Jane Russ lives in West Wiltshire and as well as being Secretary of The Hare Preservation Trust is also a Westbury Town Councillor and recycling innovator for the town. Jane is also a print maker and does the artwork for all her end papers.
The Hare Book was published in May 2015 and at that stage, it was just a project funded by the HPT and Jane thought it would end there. However, with its unique insight into the nature, myth and legend and art and literature of this iconic animal, together with a detailing of the work of HPT, it became and still is, very popular and prompted Graffeg to commission Jane to write The Fox Book.
The Fox Book (March 2017) featured the work of The Fox Project that helps injured foxes and this too, covering the same format as the earlier work, became a favourite with readers of wildlife titles. The third book in what had become the ‘British Wildlife Series’, was The Owl Book (April 2018) it was a real labour of love covering as it did all owls considered ‘native’ (seven), with details of breeding, lifespan and threats. Myth and legend and art and literature were in there too and the featured owl charity was the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.
The most recent work published in October 2018 was The Red Squirrel Book. The book is a wonderful insight into the frantically driven life of the red squirrel and, like the other books in the series, has proved very popular. The Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership was highlighted in this book and their wonderful work reintroducing the red squirrel to Mid Wales.
Jane is currently working on The Robin Book which will be published in October 2019 and she is also now series editing titles written by other authors; The Bee Book by Jo Byrne will be out in May.