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Wildlife Garden in January
The wildlife garden in January.
It’s hard to imagine the discomfort experienced by wildlife and birds trying to survive on what’s left over in the
garden after a long, hot summer, followed by a long, cold winter.
Even with the good fortune of fairly
mild weather – there may not be much food around for hungry mouths.
With nesting season only a couple of months away, now is a good time
to feed high-energy, fatty foods for birds to help them last the cold
season and build their strength for Spring.
Other animals that come out of hiding
on milder days, looking for an energy boost to help them survive the
cold nights, would benefit from a few morsels left out. Many urban
and semi-rural gardens are homes to hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, birds,
squirrels plus a host of smaller mammals and mini-beasts.
Gardens close to specific wildlife habitats, such as woodland, might be visited by other wildlife, like deer, if the garden is accessible.
All garden wildlife needs water to
drink – keeping bowls and ponds accessible by clearing a space in
ice is often overlooked during particularly cold times but an
essential activity in maintaining an active wildlife garden.
There might be small areas tucked away around the garden, which may provide suitable hideaways and
cosy dens; a log pile at the end of the garden, access to undergrowth
and hedging, plus some bird boxes, bat houses, bug hotels and
butterfly houses should help keep the wildlife garden visitors safer
and more comfortable until the better weather comes along.
Wildlife Drawing Classes Wildlife art classes in drawing wildlife.
There is more to be gained from drawing British wildlife than
drawing and sketching alone – with wildlife art classes, there can be enjoyment in discovering about some of Britain’s favourite animals and birds in the
company of other artists and nature enthusiasts, through drawing
wildlife classes which bring together like-minded individuals in a pleasant setting.
Drawing animals and birds from life is an excellent
way to engage with the natural world around us. An
understanding of wildlife anatomy, behaviour and environment, through
observations and sketches, can help build the skills and knowledge
necessary for more detailed graphite or coloured pencil drawings of
British wildlife and birds.
Drawing class subjects include the familiar favourites such as: foxes,
squirrels, hedgehogs, mice, deer and birds, plus some of the more
elusive characters from the British countryside – badgers, otters,
wildcats, newts, hawks and…
British Wildlife Watercolours.
British wildlife, birds and flowers are carefully painted using
watercolours, based on the wildlife and botanical subjects from the
garden and local woods.
Wildlife such as small British woodland
animals (badgers, foxes, squirrels, mice, bats, deer, otters, wild
cats, stoats, weasels - even wild boar, pine martens, beavers and, one day, lynx may return to the wilds of Britain!) and UK garden birds, butterflies and bees, along with
ladybirds and dragonflies, add to the joys to be found in the garden, or just beyond, all year round.
Watercolours can be used to capture the beauty in the animal or plant subject using the fluidity of the paints.
Everyone's favourite! A beautiful owl resting amongst the bluebells.
Watercolours can be used in a variety of wildlife paintings for
different effects based on creative preferences. For the traditional,
realistic bird and wild animal paintings, dry applications of paint
are built up slowly to create depth and form…