Judith Reece 2018

PERCY HOUSE GALLERY 38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth

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New layered textiles by Judith Reece have just arrived in Percy House.

Judith is fascinated by nature’s colours and textures using these as influences when dyeing and printing her fabrics.

She creates a huge range of shades on using many different types of fabric, for each piece of work. These are layered, stitched and then cut, torn or burnt back to different degrees to allow the subtleties of colour changes to emerge.

Alongside Judith’s work we have new oils by Geoffrey Smith, jewellery, scarves and textiles with a range of bronze resin hares, all of which are suitable for the home or garden.

Main: Blooming by Judith Reece Inset: Three Small Hares by Suzie Marsh

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Of the six reptile species native to the UK, we in Cumbria are lucky enough to have four. Two snakes: the grass snake and adder and two lizards: the viviparous (common) lizard and the slow-worm. All of these species hibernate for up to five months and cram the rest of their lives into our short summer.

You are most likely to see a lizard on a hot day, sunning itself on a rock or other flat surface – I was once lucky enough to see a female and two young on a bench just outside Ulverston. Being cold-blooded, they are dependent on the heat of the sun to warm them up so that they can function properly: if they are not warm enough, not only will they be sluggish but will also take much longer to digest their food. Lizards feed on small insects, beetles and spiders; when they catch their prey, they shake it to death before eating it.

They can grow up to 18cm (including the tail) and are generally olive or tan coloured; you can tell the females because they have a dark stripe along their back. A male will hold the female in his mouth when mating and if she is not interested, she’ll simply whip round and bite him!

Lizards can detach their tail if they are attacked and although it will grow back, it takes a lot of resources (energy and food) and the replacement will never be as long or the same colour as the original. When it detaches, it continues to wriggle for a while, so distracting the predator while the lizard itself escapes.

Slow-worms on the other hand spend much more of their lives underground and are actually evolved from lizards. They are much larger and can grow to as much as 50cm long. When above ground, they prefer lush damp places like long grass; they eat spiders and slugs and actually have teeth to hold onto their prey!

So, next time we have one of our hot days and you feel like a lazy afternoon, why not pay a visit to Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves at Foulshaw Moss (Witherslack), Drumburgh Moss (Carlisle) or Burns Beck Moss (Sedbergh) and see if you can spot some of Cumbria’s reptilian treasures?

Photo: Common Lizard by Tom Marshall

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