Welcome to my illustrated wildlife park! Here you’ll find a collection of art prints, jewellery and gifts, all with a focus on wildlife conservation.
My name’s Claire, I live in West Sussex in the south of England. I love going for hikes, reading nature books and getting people engaged with wildlife. I also love drawing and making and being creative!
Some useful websites for more info, or follow them on social media:
Wildlife Trusts – search for your local one, they offer courses, volunteering, events, information and advice, and places to visit.
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Zoological Society of London
British Trust for Ornithology
I promote awareness of the more unusual wildlife…
Most of my creatures are less well known and endangered – each purchase comes with information about that creature and what you can do to help. I love converting people into kakapo fans!
I donate to charities…
Some of my profits go to Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, so every purchase helps wild endangered animals. Gerald Durrell has been a huge influence on me – his books inspired me (as they have done many others) to be more engaged with the natural world and care about its future. The Trust continue his legacy from their zoo on the island of Jersey (I highly recommend a visit if you can) as well as in projects all around the world. They really do incredible conservation work, bringing species back from the brink of extinction.
(Please note that I am not endorsed by Durrell, I simply donate at the end of each year).
I try to be as eco-friendly as possible…
My paper goods are printed on a brand of recycled paper which uses low CO2 methods and plants trees with the Woodland Trust. All cellophane and bubble (jiffy) bags are biodegradable. My jewellery comes in organic cotton bags, which can be reused. I handwrite addresses rather than using labels, use a stamp rather than stickers, and don’t print out invoices (everything’s digital now, right?).
How can you help with wildlife conservation?
There are so many ways! Here are a few to get you started:
1. Animal conservation in the wild is primarily about habitat conservation. Animals are best left to get on with what they do best, but they can only do that if they have a home to do it in. A lot of conservation work revolves around restoring rainforest or cleaning up the oceans. Get involved with a project local to you (in the UK, the Wildlife Trusts are great for this, but there are plenty, just look online) that is helping to restore a nearby pond, replanting a woodland, doing a beach clean or creating a wild area in your garden.
2. Every little bit helps. It can definitely feel like too big a problem to solve and that your small part will make no different, but it can. Recycle, buy ethically sourced products, local food. That one plastic bag you pick up on your way home from the beach, while it doesn’t feel like much, is one less plastic bag in the ocean. Oh, and stop using plastic bags, of course.
3. On the topic of plastic bags… say no to single-use plastic! Stop buying bottled water, using straws and as much as possible, avoid plastic when buying fresh food (this is tricky in supermarkets, I know).
4. Help a charity. There are a lot of wildlife charities out there, but do a bit of research and pick one you really believe in. You can chose a charity which supports your favourite animal, or which works in a country you love or which works with local people. Get in touch with them and see what you can do, you could donate £2 a month or volunteer your time or help spread the word about the work they do.
5. Enjoy the wildlife near you. Go to an event or a guided walk, go pond dipping, go for a walk at dusk or dawn, lie in a field and look at the sky, draw or photograph the birds at your local reserve. And take your friends along too. The more people who enjoy and appreciate wildlife, the more care it will get. Not only that, but a day or an hour or a week out in nature will make you feel like a new person.