Rpbert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

Category: Watching Wildlife

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Now is the time to put up a nest box This week is National Nest Box Week, when the British Trust for Ornithology encourages people to put bird boxes up in their gardens. The aim is to address a shortage of natural nest sites and redress a decline in garden birds.  The week kicks off on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, whilst the love is in the air. The idea is that you will be in time […]

the best nest box for a tawny owl

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Each year tawny owls in my garden nest in boxes built especially for them. Over the years I’ve learned what sort of box suits the species best and where to site it. Tawny owls begin courting in winter As I step out of my back door here is a hard frost underfoot. Above the stars twinkle and, in spite of the cold, I can hear the call of a male tawny owl. I know it […]

overcoming dyslexia writing in my hide

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I overcame dyslexia and clocked up 10 years as a newspaper columnist in spite of my spelling I am celebrating my 10th anniversary as a columnist for the Yorkshire Post. Since beginning my monthly column for this newspaper’s ‘Country Week’ insert, I have penned over 120 articles. This is quite incredible if you consider that I am severely dyslexic Overcoming dyslexia with stories of wildlife When I first started the column, I worried I wouldn’t have […]

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Welcome to ‘Wildlife Photo of the Week’ where I share the best of the photographic studies that inspire my paintings. Each week I select one & relate the story behind the picture. If you feel inspired by a subject feel free to get in touch – I paint private commissions and am happy to discuss possible compositions. My number is 01759 368355 or email me on mail@robertefuller.com. To look back at my spring, summer and winter selections follow these […]

a look back at the wildlife of 2018

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From finding a rare white stoat in my garden, to filming an eagle owl in north Yorkshire, I’ve had an eventful wildlife year. In this post I look back at all the action I’ve witnessed, both at home and on trips abroad. My Wildlife Year January 2018 The year kicked off to a tremendous start when a stoat living in my garden turned white. It is extremely rare to see stoats in ermine here on […]

watching wildlife in the caringorms

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The wildlife of the Cairngorms is so inspiring. I went in search of wildcats and came back having seen snow hares, red deer and a golden eagle. It was such a magical experience I couldn’t wait to get back to my easel and paint the beautiful creatures I had seen! I’ve just finished the red stag sketch below. Scroll down to see what else I have painted since I returned. Scroll down to watch a […]

why save tree sparrows

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I began helping tree sparrows 20 years ago I moved to Fotherdale Farm, high on the Yorkshire Wolds, in 1998 and when I got here I was disappointed by the lack of wildlife in my garden. But then again it was hardly a garden, more an expanse of mud that had been levelled by a JCB digger, following the renovations of the farmhouse. There were barely any plants here to provide food or cover for […]

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This year I celebrate 20 years of painting the wildlife on my doorstep. I’ve been looking back at some of my favourite wild visitors and the paintings they inspired. See more at my winter exhibition at my gallery in Thixendale, North Yorkshire, from Nov 10th – Dec 2nd. July 1998 Only 2 tree sparrows at Fotherdale Painting the wildlife on the doorstep When I moved to Fotherdale Farm in 1998 the only bird life here was one […]

Wren painting by Robert E Fullre

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It is one of Britain’s smallest birds, but it has a big personality. Find out how a cheeky wren won wildlife artist Robert E Fuller’s heart and got itself a home for life in the artist’s garden.    Looking after a wren in my garden: winter When I moved to Fotherdale Farm in 1998, building a vegetable patch was a priority. That autumn I proudly displayed my first ‘harvest’ of shallots and onions in the […]

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Wildlife artist Robert E Fuller tours the wildlife garden he designed 20 years ago and points out stoats, sparrowhawks, kestrels and owls living in the trees and shrubbery. After two decades, this Yorkshire wildlife garden now provides a constant source of inspiration for his art.   It is now 20 years since I moved to Fotherdale Farm in Thixendale and in all my time here I’ve never known such a warm October. One particularly balmy […]

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