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Bad Bird Craft - When she was 5 years old, her mother, a wedding dressmaker, gave Claire an old, broken tiara to play with. After leaving it outside, she watched as a magpie swooped down and stole it - that began a life long love affair with these mischievous 'bad birds'.

Bad Bird Craft is Claire McDowell, a wildlife artist, from Coleraine on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Inspired on a daily basis by the stunning wildlife found on our coastline, rivers and woods, Claire believes that being in nature is one of the best things we can do for our wellbeing.

Bad Bird illustrations take up to 40 hours of finely detailed rendering, working mainly with colour pencils, and inks, and are based on beloved Irish wildlife.