Wildlife publisher gets Royal approval
Wildlife artist and greeting card publisher Robert E Fuller met HRH Princess Anne at the House of Lords for a celebration of conservation efforts in South Georgia.
Mr Fuller, of publishing firm The Robert Fuller Gallery, has long campaigned for the preservation of South Georgia’s unique bird colonies.
After visiting the Antarctic island in 2007, he raised more than £9,000 for Save the Albatross in an auction of his limited edition prints. A series of greeting card designs taken from paintings of penguins he developed after the visit remain among the Robert Fuller Gallery’s bestsellers.
Hosted by Baroness Young of Old Scone, the event marked early success in a campaign by the South Georgia Heritage Trust to eradicate rats from the Antarctic island.
An ambitious project, it aims to eliminate the entire rat population from South Georgia. Rats have had a devastating impact on ground nesting birds since they first arrived on the ships of sealers and whalers in the 19th and 20th century.
“I have followed the project with interest and so I was delighted when I was invited to celebrate its success,” said Mr Fuller.
“It was exciting to meet HRH Princess Anne too. She was very interested to learn that I am an artist.”