Awareness raising

Interpretive display on alien species

It is a common sight that birds eat berries in a garden bush. Sometimes, specific plants are even planted for this purpose. But, it is not entirely innocent. When the bushes are alien species, those birds can carry away seeds in their intestines and effectively spread the plants into the natural environment. Gardens are not isolated ecosystems and what we plant there, may influence the ecosystem at quite large distances.

I made these illustrations in the framework of project LIFE ARTEMIS, see the website for more information. They were printed on an information table, which is standing in the landscape park Tivoli, Rožnik and Šiška hill in Ljubljana. The originals are vector drawings, which I love for their simplicity and clarity. They depict a European blackbird, Turdus merula, eating fruits and subsequently spreading seeds of Japanese berberis, Berberis thunbergii. When you look carefully in the landscape park, you will indeed find seedlings of this common garden plant, which have sprouted from seeds which were carried in birds’ intestines …