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British Rivers

British Rivers

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A hand-painted map of British rivers and some of the creatures that inhabit them.

My map of British Rivers is a painting celebrating  of some of our naturally occurring waterways. I've illustrated some the fabulous creatures that commonly inhabit British rivers, fish, birds, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates.

  • An original painting in watercolour, size 730mm x 520mm on 600gsm cotton rag paper
  • A2 size signed poster prints
  • Digital file for you to make a single print at a format and size of your choice
  • I also have tea towels and greetings cards of this painting

I have tried to fit as many rivers as I can onto a sheet of A1. But there were always going to be omissions. If your favourite local river is not on it – so sorry - I couldn't possibly get them all in!

Since human beings first settled down to an agricultural life, we have always preferred to live in river valleys, for obvious reasons.

Today more than half the world's population lives less than one hour from a river. I grew up in Stratford upon Avon where the river was always a source of great joy and interest to me. All those the water fowl, the little minnows, the boats, the wild plants, and that river smell - that you get when you're standing by a weir for example.

A fisherman's map

I took advice from my mad keen angler friend Martin Salter about which fish species to include. THANK YOU Martin for your sage advice. Although I must apologise ... I'm not quite sure how I managed to omit the mighty sea bass! Here are the fish species which are included:

  • Barbel, Bream, Brown Trout, Bullhead, Chub, Eel, Flounder, Grayling, Grey Mullet, Gudgeon, River Lamprey, Three Spined Stickleback, Perch, Pike ('Don’t tell ‘em!'), Roach, Rudd, Salmon, Shad, Sea Trout, Tench

Our fishy friends are joined by these birds:

  • Greylag goose, Great Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Osprey, Kingfisher, Kittiwake, Dipper, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen

Not forgetting the mammals: Water Vole, Grey Seal, Beaver, Otter. Some invertibrates: Mayfly, Damselfly, Dragonfly, Great Diving Beetle. And a couple of amphibians: Common Frog and Great Crested Newt.

The boats shown are a Cornish lugger, a Humber sloop, a coracle, a punt, a river cruiser, a double kayak, and I couldn't resist including 'the Charlotte Rhodes' from my favourite TV series 'the Onedin Line', sailing out of Liverpool. Buildings include the Cruachan dam, a watermill, a windmill, and Willy Lot's cottage. I also had to include a few bridges: Humber Bridge, Second Severn Crossing, Ironbridge, Forth Rail Bridge.

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Typically, orders for physical products placed after 12pm on Friday, and on Saturday or Sunday will not be posted until Monday at the earliest. I use Royal Mail to dispatch your order.

If you have ordered multiple items, I will try to post everything together. Occasionally, this is not possible, in which case they will be dispatched in separate packages.

Digital files will typically be transferred to customers within 24 hours via email using WeTransfer, the file transfer website.

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