Woodcock over Gorse by Jason Lowes
AN array of paintings that wonderfully depict the British countryside are captured in this year’s Christmas cards from the GWCT.
As in previous years, there are five designs to choose from which have all been exclusively painted by renowned wildlife artists.
Gamebirds have proven popular again, with Roger McPhail’s Grouse in the Snow, Boxing Day Woodcock by Owen Williams and Jason Lowes’ Woodcock over Gorse, whereas Ashley Boon has designed a chaffinch resting on a tree.
Completing the set is Happy Chrishmuz Push-Kat by Loon, an illustration of two dogs who are merry after raiding the family’s alcohol. The artist also has put together a mixed pack of his best-selling designs from previous years which include pheasants, geese and dogs.
Demand is expected to be high as ever, following last year’s record-breaking year which saw 5,000 packs fly off the shelves.
To avoid missing out, GWCT shop manager Beverley Mansbridge is urging people to get their orders in early.
“Orders are already starting to pour in,” said Beverley.
"I think our customers love the fact the cards are unique, and that’s thanks to the talented group of artists we have who feel passionate about what we do.”
Cards are sold in packs of ten and start from £5.50.
As well as cards, the Trust has a whole range of goods in its store, including popular gifts for Christmas.
Proceeds help support GWCT’s scientific research programmes for game and wildlife conservation. You will be helping us to tell a more balanced story about game management by funding new research to measure and publish the positive influence it has on our countryside.
To order, visit www.gwctshop.org.uk
The deadline for postal orders on cards is Friday, November 15.
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Notes to editors
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.
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