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Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta. This print is one of a set of three linocuts inspired by visits to the RSPB Minsmere reserve in Suffolk.

The avocet has become an iconic symbol for bird conservation in the UK – extinct in the early part of the 20th Century, it returned in the 1940s to the east coast and has now spread to 1500 breeding pairs nationally, with 7,500 birds overwintering.

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