North Devon Coast and Countryside National Trust
Nature Hub opening April 2021
The former Heddon Valley shop, near Parracombe, ran by the National Trust for around three decades was destined for a powerfu transformation after it closed it's retail doors in late 2020.
The need for a nature interpretation zone and indoor seating became the highlight of the Team's plans and thus I was approached, as a former engagement and interpretation colleague, to add a touch of love...
...10 days later a new North Devon map mural, a high brown fritillary life cycle mural and painted birds of the Valley on the beautiful Bay windows...
Map - shows all the Coast and Countryside looked after by the Team, from Welcombe Bay to West Exmoor.
High Brown life cycle - A poem and illustrative life cycle of how cattle trampling bracken helps to create the ideal growing conditions for dog violet - the food plant for the larvae. I studied the butterfly with this team in 2014 as an MSc degree project, where the findings now influence the future conservation plans of this declining butterfly!
Birds - from stone chats, to woodpeckers to swallows. I painted the birds in positions how you would find them. I used to be an ecologist and continue to observe their cheeky behaviour!
Part of the Heddon Pantry, you can soon sit indoors to enjoy a cup of coffee and admire at the landscape, the butterflies, birds and the wildlife recordings on a motion screen!
I still feel connected to this wonderful team and honoured to be asked by April Braund to complete it. Thanks to Jack Ward (ranger) and Josey Field (ranger) for the ecological, poetic and artist input!
Edited: April 2021