Celebs provide art for #99Birds book
It started with a tweet: an idea to address the alarming decline in the UK’S bird population. The result is #99Birds; a single unique hardback collection of 99 artworks from a diverse range of the nation’s bird enthusiasts. In a post-brexit climate, UK conservation will be under huge pressure. Without the protection of several current EU legislations our wildlife, and its habitats, are under threat. Money raised from the book auction in May will be split between the BTO and its Curlew Appeal and the UK Little Owl Project. @Yolobirder, a Twitter conservationist who has already raised thousands of pounds for UK wildlife projects, suggested to his thousands of followers an idea to raise funds. He would collate the first 99 pieces of bird art to arrive through his door into a one-off book for auction. The response was remarkable, and the result, #99Birds, is truly a one-of-a-kind – 99 original, signed artworks in a single post-bound book. The cover is hand-tooled in gold over a navy blue ‘buckram’ library book cloth. Included in the final book are commercial bird artists, illustrators, writers, children’s book authors, celebrities, musicians and award-winning photographers, from TV presenter Chris Packham to Fyfe Dangerfield from indie band Guillemots.