Protecting bats and their habitat. Education. National Bat Monitoring and Rescue
The study of wildlife behaviour and caring for animals in order for them to be reintroduced back into the wild, has given me so much pleasure. My wish, is that in some small way I have been able to reciprocate. On many occasions whilst spending blissful hours walking through woods and across meadows; I have often found myself in the company of various forms of wildlife including: deer, hares, birds and voles: foraging and just going about their normal daily activities. Sometimes these precious encounters have been at such close quarters - I've hardly dared to breathe. Precious moments that I will always treasure.
In 1996 I became a member of the Dorset Bat Group. I have since participated in bat surveys and counts for the Bat Conservation Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Vincent Wildlife Trust. Having been interested in bat welfare for so many years, I became a Registered Bat Rescuer & Carer in 2003. As a Registered Bat Carer I rescue orphaned and injured bats in order to care for them until they are ready to be released back into the wild.
Each year I also participate in nest and colony surveys for the British Trust for Ornithology. My husband and I also rescue any birds or mammals that are in need of a helping hand. The most recent being 3 orphaned Peachicks, a juvenile Sparrowhawk and a Tawny Owl.
The photos above are:
2003 - My Greater Horseshoe Bat artwork accompanying an article in the British Wildlife Magazine.
2006 - A wolf resting her head on my shoulder whilst I gave her a tummy rub, during a wolf walk at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.
2016 - our rescued Tawny Owl.
2017 - our rescued Sparrowhawk
Over the years I have supported many conservation and animal welfare charities through voluntary work and donations.
Listed below are a few of the conservation groups supported through my artwork.
1996/02 English Nature
2002 The Dorset Wildlife Trust
2003 The Born Free Foundation
2003 - Orangutan Foundation International U.K
2004 - Dorset Bat Group
2004 - The Labrador Lifeline Trust
2004 Orangutan Foundation International U.S.A
2005 J.R.Whippet Rescue - Reg. Charity No: 326479
2005 ARAS & German Shepherd Inn
2005 Greyhounds in Need - Reg. Charity No: 436845
2006 - The Barn Owl Trust - Reg. Charity No: 299835
2007 Vincent Wildlife Trust
2007 Jigsaw Cancer and Blood Disorders Appeal - Royal Bournemouth Hospital
2007 The Shawnee Mission Labrador Club - Kansas U.S.A
2007/8 Borneo Orangutan Survival U.K
2007/8 U.K Wolf Conservation Trust