|Great Crested and Smooth Newts|
“The aim of Great Crafted Newts is to raise awareness about these inspiring little creatures,” explains Laura Brady from Froglife. “Arts and crafts are a great way to learn more about the animals and their lifecycles, and the competition is also raising funds to help us continue our work protecting newts and other amphibians. We’ve kept the categories as open as possible to encourage newt makers from all backgrounds!”
So, you can enter your newt in the following categories:
• Great Cuddly Newts: including sewn, knitted or crocheted newts, and any other soft, 3-dimensional newts.
• Baked Crested Newts: biscuits, cookies and cakes.
• The Model Newt: 3-dimensional newts made from any kind of hard sculptural materials including clay, metal work, card, papier mache, wood etc.
• 2D Newts: any kind of 2-dimensional creations including textiles such as Great Cross Stitched Newts, tapestry, embroidery, plus paper based creations such as paintings, prints etc.
• Accessories: wearable newts, including badges, hats, jewellery, bags.
And there are also 3 age brackets in each category: Under 12s, 12-18 and over 18 year olds.
“We’ve got some inspiring judges involved including artists, writers and ecologists, and some great prizes, including goodies from Cath Kidson, books and the chance to have your design made into a toy or a card,” adds Laura.
|A Knitted Newt by Dr Sara Collins|
• Visit the Froglife website to find out more about Great Crafted Newts and enter the competition here
• Find out more about real newts and their lifecycles here in our Newts for Beginners Croak
• Support out work conserving newts and other wildlife by becoming a Froglife Friend here
Thanks to Mint Publishing, Pebble Hathay Bunano, Knit Today, Knit Now, Brandon Ballangee, Cath Kidson and all the other supporters of Great Crafted Newts
Photos: Dave Kilbey and Dr Sara Collins