Robert Gillmor started his long career as an illustrator at the age of fifteen, with drawings for the monthly magazine British Birds. He illustrated the first of over 150 books in 1958 while an art student at Reading University. He was a founder member and later President of the Society of Wildlife Artists. In 1966 he was appointed Art Editor of the nine-volume Birds of the Western Palearctic. After moving to North Norfolk in 1998 he concentrated on printmaking and designing book jackets, including the Collins New Naturalist series. In 2010/11 he designed 42 stamps for the Royal Mail’s Post and Go service.