Following my 'trip down memory lane' with my painting of a Blue Tit on a milk bottle I have been looking at, in order to paint, more of our native British birds.
Other examples of my paintings are available in the gallery Animals and Birds and also in the gallery of New Paintings.
In more recent years Bullfinch numbers have been in decline and they've been on the RSPB red list of endangered species - because they were trapped? Or because English orchards were grubbed-up as a result of an EU directive? Or major supermarkets only stocking cheap, "perfect" imports? We, the consumer, apparently only interested in looks and size.
I now have a greater respect for our fruit trees. I read that traditional orchards are defined as having "at least five trees widely spaced and allowed to grow gnarled, hollowed and eventually fall where they stand. They are not intensively managed, are treated with few or no chemicals and are often grazed by animals such as sheep or geese or cut for hay". So, we have an orchard! We'll continue to encourage birds, bats, bees, moths, lichens and fungi to live in it.
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Next on my list - A Goldfinch on Teasel.
*Scottish Wildlife Trust