Lucy Jarvis is a British artist, photographer and environmental activist. Jarvis’ work aims to draw on the engaging practice of being present within the world and deals with rewilding, permaculture, ecological anthropology, and journeys with a particular interest in conservation land management and enclosures. Her work draws on a multifaceted approach to observation and documentation.
Spring Calling navigates a compulsive nature to control and manage the land as a result of the detrimental impact to it caused by permanent land use. The work focuses on a beaver rewilding project as well as two areas of managed coppiced woodland.
In 2019 two European beavers were re-introduced to Spains Hall Estate in Essex as part of the Slow the Flow Finchingfield programme. The re-introduction sees the beaver: A natural coppicer, reintroduced to a native habitat after being hunted to extinction 400 years ago.
Coppicing, an ancient woodland management method is carried out by human workforce. A method that has been re-employed in Pound Wood to support the re-introduction of the rare Heath Fritillary butterfly, in an attempt to conserve its population.
Within the sequence of photographs, empty moth traps are presented within the landscape, photographed out of season the obtrusive constructions dominate the landscape in which a variety of species ought to be present.