Jayne Ivimey

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The Red List


Consider the Red List

Holding a dead bird in your hand is a privilege. To stare at it and to examine its body enables you to understand its exquisite engineering and its vulnerability.

Tragically, this year the number of endangered British birds has risen by 20 bringing the total to a staggering 70 birds on the Red List. (Severe decline of at least 50% in the breeding population over the last 25 years.)

So what do 70 birds look like and how can we imagine this number? How can we experience the deep sense of loss to our environment and to ourselves? Visiting the 'skin' collections at the Natural History Museum in Tring and the Norwich Castle Museum gave me the opportunity to contemplate the scale of the loss.

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© Jayne Ivimey