Wednesday, 24 June 2015

NWT Cley Marshes

Client Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Location NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Centre. Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk  

Cley & Salthouse Marshes Living Coast map. Visitor orientation from the National Trusts Blakeney Point to Salthouse.  

Cley Marshes

Client Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Location NWT Cley Marshes, Cley Next the Sea, NR25 7SA (A149 Coast Road, East of Cley village).

Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta. Detail from NWT Cley Marshes panogram 

Holme Dunes

Client Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Location Holme Dunes, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk PE36 6LQ

Bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica

Reproduced with kind permission from Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Ranworth Broad

Client Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Location Ranworth Broad, The Broads, Norwich, Norfolk NR13, UK

Great crested grebe Podiceps cristatus

Reproduced with kind permission from Norfolk Wildlife Trust 

Sowe Valley Project

Client Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Location Stoke Floods Green, Billington Close, Coventry, West Midlands CV2 5NQ, UK

One of a series of external interpretation boards throughout the Sowe Valley, Coventry.

Co-designed with Steven Cheshire - Marketing and Media Officer, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Additional decorative graphics by Harkiran Kalsi, Coventry City Council.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Spring cleaning

This interpretation panel has been out in the field for over a decade and its beginning to show.

All glass reinforced plastic (GRP) panels can be easily maintained by washing off residue with warm water. Warning - don’t use any detergent, it will dissolve the finish.

Additionally, use a soft cloth or old cotton t-shirt to apply any silicon compound based polish, such as T-cut, over time this builds a protective waxy layer and makes cleaning even easier. 

St Mary's Land's, Warwick

Client: Warwick District Council

Walk out onto this large area of open land with its distant tree lined horizon stretching northward, and enjoy the sense of space. 

It’s ecological and historic interest are initially understated. Grassland wildlife maintain species from medieval agriculture into present day. Over the past 300 years, how many thousands of horses have raced around its perimeter, and continue to course by Victorian pleasure gardens and summer houses. This was once the towns common and despite such rights ceasing in the late 1940’s, public foot paths ensure continued access. In 1997, Warwick District Council began to develop an integrated strategy to balance the interests of the local community and a variety of private bodies and stakeholders, no mean feat. St. Mary’s Land’s is a significant landscape, ensuring the conservation of our cultural and environmental heritage. 

N.B. Always a good idea to check when there's a race on, especially if you'll be walking dogs. Go to 


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Amethyst Deceiver - Laccaria amethystina

A recent illustration featured on a soon-to-be-installed interpretation board at Kenilworth Common Local Nature Reserve.

First described in 1778, this lovely fungi is often found in dark, damp leaf litter and is especially abundant under beech trees. The colour deepens when wet and particularly vivid when young. In dry conditions it fades to white. The cap starts off convexed becoming almost flat and pales as it matures. You'll find it between June and November.    

Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Broads Wildlife Centre

Norfolk Wildlife Trust - Ranworth Broad

I have just returned from a visit to a outstanding nature reserve - Ranworth one of the most popular broads in Norfolk. An extraordinary site where on approach is quite unassuming. A grand 200 year old oak greets you before following an astounding board walk winding through a succession of woodland, swampy habitats and reedbed. Here you'll find the iconic swallowtail butterfly amongst a wonderful variety of wildlife. 

Yet it isn't until you reach the unique floating wildlife centre and step inside that you get to see the expansive broad itself. Of both national and international importance for wildlife, the broad hosts large numbers of birds and wildfowl including one of Britain's largest inland cormorant roosts.

This year during these quiet winter months when the centre is closed, there is much work being done to develop the visitor experience. I am working with a dedicated and talented team from Norfolk Wildlife Trust, on an extensive interpretation project that will form part of the exciting new Broads Wildlife Centre, open to the public on March 23, 2013.   

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Interpretation Board Archive

An archive of my interpretation boards can be seen on my Facebook business page, along with detail and previews of recent and forthcoming projects.  Use this link to have a look - JBEI Interpretation Board Archive