It’s a wildlife
Wendy Tobitt of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust explores sensory delights at College Lake nature reserve with colourful wild flowers and works of art
THE fabulous vista of blue, mauve, scarlet, yellow and white cornfield flowers waving in the breezes at College Lake nature reserve have some serious competition this summer from a group of artists who have taken up temporary residence in the reserve’s Visitor Centre.
The College Lake Group of nine artists including a photographer, jeweller, ceramicist and sculptor are exhibiting and selling their works as part of the Bucks Open Studios event from 6 to 21 June.
This is a glorious site to display works of art, many inspired by the vivid colours of nature, and all handmade with love to show off dexterity and skilled designs.
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is delighted that the College Lake Group, all of whom live in Buckinghamshire, are giving an additional experience for the many visitors to the Trust’s flagship nature reserve.
The day the artists were setting up their exhibits coincided with a visit from BBC Countryfile, filming to promote the programme’s popular annual photographic competition.
This year’s theme is: Colours of the Countryside, so presenters and competition judges John Craven, Bill Bailey and Naomi Wilkinson made the most of the sunny day on the nature reserve.
Look out for the launch of the competition on BBC One this Sunday evening, and enjoy College Lake nature reserve, the perfect backdrop for the programme.
Bill Bailey and Naomi Wilkinson filming an episode of Countryfile at College Lake