Water voles are in trouble, they are our fastest declining mammal. In the 1980’s and 90’s they suffered a catastrophic 90% drop in their population, largely due to the spread of American mink, which were introduced into our countryside through illegal releases or escapes from fur farms.
The “Glorious Twelfth a day that marks the start of the grouse shooting season. To reach this point our uplands have been emptied of wildlife through illegal persecution. Leaving Red Grouse that will be forced from the ground by beaters, talking off in a blind panic and blasted out of the sky for sport by paid shooters.
Each year I look forward to the Pied Flycatchers and Redstart’s arriving from North Africa. Those that follow my blog will know each summer I try to photograph both of these species in the Peak District National Park.
The Peak District National Park is a popular breeding site for the Ring Ouzel. A beautiful bird that is part of the Thrush family; Turdus torquatus. In Britain they are of high conservation concern and are classified as Red Listed due to their population decline in the last forty years.
I always work on my own projects throughout the year. These provide me with images that I can send to my photo & press agencies. They also help me to find species and run some of my one to ones and workshops.