About the book
Inspired by the potential of lowland England’s most ambitious habitat restoration project, twenty nine artists produced work that shows the riches that hang on in the remnants of fenland.
These remnants will be enhanced as the Great Fen Project acquires more land and achieves its first objective of linking Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen National Nature Reserves.
This book features the body of work generated from the artistic reaction to this unique landscape. It shows a variety of styles and topics, ranging across field sketches of birds and other animals, detailed botanical and entomological studies, landscapes that are instantly recognisable and landscapes that are almost abstract, sculptures using scrap metal found in the area, and transient paintings of dragonflies on bog oaks dug from the peat. Their artistic vision matches the vision that has inspired the Great Fen Project.
In this lavish book, the Artists for Nature Foundation publicize Britain’s most ambitious habitat restoration project – to link the National Nature Reserves of Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen…..
Many different art forms are used, including arresting sculptures in scrap metal by Harriet Mead, of Bittern Botaurus stellaris, newt and dragonfly. Denis Clavreul and others also present evocative illustrations of fenland people and their farms…..This delightful book communicates the spirit of the Great Fen and it will surely inspire further support for an immense project.
Leo Kinlen IBIS 2007
A visual treat for anyone interested in wetlands and their wildlife
RSPB Birds magazine February 2007
The book is an artistic vision of an inspirational project and a thing of beauty in its own right
Birdwatching magazine September 2006
a book of wonderful images, supported by well-researched text that explains the history of the area
Mike Toms BTO News Sept-Oct 2006