Thursday 1st January 1970
R.S.P.B. NATURE RESERVES 1980-90s
In the late 1980s and through the first few years of the 1990s the R.S.P.B. (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) saw a rise in visitors to their developing Nature Reserves. Souvenirs were a good way of raising funds and awareness of their excellent work. A series of souvenir badges was produced by the company using the name 'English Life' (although on the Loch Garten design the name 'Pilgrim Press' appears in the same style lettering-seemingly either the same company or closely related) The badges are all 38mm designs and have solid plastic backs with safety pin fittings manufactured by Sanders of Bromsgrove. They are a strikng set of designs using the birds often in dramatic pose. At least ten are known as shown in the main image.
Several other badges exist from the same era which are not marked as English Life. Pleasing as these designs are they are not in the same class as the English Life series-four of these designs are shown below.
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