You may remember reading about the little book of Beetles that was raising money for our Skomer Tractor Fund, if not you can read the original article here.
Peter Brown, known to many in Pembrokeshire as a teacher, biologist and nature enthusiast is now in his eighties. Undiminished by advancing years he shares his enthusiasm for beetles in his latest book, and those of you of a certain age will instantly recognise the World famous zebra crossing close to Abbey Road Studios on the back cover – and for that matter the Fab Four on the front – beetles that is… Yes, Peter’s book ‘The Beetles’ (The Fab Four Thousand) is a collection of poems detailing some of our disappearing native beetles, with illustrations from Fran Evans.
Peter’s clever yet accessible poems capture the nature of British beetles (timely as all insects are in serious decline). The words are wonderfully complemented by Fran’s beautifully colourful, yet accurate, illustrations. Together the book is a real delight – amusing and thoughtful. For the young it offers an easy guide to the wonders of our native beetles and for the rest of us a joyful nod to the Beatlemania of the 1960s. A treat for all ages.
We were delighted to receive an incredible £901 to go towards the Skomer Tractor Fund!
Sarah Kessell, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales CEO said:
“We love Peter’s delightful poems! We are very grateful for the incredible donation and would like to thank Peter and Fran who both donated their work, Signspeed who donated the setting, editing and print of 600 copies and The Darwin Centre who funded a free copy to every school in Pembrokeshire. Thanks to Peter’s donation, we have been able to purchase a new vehicle for Skomer Island. We simply couldn’t deliver our vital conservation work without the support of people like Peter. Thank you!”
If you haven’t managed to get your hands on a copy of ‘The Beetles’ , there are still a few available in our Welsh Wildlife Centre gift shop.
Do you have a fundraising idea? We would love to hear it!
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