I started sculpting in 2014 and so far have specialised in bronzes of woodcock. This was to help fund my work ringing (banding) and tagging of woodcock in order to study their population dynamics. This is work which I have been involved in since I established the Woodcock Network which is an organisation dedicated to increasing the number of woodcock ringed in the UK so that we can learn more about this secretive and under researched species.
Apart from owning a unique bronze of a woodcock made by the person who has caught over 1700 in the past 8 years, each purchase of one of my bronzes will also fund a small tag. This is a 'geo-locator', also described as a passive tag, that stores information on daylight length from which we can establish its location for the duration of its battery life, this is normally about 18 months. In order to access this data the tag has to be recovered from the bird, normally through it being re-captured on my study site. Wherever possible the buyer of the bronze is invited to join me in fitting their tag giving them a unique and close up experience with a live woodcock.
Each bronze comes with a limited edition book that catalogues the owners name, the edition number of their particular bronze, and the reference number for their tag. Should their tag be recovered at a later date they will be sent a supplementary map to go in their book showing the migration journey that their woodcock has made.