The Last Skydancer, Forest of Bowland. Limited edition print.


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Limited edition prints are printed on demand. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

This limited edition Giclee print is a high quality reproduction of an oil painting showing a hen harrier, or Skydancer, as they are sometimes called, gliding over the fells on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland.

These prints are generated from a high resolution digital scan and are printed on 310 gsm fine art paper. The Giclee printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction and archival quality inks ensure that the prints will not fade over time.

The image measures 36 x 24 cm.  It is supplied in a 5 cm wide ivory mount and is ready to frame. Please advise if you would like a different width or colour of border.

A note about the painting

Hen harriers are now all but extinct in England due largely to persecution on grouse moors. Hen harriers love to eat grouse, so are shot by gamekeepers protecting grouse for the shooting season. The Forest of Bowland used to be a stronghold of the hen harrier, but in recent years their numbers have plummeted – from 15 pairs in 2005 to effective extinction by 2015.

Despite living on the edge of the Bowland Fells, the closest I have ever come to seeing a hen harrier is on the Forest of Bowland road signs, a fact which deeply saddens me. Perhaps it is therefore somewhat ‘cheating’ to paint one. Nonetheless, I hope very much that this painting is mis-named and that one day I might see a live Skydancer gliding above the moorland. I painted The Last Skydancer in memory of Hope and Sky, two of the young hen harriers who went missing in autumn 2014. I raised over £300 for the charity Birders Against Wildlife Crime through sales of this print in 2015 and 2016.

Weight 469 g
Dimensions 51 × 38 cm