CONSERVATION PROJECTS












"Swathes of golden corn speckled with the rainbow colours of a multitude of wild flowers were once a common sight in the countryside, but by the late 20th century these delightful scenes had vanished."

Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2002)



Striking Structures!
The Curious Constructions of Dry Fruit and Seeds

Illustrations above
Red Hemp Nettle
Galeopsis angustifolia

Corn Buttercup
Ranunculus arvensis

All illustrations by
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2002)




Illustration above
Great Bindweed
Calystegia silvatica

Illustration by
Amanda Willoughby

(Copyright 1996)

 

RSPB BECKINGHAM MARSHES
NATURE RESERVE
PLANT ALPHABET

An alphabet created to stimulate interest in the RSPB Beckingham Marshes Nature Reserve. In 2014 and 2015 Amanda was one of six artists who took part in a series of exhibitions inspired by the recent restoration and conservation of the reserve. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the RSPB restored this part of the River Trent floodplain to marshland and created a new nature reserve of wetland habitats in which many species of marsh plants, birds and animals have re-established themselves. Click here for more!

Illustrations on left and right
D is for Dactylis glomerata
R is for Ranunculus acris

Concept, design and illustrations by
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2014)




RARE AND ENDANGERED CORNFIELD FLOWERS
AT RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM

This project is a visual record of cornfield flowers on the verge of extinction due to post-war intensive farming methods.

Amanda created a series of illustrations to help raise awareness of the Cornfield Flower Conservation Programme at Ryedale Folk Museum. In partnership with The North York Moors National Park Authority and the Carstairs Trust, the museum began a programme to rescue rare and endangered cornfield flowers from extinction and to encourage more cornfield flower conservation programmes nationwide.

Amanda's work was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal at the RHS London Flower Show in 2002.



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THE NATIONAL TRUST
IN THE PEAK DISTRICT

Amanda designed and composed interpretation panels and posters about the conservation and countryside management work of the National Trust in the Peak District. The work included The Ashop Head Path Project, which explained how NT wardens restored a badly-eroded footpath on Kinder Scout and More Women Are Wanted, which encouraged women to take part in countryside conservation work. The work was displayed in the NT Mobile Information Unit which toured NT properties, country shows and town centres in and around the Peak District.











"I wanted to illustrate the cornfield flowers to draw attention to their beauty, to highlight the tragedy and impact of their loss in the British countryside and to stress the importance of their conservation."

Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2002)



Fantastic Forms!
The Extraordinary Shapes of Sepals, Bracts and Petals

Illustration in centre
Weaselsnout
Misopates orontium

Illustrations above
Wild Pansy
Viola tricolor

Cornflower
Centaurea cyanus




Illustration above and image on left
NT Guided Walks Poster detail
and NT Information Panel

Both by
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1994)