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British Plants By The Nature Collection for British Wildlife

Daisy
Daisies
Sycamore Seeds
Sycamore Seeds
Catkins
Catkins
Buttercup
Bluebells
Bluebells
Bluebells
Clover
Clover
Dandelions
Dandelion
Bird's Foot Trefoil
Bird's Foot Trefoil
Dog Rose
Cowslip
Foxglove
Water Lily
Thistle
Poppies
Grasses
Grasses
Grasses
Tiny New Conkers
Conker
Conkers in Shell
Horse Chestnut, Bark and Leaves
Horse Chestnut Tree, Blossom
Acorns
Acorns
Acorns
Oak Tree
Oak Tree, Leaves
Oak Tree, Bark
Oak Tree, Dead Wood
Hazelnut
Plane Tree, Leaves and Seeds
Sweet Chestnut
Sweet Chestnuts in Cases
Birch Trees
Birch Tree, Bark
Hawthorn Tree
Hawthorn Tree, Blossom
Hawthorn Tree, Berries
Stinging Nettles
Brambles, Blossom
Brambles, Leaves
Brambles, Blackberries
Moss
Moss and Lichen

Photographer & Wildlife Educator

I am Susanna Ramsey and I have a unique collection of natural history objects relating to British Wildlife. Over the last ten years, I have assembled an extensive range of skulls, skeletons, bones, skins, feathers, wings, antlers, insect specimens and taxidermy, all from animals in the UK.

During 2010-2018, I took my Nature Collection into local primary schools to display and run workshops for the children, linking the exhibition to science topics in the National Curriculum such as Adaptations, Bones, Classification, Food Webs, Habitats, Life Cycles and Local Wildlife.

In 2018-2020, I worked with the leading schools' catalogue, TTS ,to create a range of Educational Resources for primary schools, nurseries, after school clubs and families. To find out more about these products, see below.

I am passionate about encouraging children and adults, to discover the beauty of our local wildlife.

Cotton grass

Exhibits and Thanks

Almost all of the animals in my collection were either found by myself, Susanna Ramsey, or donated by friends and family to The Nature Collection, as an educational resource. Huge thanks for all the tiny, carefully-wrapped bundles of feathers and bones, to Steve and Sam Read, John Lock, Chris Matcham, Franko Maroevic, Tim Howard, Jan Wilczur, Simon Richards, Peter Veniard, Paula Redmond, Phil Davis, Bob & Sally Black, Jo & Frank Sheppard and Katie Ramsey. Many of these people are naturalists and experts in their field; I am indebted to them too, for all that they have taught me about our local wildlife.

Over the years, I have been lucky enough to be a regular visitor to the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. The unimaginably-vast collection of British insect specimens, stored in row upon row, of metal, floor-to-ceiling cabinets has been a massive inspiration to me. There is something infinitely satisfying about the way every species has its own box, within a drawer, within a cabinet and that each can be found within minutes, by the care and expertise of the staff. To witness the incredible number of UK species of moth, beetle, butterfly, fly, grasshopper etc, is simply mind blowing and I feel so privileged to be able to visit and photograph some of the specimens!

I have used the photo stacking equipment at the Angela Marmont Centre to take highly-detailed photos of some of the specimens to put into slideshows for my primary school workshops. When I was young, I always wanted to be an archaeologist and it was my ambition to work in a museum; to sit in the Centre, using the equipment and handling the specimens, listening to the chatter of the experts at work, has been a dream come true. I am so grateful to the staff at the Centre for their encouragement and for always making me feel so welcome.

Thanks also to Tonja Grung, of Made from the Dead Taxidermy, for sharing her incredible knowledge, patience and skill. I will never forget our amazing sessions on animal taxidermy.

The delicate skeletons were cleaned to perfection by a colony of flesh-eating, dermestid beetles, skilfully managed by Edward de Geer.

BRITISH WILDLIFE PRODUCTS

If you know children who are interested in nature, are a teacher, or would like to learn more about British Wildlife yourself, explore the range of British Wildlife products recently created by The Nature Collection and the leading schools' catalogue, TTS.

The products are perfect for use in primary schools, nurseries, after school clubs, forest schools or at home with friends and family. Click on the links below to find out about each product.

Look & Learn Cards: British Birds, Mammals, Minibeasts

Food Webs Activity Pack

Classification: British Wildlife & Natural History

Identification Wheels: British Birds, Mammals & Minibeasts

Discovery Bags: British Birds, Mammals, Minibeasts

Playground Signboards: Birds, Mammals, Minibeasts

Birds ID Wheel, Food Webs pack, Mammal Look & Learn cards
Created By
Susanna Ramsey
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Credits:

Susanna Ramsey