Celebs pro­vide art for #99Birds book

Bird Watching (UK) - - News -

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.

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