Hello, I’m Ceri – thank you for signing up for my newsletter!
My book – ‘Life on the Floodplain – A Garden Wildlife Diary 2020’ was published last year.
I have a background in natural history and art and I worked at the Natural History Museum in London for many years. I’d previously worked on various nature reserves and in design, always with a natural history link. In 1995 we created a Wildlife Garden at the Museum, where I developed a species monitoring programme. We published the results every few years and there are now over 3000 species recorded from the one-acre site. Then, one day on my way home from work, I had an accident. It was frightening in its sudden simplicity. I developed severe PTSD which caused anxiety, flashbacks and seizures which still significantly affects my life. I was in therapy for the best part of 10 years and I’m very grateful for all the help that I received.
Originally from Wales, I moved back with my family and I now record the plants and animals in my own garden. As a coping mechanism I began taking photographs of the wildlife and surrounding landscape. This became a focus and, in 2020, I also began journaling about the plants and animals. Of course, none of us knew then that a pandemic was coming and when we went into the first lockdown, I included daily records of this
as a contrast to watching nature carry on along the floodplain I touch on dealing with a mental health issue and describe how watching the wildlife in my garden helped me,
as it did for many other people. This was finally published as a book.
I’m currently exhibiting my photographs at: The Makers Gallery in Crickhowell (above the Latte Da café) and at Llandough hospital, near Cardiff.
We’ve now recorded over 400 species in our garden, though I miss the expertise of my ex-colleagues! Bats and lichens are my particular interest. I hope my photographs give you a glimpse of the number of species that can be seen if we make small adjustments to our gardens - such as a water feature, planting a native tree, or simply by leaving the grass uncut until a little later in the season.
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