feed up on insects in preparation for their maternity roosts.  The continual freezing night-time temps. meant there were no insects - hence across the UK, our furry flying buddies have been found grounded, underweight, starving or injured (mainly cat attacked). So it's been a busy, and unfortunately, as some bats didn't make it, a ...
Saturday, 7 November, 2020
I have lived and worked at the Larmer Tree Gardens for 31 extremely happy years and feel privileged to have known, and been able to spend time with the late Michael Pitt Rivers: owner of the Larmer Tree Gardens and Rushmore Estate. During the 90's, both Michael and his partner, Mr. William Gronow Davis, very kindly commissioned me to produce a number of artworks.In 2005, I opened my Studio doors to folk visiting the gardens and it was lovely meeting so many different people from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world.Sadly though, Covid has taken its toll and this summer I...
Tuesday, 30 October, 2018
I did it.Just had an amazing evening meeting fellow artists.  The Dorset Art Prize organised by Bournemouth University attracted 100's of entrants from all aspects of the visual arts: sculptures, textiles, photography, digital, animation, ceramics, drawing, printmaking - with the presentation of awards at Poole Museum.  The final award of the evening, 1st Prize, £1,000 for the 19+ category winner.... and my name was called out..... I couldn't believe it.            
Wednesday, 17 October, 2018
It is looking good but, another late night tweaking text, uploading new artwork, transferring bits, so many photos .....do I keep or not keep? Hmmm.. dilemma. Thankfully am receiving help with it, but there is so much to learn when making a new website. Sure is a rigmarole but I'm almost there. 
Wednesday, 17 October, 2018
Great news.  I have been selected as a Finalist in an Arts Prize Award. 
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018
Making a stand against species extinctionSponsor an anti poaching dog plus other good wildlife causesIt's currently estimated that 55 elephants a day are killed for their ivory, that's one every 26 minutes. An average of three rhinos a day are killed for their horn. There are c. 23,000 lions left in the wild, down from 200,000 a century ago. There are c. 4,000 tigers left in the Indian sub-continent, down from 40,000 a half century ago.  Sketch for Survival is all about raising awareness of these shocking statistics, while also raising significant funds...
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018
It's almost that time of year again. Surveys and rescues.  Fingers crossed that our bats stay safe this year.  Please keep your cats indoors and if you see a bat in distress i.e outdoors during daylight hours, please contact a Bat Conservation Society. 
Monday, 24 July, 2017
Am delighted to say that I've been invited to participate in the Explorers Against Extinction 'Sketch for Survival' event.  For the past month I have been beavering away on my artwork 'Out of the Shadows' - my White Rhinocerus portrait.  When invited to participate in this excellent auction, I knew immediately which species I wished to portray.  Over previous years I have donated to the translocation of rhinos to safer areas in Africa, and I whole-heartedly support Rhino Conservation. Sadly one rhino is killed every 7 hours and an...
Saturday, 4 March, 2017
Rescuing Toads, Frogs and  providing them with a deeper, safer new home for their frog and toad spawn.We have a dilemma close to home. The gathering of 100's of horses in the Park for the annual Portman British Eventing - due to start at the beginning of April - is going to have a devastating effect on the frogs, toads and their offspring that have recently adopted a newly constructed, shallow water horse jump as their new home. With horses thundering through the small pond the little froglets and toads won't stand a chance, so.... this weekend we are a doing an...
Saturday, 12 April, 2014
Me attempting to construct a wildflower tree/bee feeder out of recycled materials at a local Bee Conservation event.