Sometimes it can be quite difficult to explain the conservation and wildlife disease research we are involved in to someone who has never had the opportunity to be a part of it.
Good images can make the work much more accessible to anyone interested in it. Creating a meaningful image needs quite a lot of skill though, not something you can easily achieve on the side of doing your research work. Sometimes you really wish, you had a professional photographer at hand.
Last year Rebecca Witt, at the time a Marine and Natural History Photography student at Falmouth University contacted us, while she was working on her dissertation portfolio. She had chosen Red Squirrel Conservation in the UK as her topic and was looking for research and conservation projects that she could visit and use to illustrate the work that is being done.
She visited a range of projects and came to see our squirrel leprosy work in spring this year.
Her dissertation is now complete and her work and that of other students will be displayed at the Paintworks Event Space in Bristol from June 12th to 16th 2018.
The students worked on a range of different topics and it promises to be a very interesting exhibition! For more information visit the ORBIS exhibition website or visit the exhibition in Bristol and see for yourself what images can do in explaining conservation work and research.