“Unless children can be encouraged to observe the beauty of the natural world, they are never going to care for its conservation”.
– David Attenborough
– David Attenborough
Lynette Merrick is somewhat of a veteran of the ecological industry – with a career that has spanned some forty years, beginning as a primary school teacher, then managing a Field Studies Centre for Hertfordshire County Council followed by an MSc in Conservation at University College London. Following her studies Lynette set up The Ecology & Conservation Centre near Saffron Walden, Hertfordshire from where she provided Field Studies for local schools.
Seeing a gap in the market for British wildlife identification resources, she set up Gatekeeper Educational. Her focus revolved around providing schools, nature reserves and the general public with British Wildlife resources that balanced beauty, with scientifically accurate facts. The result of which has been nearly 1,000 painstakingly hand painted British wildlife illustrations which form the core of the guides.
Lynette is still very much involved in ecological education and provides workshops and teacher training days for The Association for Science Education and Colleges. She also produces wildlife sculptures, all shown within their specific habitats, illustrating their place in the natural world. She lives in Sussex and spends her spare time managing a small mixed leaf woodland to encourage local wildlife and rare plant species.
LM Licensing is a proudly family run company. At the helm of LM Licensing is Rachel Merrick, Lynette’s daughter, who arrives with a wealth of experience and knowledge from a varied career spanning some three decades. Rachel started her professional life as a cardiology nurse, from which she progressed to business development in pharmaceutical drug development. For the last 13 years Rachel has ran her own successful landscape design business, with her clients benefiting from Rachel’s passion for nature.
Throughout her company’s history have been projects brought to beautiful life, each as sympathetic as the last to the wildlife found within British gardens. A particular signature creation of Rachel’s has been innumerable wild flower meadows.
Rachel was the driving force behind LM Licensing’s humble beginnings, as she recognised the potential in Lynette’s library of British wildlife illustrations – and with that, ‘Wonderful Wildlife’ and LM licensing was born.