Launch of the 2018 stamp – Teal on Chichester Harbour by Andrew Stock

Once again the Wildlife Habitat Trust has commissioned a leading wildlife artist to create an image for the WHT stamp. This year, Andrew Stock and his Teal on Chichester Harbour has been chosen by the charity’s trustees.

Andrew is a self-taught artist who has been painting full-time since leaving Sherborne School in Dorset in 1978. While still at school, he was personally encouraged by the late Sir Peter Scott and went on to hold his first one-man exhibition at the age of 21 in London. He is a long-time member and a former president of the Society of Wildlife Artists.

Andrew sketches in the field, usually in watercolour, often using a telescope to watch the wildlife. Finished drawings are sometimes exhibited, but more often they form the basis for more considered works in oil or watercolour or as etchings on his return to the studio at his home in Buckinghamshire. Wildlife, especially birds, has been a constant theme, but in recent years landscapes have become an important part of his repertoire.

One of his favourite areas for inspiration is the north-west of Scotland, particularly Sutherland and the Sound of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, where he has friends and also enjoys fly fishing and a spot of rough shooting.

Andrew says: “I do have a bit of a hunter-gatherer instinct and I also enjoy lobster-potting and sea fishing while up there.

“More recently, I went last year to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, painting for an exhibition – the vistas are magnificent.

I also went to the Austrian Alps last winter and I’m looking forward to going back in the summer to see how the landscape changes.”

Andrew has also been to the Kumaon Himalayas, on an expedition with the Royal Navy to Antarctica, and a guest at a private game reserve next to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. But he was equally happy in the less exotic surroundings of Bosham on Chichester Harbour for the WHT commission. “It’s a very pretty little village and I had a delightful time there,” he said.

He will be on the BASC stand during the 2018 Game Fair at Ragley Hall for the launch of the WHT stamp. “I did go to the Game Fair last year to see what it was like. The kids of course were fascinated with all the machinery and 4x4s; I was a little disappointed the artists were scattered about rather than being grouped together, but it was a fantastic day out; we had a lot of fun.”

WHT loan helps Gloucestershire wildfowlers buy new land

The Wildlife Habitat Trust has given Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association a loan of £45,000 to buy almost eight acres of new land.

The money will purchase Arlingham Marsh, which has been rented by the club for many years.

Club treasurer Peter Crighton said: “To be able to purchase the marsh was an opportunity which could not be missed. The purchase is especially important as it now gives the club a foothold on the east bank of the river Severn and represents the continuance of a strong relationship with the WHT, which has given the club its total support during the purchase.

“This is our third land purchase with the help and support of the WHT. Paul Williamson and the trustees of the WHT have been a great support and encouragement during the purchase and done everything in their power to assist.

“The purchase also gives the club its first proper building as the principal feature of the marsh is a WWII concrete pill box structure, one of many built hurriedly along the river Severn on the outbreak of war.  While it is well used by club members for sheltering behind, having the club AGM in it may prove a little challenging!”

Paul Williamson, BASC’s rural land development manager, said: “The WHT was delighted to support the club again with the purchase of riverside grazing adjacent to the river Severn. The club has a proven track record of working with many of the conservation bodies in the area. This purchase will go further in cementing the club as a significant stakeholder within the region.”

The WHT is dedicated to raising and distributing funds to help with the acqusition of land for conservation and shooting. It was established in 1986 by members of the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

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