Crafty weekend at Nature Reserve

Pink footed geese at Loch of Strathbeg
Pink footed geese at Loch of Strathbeg

Artists from across Aberdeenshire will be on hand this weekend at Loch of Strathbeg to help members of the public tap into their creative side.

As well as activities, there will also be an exhibition of wildlife depicted in art featuring local talent such as Karen Hartnell. There will also be work from Kath Hamper and Elinor Grieve.

Diana Spencer, Visitor and Publicity Officer at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg, said: “Everyone has a bit of creativity in them, whether that’s building something or drawing a picture, and we’d love to see what people can create after being inspired by the wildlife around them.

“On Saturday, you can explore the reserve and bring anything you find back to the visitor centre where you can create a fantastic natural sculpture, collage, bird feeder or bug house to take home.

On Saturday, March 9 the morning activities of building natural sculptures, collages, bird feeder or bug home starts at 11am until 1pm and an afternoon session runs from 2pm until 4pm. An exploration of the reserve collecting finds along the way is encouraged to incorporate these into your craft and the suggested donation for both activities is £5 per family.

Sunday March 10 is a chance to draw some art alongside other artists as part of our Wildlife Sketching Workshop from 11am until 3pm. In the morning the group will explore the reserve collecting and sketching natural materials and after a short break they’ll be drawing and painting either inside or outside, weather permitting.

Basic materials will be provided but you should also bring along your own paints and pencils; there is a suggested donation of £10 per person.

If you are an experienced or professional artist and would like to exhibit your work or help us give advice to our visitors then please get in touch on 01346 532017 or e-mail: strathbeg@rspb.org.uk.

Year of Natural Scotland 2013 is a chance to promote Scotland’s stunning natural beauty and biodiversity, and promote ways in which visitors can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly.