Pulborough youngster shows wildlife artistic flair with Redshank picture

Pulborough competition James Newland
Pulborough competition James Newland

A SIX year old from Pulborough has won an award for his creative drawing skills.

James Newland won in the under 8s category of the RSPB’s wild art competition with his drawing of a Redshank bird.

Launched through the junior membership of the RSPB Wildlife Explorers, the wild art event celebrates the best drawings of wildlife by children.

James said: “I like to go to Pulborough Brooks and love drawing what I have seen.”

He added that after coming back from a day out at Pulborough Brooks he wanted to draw a bird for the competition, and after looking in his bird book chose a Redshank.

All the winners received art vouchers and each of those who won their age category will get to spend the day with top wildlife artist, Peter Partington.

James was said to be particularly excited when he opened the post from RSPB and to see that his drawing had been commended and was to be featured in the RSPB’s youth magazine Wild Times.

Sophie McCallum, RSPB south east communications manager, said: “The competition really encourages children to explore art and nature.

“Getting them interested at a young age is really important and joining a Wildlife Explorer Group is a great way for them to learn and also get outside and experience nature.”

To find out more about activities for children in the area simply visit the website address: www.rspb.org.uk/youth.