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A New Climbing Frame Also Becomes a Playground for Wildlife Well before lockdown, when such things were possible, my wife Vick announced that she had found a bargain second-hand climbing framing for our daughters on Facebook. It was priced at £200 for a towered wooden structure with connecting walkways, swings, slides and a climbing wall. The wood alone would have cost more than that! And so, after a bit of arm twisting, we made several […]

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This blog post follows a family of stoats in my North Yorkshire garden. The matriarch, Bandita,  is famous. She is the star of a BBC Natural World documentary. December 1st 2020 Bandita Goes White Stoat Camera Stories 2020 Bandita is getting ready to deliver the ultimate Christmas present – this stoat star is starting to shed her summer fur in favour of a snow white coat. Ermine Stoats are Rare Bandita is one of a […]

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A Rare, Living Elm On the wooded slope of a valley that sweeps away from my home and gallery in Thixendale, grows one of England’s rarest species: a magnificent old elm tree. This big, beautiful, tree is one of just a handful of living elms left in the country. At one time these elms dominated the English landscape. But more than 60 million were killed in an epidemic of Dutch Elm Disease that all but […]

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Rehabilitating Stoats A Tiny Stoat Kit Named Whisper I am looking after two tiny stoat kits named Whisper and Stuart. Whisper was found alone and apparently abandoned by a dog walker. She was handed to me because in recent years I’ve taken on the job of rehabilitating stoats and weasels for Mustelid Rescue UK. My job is to hand rear them until they are ready to be released into the wild. Stuart is the same […]

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A precious few animals in the UK wear white for winter A handful of animal species have the remarkable ability to turn white in winter in order to match the snows of the season and the transition, which in the UK applies to ptarmigan – a genus of bird related to grouse – mountain hares and stoats, is something that fascinates me. Neither mountain hares nor ptarmigan are found in Yorkshire and although I have […]

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Stoats and weasels filmed in my garden will feature in a US TV documentary. PBS Nature, a US-wide public broadcasting channel, is showing ‘The Mighty Weasel’ at 8pm on Thursday, February 19th. Narrated by actress, Ana Gasteyer, who is best known for her role in Saturday Night Live, the programme is a US version of a BBC Natural World documentary ‘Weasels: Feisty and Fearless‘ which aired on BBC2 in October.  The film features habitats I […]

artist obsessed with stoats and weasels

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  How My Art Studies Became an Obsession  Falling for the stoats & weasels in my garden For US readers: In my blogs, a weasel refers to your ‘least weasel’ and stoat is your ‘short-tailed weasel’. For more on ID and definitions:  CLICK HERE For five years, I have followed six generations of the same stoat family and a dynamic weasel dynasty. The project began as an art study to gather reference photographs and information […]

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Although they are very common animals, not much is known about weasels. I built habitats in my garden so that I could study them for my paintings, following their every move via wildlife cameras. Members of the mustelid family, the same animal family as stoats, wolverines and badgers, I discovered some fascinating facts about these secretive creatures. For US readers: In my blogs, a weasel refers to your ‘least weasel’ and stoat is your ‘short-tailed […]

stoat study

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A stoat scampers across the decking outside my studio and pauses at the patio door. She stands on her hind legs to press a delicate five-digit paw against the glass. Our eyes connect momentarily. I know this wild individual well. Her name is Bandita and at the time of writing, her portrait sits on my easel, awaiting the final touches. As Bandita slips away, I follow her movements via a bank of monitors next to […]

Photograph: Wildlife Artist and Photographer Robert E Fuller with a Stoat

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The Wonderful World of Weasels and Stoats More is known about the habits of snow leopards than of weasels and stoats, so as a wildlife artist and photographer I created a haven in my garden in order to capture their magical, brutal lives. Here’s what I found…. Photograph: Weasel among pink saxifrage Untrustworthy, sly and vicious: the negative characteristics of weasels and stoats can be traced back to ancient times. Back then these tiny carnivores […]

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