A few weeks ago, Kate Wyatt, wildlife artist, shared some of her amazing sketches of RSPB Radipole's beautiful wildlife, on our Facebook page. We were wowed by her work and so thrilled that the Weymouth Wetlands had proved such an inspiration. We asked Kate if she would write a piece about her work and if we could share it with all of you, thankfully she agreed! So here's what Kate said....
To find out more about Kate's work, click here
I spent my childhood and younger years around the tiny rivulets which flow into RSPB Radipole Lake, fishing for minnows and frog spawn. And to get into Weymouth my Mother and I always walked via RSPB Radipole, later I spent many teenage nights walking home that way in the dark with friends - always an adventure! All the time I was doing this I realised that I was watching the wildlife of this area, and in particular the swans and their young. The parents used to hiss at us and scare us...all the usual 'beliefs' about swans came to mind. The cormorants seemed to have a similarity to dragons for me as a youngster, standing and drying their wings and mallards are always fun to feed. As a child I also I learned not to pick the gorse!
(Above. Photo 1: Cormorant sketch, RSPB Radipole. Photo 2: Crows, RSPB Radipole. Photo3: Cormorant, RSPB Radipole. All by Kate Wyatt)
It's always wonderful to return to my parents who live on Portland and to visit RSPB Radipole with my husband, also a wildlife artist, just to watch, draw, absorb and enjoy the fantastic wildlife this reserve has to offer. Time really does stop still once I am working and I am amazed at how quickly the hours disappear. I have been known to continue working outside even when it is quite dark because you never know what might turn up at this time.