Friday, 4 May 2012

Press release                                                                                             24th April 2012
Event: Drawing Haldon’s Birds –7th May

Come to a unique workshop drawing birds in Haldon Forest on the May 7th Bank holiday.  Take a walk with bird illustrator Mike Langman and Gemma Dunn, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) focusing on the symbiotic relationship between bird species and their habitats.

Mike worked for the RSPB for many years and his bird illustrations can be seen on nearly every RSPB reserve, in addition to several large murals in information centres and paintings on the RSPB website. A full time bird illustrator since 1992, Mike has been published in over 32 books and is a voluntary Art Editor for the Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society.

“During the walk, I will be encouraging people to sketch from life quickly and effectively and will show the group how to capture the character and shape of the birds with confidence.’’ Mike explains,  “I’ve been coming to Haldon since the first platform was raised to view the numerous birds of prey in the area.  The birds are used to people and it is an excellent place to get close to them and sketch.”

Gemma Dunn, visitor officer for the RSPB  will be discussing the inter-relationship between birds and their habitat providing a rare opportunity to learn about wildlife in the area while developing your conservation and illustration skills.

Tony Whitehead, speaking for the RSPB in the South West, said “Haldon Forest is a fantastic place to watch birds, whether it be in the cover of the words or out on the open heaths. And the good thing with the area is that it’s easily accessible to all. We’re really looking forward to working with Mike on this event which we know will bring a wonderful new dimension to discovering the world of birds and their relationship to both us and the environment.”

Monday 17th May
9.30-1pm £22 per person,  for booking 01392 832277

Cover will be available if the weather is inclement.

Notes to Editors:
JPGS High resolution images available on request.

1 Mike Langman-Bullfinches. jpg
2. Mike Langman-Yellow-browed Warbler. jpg
3. Mike Langman-BLUE TIT. jpg
  1. CCANW, an educational charity with a gallery, is the only organisation of its kind in the UK addressing environmental issues through dedicated year-round themed programmes including arts exhibitions, workshops, events and activities that do not just explore and reveal existing problems and their causes, but also suggest viable and sustainable alternatives. CCANW is also a hub linking national and international arts, ecology and education networks, universities and professional bodies.
  2. About the Heritage Lottery Fund: Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported over 30,000 projects, allocating £4.6billion across the UK. Website:
  3. Other parts of our programme are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
  4. The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. They work with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.
  5. Haldon Forest Park is situated five minutes south of Exeter, just off the A38 at Exeter Racecourse. The 1400-hectare Park was developed by the Forestry Commission and includes a 20-mile infrastructure of safe, off-road trails for walking, cycling and horse-riding, as well a Cycle Hire, Go Ape forest adventure course, Café, car park, toilet facilities.
  6. ‘Games People Play’ has been granted the London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognizes exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games. About the Inspire programme: The Inspire programme is run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. It is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the London 2012 Games – a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities & culture.  New opportunities are being created to inspire young people and encourage the whole of the UK to join in. The Inspire programme has awarded over 1,400 different projects the Inspire mark. The London 2012 Inspire mark copyright © London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd 2008. All rights reserved.

Media contact:
Natacha Du Pont De Bie
Press officer
Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World
T: 01392 832277 Tuesdays
Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, EX6 7XR

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