Sandbank Ecosystem Illustrations for Natural England
Sandbank Ecosystem Illustrations
For Natural England
Natural England protect and improve our natural environment and encourage people to get out and enjoy Englands wonderful surroundings.They wanted to let people know about an amazing area some miles off the coast from Morecambe Bay and hidden underwater, known as Shell Flat. This is a sandbank which plays host to hundreds of interesting, unusual and exotic looking species.

As an incredibly valuable part of the ecosystem, sandbanks get little attention and so Natural England wanted to show people the life that they contain as well as highlighting the importance of such habitats as nursery grounds for commercial fish. This comes alongside a proposal to protect Shell Flat as a Special Area of Conservation.

We decided on a number of the most important or unusual species to be illustrated in quite a detailed style so people could see what they really look like, but to also be engaging and interesting, not like a dry, biological drawing.
We also worked on putting them together into some designs that could communicate various aspects of the sandbank and the relationships between the animals. Natural England wanted to have resources that they could use to inform the general public along with fishermen and other industries that worked in the area.Drawing all the animals together and placing them in their natural environment on a large poster, we showed how they interact with each other, which eat which, and all the vital statistics. The leaflet then gave room for more detailed information about each animal.

And Natural England were really happy with the results:
Hannah ran with our proposal to provide a creative and beautiful product that surpassed our initial ideas. She was clear, organised and responsive throughout the project, making her a delight to work with. We were impressed from the outset with her management and quick turnaround of results, and most importantly we are delighted with the illustrations.
Rebecca Kind, NATURAL ENGLAND
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Natural England wanted to highlight the importance of sandbank habitats in Morecambe Bay and the North West. These illustrations were created to Read More
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