This shot of a male Wild Boar in the Forest of Dean was taken back in March this year, and was my entry to the BWPA awards, for which it was shortlisted in the portraits category. I knew the kind of shot I wanted, but needed to get extremely close and wide to achieve it.
The Yellow-necked Mouse is very difficult to distinguish from the Wood Mouse, but has a characteristic yellowish collar around its neck. It is restricted to the south and south-west of England and parts of Wales.
Male Nightjar ‘259’, shortly after having been radio-tagged in the Forest of Dean.
The amazingly well camouflaged Buff-tip Moth.
I can’t imagine how many time I’ve inadvertently flushed a Woodcock whilst walking the Forest. It’s one of those species that’s very easy to get close to accidentally, but you tend not to realise until it’s too late and the bird flies. This one happened to fly in to the Nightjar nets this week, offering a opportunity to get a close-up look at this crepuscular wader.
The return of the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary is something I look forward to every year. It’s our least common butterfly in the Forest of Dean, and isn’t widespread in the region, but conservation efforts designed to increase the amount of suitable habitat might one day help to change that.
We’re fortunate that the Forest of Dean is still home to this species, which is in long term decline. For some reason the local population seems to have emerged rather later this year than other populations in the country, unless I’ve simply been unlucky until now. This one was photographed on the 29th May.