|And a Happy New Year to one and all!
Despite the myriad challenges that face our world, more and more people are doing more and more things to protect it - and the valuable natural resources which we all need. Like an army of construction workers, nature's broken bits are being repaired and rebuilt by different people. The RSPB calls the process 'Futurescapes'; The Wildlife Trusts call it 'Living Landscapes'. It doesn't matter what we call it; what's important is that we all pitch in and get on with it. In doing so however, we're in danger of forgetting something: the seas that surround our spectacular shoreline. 'Living Seas' - another Wildlife Trusts brand - are every bit as important as forest, mountain, wetland or heath. 2020VISION will be working hard to make sure we remember that.
|If you want to be kept up to speed with the latest 2020VISION images and stories coming through the door, visit our Photographer Diaries (aka The Blog). Even if you're not interested in the images, David Tipling's recent post gives you an insight into the arduous life of a wildlife photographer (ahem). And if you've not yet joined us on Facebook, what are you waiting for?|
|Our 20 Young Champions are in place! Hurrah! Over the next 18 months, 20 young people aged 16-24 will have the opportunity to tell their own visual story of Britain's ecosystems, mentored by our 20-strong pro-photographers. The idea is simple: to develop these young talents into ambassadors for their age group; to equip them to tell their stories. You never know, the next Chris Packham might be amongst the group - hopefully with a better haircut! (sorry Chris). Thanks once again to Rob Bushby at John Muir Trust and all the recruiting organisations for getting the Young Champions show on the road. |
|Sentiment for seals|
|A close encounter with a wild animal can be a life-changing experience, something that too few people get to experience perhaps? If you've not seen this amazing footage by Ben Burville, one of our videographers, you simply must - it will bring a lump to your throat! Click here to view.|
|Our next major assignment kicks off at the end of January in the Scottish uplands, more specifically the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape, or 'CALL'. This ambitious restoration project, orchestrated by Scottish Wildlife Trust working with local landowners, aims to regenerate the natural vegetation of this spectacular upland benefiting rare and specialised wildlife, but with the sustainability of local communities at its core. |
Watch the blog for images and stories from CALL, a project that SWT will officially launch later in the year - but we got in early!
|What does an outdoor exhibition look like? How big is it? What does it achieve? All fair questions and all questions we've been asked in recent months. Of course we can tell you; but much better to show you. Click here to take a look at what's kicking off in Bath right now - and imagine the 2020VISION message being seen in a similar way in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Glasgow - in fact anywhere there is the will. If you have that will, do contact us.|