TO celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Manx Wildlife Trust is inviting you to a Nature Through the Arts event hosted by the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, at Government House, next Wednesday (March 20).
While enjoying a glass of wine and canapés, guests can admire wildlife-themed paintings and sculptures, some of which will be for sale, by well-known names in the island’s art world.
Catherine James, Nancy Corkish, David Byrne, Peter Lloyd-Davis, Ann Heath and Svetlana Cameron are among those exhibiting to raise valuable funds for the trust.
Island wildlife artist Dr Jeremy Paul – three times winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year award – has also donated a framed, original painting to be raffled on the evening.
Guests will also be entertained by island mezzo soprano Mandy Griffin who will be singing a selection of songs with a wildlife connection.
She will be accompanied on the piano by Gareth Moore who as the musical director of Sheeayn Millish and the Ballagarey Singers, is in great demand as an organist across the island.
Mr Wood said: ‘As patron of the Manx Wildlife Trust, I congratulate this hard-working, local nature conservation charity on reaching its 40th anniversary.
‘I have spent many tranquil, uplifting hours enjoying such sights as the orchids at Close Sartfield or the terns along the Ayres.
‘Thanks to the invaluable work carried out by the Manx Wildlife Trust, we can all hope that the island’s beautiful, natural environment will remain for future generations to enjoy.’
The Manx Nature Conservation Trust (which changed its name to the Manx Wildlife Trust in 2003) was formally established in March 1973, following a call to do more to protect Manx wildlife.
Since then the trust has gone from strength to strength, acquiring nature reserves, raising awareness of our natural environment and pushing government for better protection of the island’s habitats and species. The trust is currently actively managing 21 island reserves encompassing almost 280 acres of land. It is also committed to providing environmental education and raising awareness throughout the Manx community.
Celebrations to mark the trust’s historic milestone will begin with the Governor’s event and you are invited to to be a part of them in many different ways.
If you are an island resident turning 40 on March 20 you are eligible for a birthday present of a year’s free membership to the trust and a bottle of bubbly. And for expectant parents, if your baby is born that day you can claim a year’s free family membership and a bottle of bubbly.
Also throughout the year, the trust will be encouraging members of the public to experience nature for themselves and to do their bit through the 40 Wild Things challenge.
Over the year, you can tick off basking shark spotting, recycling, rockpooling and building a bird box, to name just a few. Handy events to help you along the way include a Spring Walk at 2pm on April 3, at Cooildarry.
The trust is also inviting you to send them photos of you completing the challenge in return for a chance to win a prize.
Another way to support the charity is through membership subscriptions. Members benefit from the knowledge that they are helping to protect the island’s wildlife for future generations. They also receive the Manx Nature magazine three times a year, Natural World magazine three times a year and a 5 per cent discount on trust goods.
Tickets for the Nature Through the Arts event, which will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, are limited.
They cost £25 and can be bought from the Manx Wildlife Trust shop at 7-8 Market Place, Peel.
For more information call the trust on 844432 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org