The Elk

These images were taken at the Bison Center near Mere,Wiltshire,U.K.

The Bison Center is a wildlife park that concentrates on native American species which include Elk which is very similar to our native Red deer found here in the U.K.

Yellowstone Park is on my bucket list,but for now being able to photograph these impressive mammels in a spacious natural surrounding was a treat.

Wapiti is the native American word for Elk which means light coloured deer.Their lifespan in the wild is 8-12 years and a bull can grow to 500kg

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Rescued Hedgehogs

These two Hedgehogs were rescued and cared for by the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital.They were rescued from a garden during the daylight hours,and were underweight.They would have not survived the hibernation period.Since these images were taken they are both doing well.

Myself and my partner do voluntary work in our spare time for the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital based in Newton Toney near Amesbury.

Mike and Marilyn run the hospital with a host of volunteers,and give all their time rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured wild mammals and birds.This time of year is particularly busy with underweight Hedgehogs as its hibernation time and only the strongest will survive.

The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital has well over 100 sick and injured  Hedgehogs at the moment,in which Mike and Marilyn work all hours keeping them fed,medicated and sheltered over the long British winter before the spring.

With very little funding,relying on mostly donations from the general public Mike and Marilyn are true heroes in which i have the utmost admiration and respect for.Without them and others the world would be a worse place for all wildlife.

According to the people’s trust for endangered species P.T.E.S. hedgehog numbers have declined this century by nearly 40% in towns and cities and nearly as much in the countryside due to loss of habitat,pestisides reducing earthworm numbers,also slug pellets,rat poisons used in our gardens without thought.Rule of thumb,if you have hedgehogs in your garden do not use them.Give nature a chance,otherwise in the years to come our hedgehogs will only feature in a child’s bedtime story.

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The Mill Haven Cub

These images were taken back in June on my annual pilgrimage to Pembrokeshire looking for my favorite British species the elusive country red fox.This year was particularly  difficult due to the bad weather when i was there,but it did not deter me as my passion for this beautiful animal drove me on.With time running out and only the occasional dog fox spotted from a distance out of camera range i was beginning to lose hope.Then out of the blue a local farmer on the lower Broadmoor dairy farm informed me that he had seen fox cubs drinking from a cattle trough and to look there.After investigating the area i noticed fox scat and remains of a sea gull on this farm track between two fields.I then prepared a natural hide in which i was lying amongst  bracken 3.ft high, alongside this path with my camera nestled on my beanbag.This was not ideal as a photography point of view with the sun in my face and also on a slight gradient,but what the heck this is wildlife not a zoo.The sun was setting at 9.pm so i got down there at 6.pm poured myself a coffee and waited.It was around 7.45 when i first noticed the tops of those triangle ears and quietly punched the air in delight.As i had put down cocktail sausages and pizza scraps the cub could not resist,even though shy at first soon set about these tasty treats.This beautiful little fox knew i was there by the sound of my shutter but over those golden 15.mins knew i was no threat,and even sat with his back to me eating pizza.When he had eaten every last morsel he headed towards the gate out of my view.I then broke cover and was about to head back when i noticed this little cub sat there looking at me from the edge of this track.We stood looking at each other for a few seconds until he finally turned around and disappeared into the bracken.This was an overwhelming experience that brought tears to my eyes.I would like to say when you look at these images that there are people out there that take great pleasure to watch dogs rip them apart in what they call ” SPORT “.Even though this barbaric,senseless,inhumane and cruel event is currently banned there are people who are trying to reintroduce this vile act of fox hunting back into our countryside,even though 85% of the people are against it.I hope our government supports the majority of people in this country and that the 15% that agree with it take a long hard look at themselves,the people that call ripping an animal apart alive “SPORT”

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The Tamar Otters

These photographs were taken at the Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre near Launceston Cornwall England.The wildlife centre concentrates on rescuing injured and abandoned otters,with the aim of rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild.I was shown round after all the visitors had left which was an amazing privilege for me to spend some quality time with these incredible intelligent animals.It is great to know that otters are now on the increase in the U.K since the banning of hunting them which was totally barbaric.I have yet to see them in the wild as they are very secretive,also rarely seen during the daylight hours,but i am an optimist and with more and more daylight sightings i hope to get a glimpse sooner or later of these powerful aquatic mammels.

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Dyrham Deer

Dyrham deer park is situated between Bath and Bristol in the United Kingdom. It is set in over 270 acres of beautiful grounds and woodland, and is owned and managed by the National Trust.Dyrham parks name originates from the Saxon word for deer,and is home to over 200 wild fallow deer.It took me a while to locate these deer,but because the weather was warm i knew i could find them in a cool woody area.Such Graceful beautiful animals.

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Chance Meetings

Badgers are one of the most iconic mammals in the UK.They are predominantly nocturnal but sometimes can be seen at dusk.The three badgers i have photographed here were chance meetings, infact i stumbled upon them foraging totally unprepared with only seconds to react before they disappeared into scrub.Because their eyesight is poor i had a few seconds to depress my shutter,and with poor light it was with more hope than judgement.Unfortunately due to the British Governments  controversial badger cull in the UK  which many people including myself are opposed to i can not tell you where they were taken, but i hope you will like them.

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The Talbenny Fox

During cubbing season i spent the most incredible and emotional week with my favorite species the British Red Fox.I was staying in a holiday cottage where my fiancee spent most of her holidays as a child and fell in love with this beautiful part of Pembrokeshire,Talbenny.The adjacent land belonged to a local farmer Russell and his wife Debbie. The valley they own was high in bracken with clearings the cows had grazed, with a stream running at the bottom,just the right place a fox would rear its young cubs.All i needed was permission to investigate. Russell and Debbie could not have been more obliging  and just warned me there was a small herd of cows down there.My first evening i  investigated  the area,found a den;found somewhere i could build a natural hide downwind.The next evening i thew out a few cocktail sausages near my hide in some scrub,set my camera up with an iso of 1600 on a fairly long focal length and waited.It was around 7pm when i first encountered the vixen on her own,very wary at first but still enjoyed eating the sausages i threw out.The second night i was introduced to three beautiful cubs.In the subsequent evenings i had gained their trust.By the end of the week mother and cubs were within six feet of me,and on my final night put my camera down and marveled  at these incredible,beautiful animals that grace our countryside.This for me goes down as the most uplifting,unforgettable animal interactions in my life.A huge thankyou to Russell and Debbie,without them i would never had this story to tell you. I will never forget the Talbenny fox.

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Wildlife of Lundy

Lundy is a tiny island,one and a half miles wide,three miles in length.It lies off the north coast of Devon where the Bristol channel meets the Atlantic.I spent one week on this diverse yet beautiful island and captured some of the wildlife it had to offer,which included,Grey seals,rare wild soay sheep and their mighty leader WINGNUT,spot him in my images!Rabbits,different bird species,and also Silka deer.For you camera techs i used a low f stop and spot metered my subjects.i hope you enjoy,thankyou for viewingImage00001Image00002Image00003Image00004Image00005Image00006Image00007Image00008Image00009Image00010Image00011Image00012Image00013Image00014Image00015Image00016Image00017Image00018Image00019Image00020