Party time- gallery and book launch!

The gallery is OPEN! We will be celebrating the opening of Rookwood, our new wildlife art gallery at Llanunwas, Solva and the publication (finally! – longest gestation period of any book) of African Raptors: a fieldguide by Bill Clark and Rob Davies with a launch event this Tuesday 12th March 2019. Doors open 5pm. All are welcome. 


The gallery will be showing the work of other artists and photographers and is designed to be a permanent outlet for artwork celebrating the natural history and wonderful landscapes of Pembrokeshire as well as further afield. Currently Rookwood is blessed with boat and beach scenes by Lia Pellegrini, landscapes and bird paintings by Paul MacDermot and the dramatic underwater photographs captured by marine biologist Dr Lou Luddington who has been helping develop the gallery with Rob. Our website features more work. Come and meet the artists and see their work on Tuesday 12th March.

African raptor guide

There are 52 colour plates in all featuring all 106 species of diurnal African raptors including Eurasian migrants.  Some 1200 figures on these have taken me 20 years to complete.  We also did the new range maps based on data in African Raptor Databank from mobile phones all over Africa.  Original plates will be on display and copies of the book which is published by Bloomsbury in the Helm Identification Guide Series.  Some 300 colour photos too of all those tricky African raptors!

The publication of the African raptor field guide marks the end of a story that began in Africa twenty years ago . Dr Rob Davies who has dedicated much of his life to conservation of wildlife in Africa and Wales set out to illustrate all of the birds of prey in Africa for a fieldguide with friend and co-author American Bill Clark.  In Africa you don’t just have a kestrel, a buzzard, a sparrowhawk.  There are 15 species of kestrels, 15 species of buzzards, 23 different kinds of hawks.  Then there are adults, sub-adults, juveniles.  There are males and females.  There are pale morphs, dark morphs and rufous.  And there are flying hawks and perched hawks.  This was a lot of work, some 52 colour plates with 1200 figures featuring all 106 of Africa’s diurnal birds of prey all bound together in a beautiful new book published by Bloomsbury.  The original plates for the book, prints and signed copies of the book will be on sale at Rookwood Gallery. 



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Caught in the rain

Quite separately Rob and I headed out along the coast on the same wintery afternoon. Rob was out for his run around the coast and back with Ketchup the dog and I had cadged a lift in to St David’s and was walking home to Solva via the coast path.

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Rookwood Studios gallery - opening soon!

Rookwood Studios is a gallery specialising in landscape and wildlife art.  Its home is a converted barn on a farm estate near the fishing village of Solva in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.  The gallery displays work representative of the rich natural heritage of the UK's only coastal national park but it features work by artists from field studies all over the world. Our is aim to display work which captures the essence of wild places. Soon to be open to the public, we haven’t set a launch date but edge closer, with many prints and originals now framed, mounted and labelled up. Some of our beautifully rustic ash signs have been installed with a final few waiting to be hung. All of Rob’s plates from the African raptors field guide by William S. Clark and Rob Davies have been framed and mounted. Featured below is plate no. 2, Bat Hawk and Honey Buzzards. Guest artists include Lia Pellegrini, Paul MacDermot and local underwater photographer Lou Luddington. Lou was recently awarded second place in the Pembrokeshire Wildlife Photography Competition hosted by the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum for her image “Cave of the blue jellyfish.” The coffee barista machine has been thoroughly tested with a range of different beans in readiness for our first customers. Watch this space for the opening…

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shearwater release

this little chap we found outside the cinema in Carmarthen last night.  blown well off course in the storms. known as a wreck