A picture paints a thousand words, or so they say; but what about a picture made of words?
Earlier in the year I posted a blog titled Those Thought Provoking Hen Harriers. That blog captured the thoughts and feelings people had when they first saw a Hen Harrier (and it's well worth another read).
What you don't know from the blog is that I also asked those people for the first word that came into their head when I said the words "Hen Harrier". I asked the question on twitter too and received over 150 words from a broad range of people. A massive thank you of course to all those people who took part.
Those words were so powerful and a picture started to form in my head, and this is the image it led to. All the words forming the very bird itself:
And what an interesting picture it paints. The largest words are the ones that were said the most. I couldn't let these words go to waste of course, I had to find a way to use them.....in fact a way for all of us to use them.
So I have 250 cards ready to send out to anyone who wants one (or two or more). The front of the cards look like this:
This inside of the card has this message:
I don't want any money for them, all I want is for the Hen Harrier story to keep being told and for awareness to build. So if you would like a card to send to a group or individual, then please email me your address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you some cards.
If they all get used up, I will happily get more printed. You must of course add you own message in the card and talk about how you feel about just 3 successful breeding Hen Harrier pairs in England this year.
So who would you send them to; MPs, landowners, NT estates, upland estates, parish councils, rural police groups......the list goes on.
The picture will only turn more positive if we all keep the pressure for change building.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday