Above: original watercolour paintings by Eric Peake. His artwork has raised outstanding amounts of money for parrot conservation, including £15,500 for the Spix’s Macaw Recovery Project, and further funds for the Loro Parque Foundation and the Loridaee Society, USA


FORMER BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY (BS) president Eric Peake has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2020.

On October 10, Welsh bird artist Mr Peake, 80, received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to art and ornithological conservation.

Her Majesty’s list annually recognises the outstanding achievements of people in the UK, which have a long-term impact.

Mr Peake, who has worked as a professional bird artist since 1975, said: “I am truly humbled to have been nominated for this great honour and very proud to receive the MBE from Her Majesty The Queen in recognition of my life’s work, and contributions to art and ornithology.”

He continued: “My focus has always been that extinction is forever. A very proud moment, indeed!”

Through his artwork, Mr Peake has raised some £315,000 for international projects, with a focus on the conservation, research and rehabilitation of bird species. His early paintings were of British birds and birds in captivity, but since 1984 he turned his attention to parrot species.

Working in conjunction with Loro Parque in Tenerife, Mr Peake has helped to highlight the plight of the Spix’s macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), and his original painting Spix’s Macaws became the logo for the Loro Parque Foundation.

As a budgerigar breeder, exhibitor and former BS president, Mr Peake painted the society’s pictorial ideals in 1980 and also 2000, which were referred to until 2008, as well as the colour plate paintings used in the 1994 Colour Standards booklet. 

Grant Findlay, administrator for the BS, commented: “Eric is a honorary life member, having joined in 1956, and has been a great servant to the society over these years. The BS is delighted that our former president has been awarded the MBE.”

Normally, the Queen’s Birthday Honours list would have been revealed in June, but the announcement was delayed in order to recognise key workers’ efforts towards this year’s pandemic. Mr Peake’s nomination was made anonymously.

Read more about Eric Peake on his website: www.ericpeake.co.uk

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