Description he European Hedgehog is becoming increasingly rare in Britain, due to many factors, including habitat loss and climate change. Populations have dropped from 30 million to only 1.5 million over the past 50 years. Because hedgehogs are a hibernating species, their nesting and mating behavior are highly dependent upon seasonal temperatures. The hedgehog is an endearing and unique creature due to its nocturnal nature and its habits of rolling into a ball and using its spines when threatened. To contribute to hedgehog protection by reporting sightings, visit The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) who are involved in a joint campaign focusing on surveying populations through the summer of 2012. For more hands- on conservation ideas, visit hedgehogstreet.orgTechnique: Watercolor and colored pencil
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. As an illustrator she has worked with a range of groups and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. Tamara has a BS and MS in Biology/Ecology and was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is a recent President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries and enjoys being involved in local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats as much as the creatures she illustrates inspire her.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their young daughter. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com