Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is inviting entries for its annual art auction.
This year’s theme is Fight for Flight and the Trust is looking for contributions that celebrate UK bird species. Entries can be any type of artwork, from photography to drawing, as long as it fits on an A5 size card (i.e. postcard).
Entries close on 31st October 2022 and the auction site will be live online from 21st November – 21st December 2022.
[A contribution from last year’s auction – sorry, artist’s name not known]
In previous years the funds raised from the art auction have been used to support hen harrier protection in the region. This year, the funds raised will be used to support Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s peregrine protection scheme.
As regular blog readers will know, peregrines are at high risk of persecution in Derbyshire, particularly in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. Peregrines have been found shot (e.g. here), poisoned (e.g. here) and eggs have been robbed from nests (e.g. here).
This year a team of 22 volunteers from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have kept daily watch on vulnerable, high-risk peregrine breeding sites throughout the breeding season, resulting in successful fledging at many sites. The art auction funding will help DWT repeat this effort again in 2023.