Parks and farmland
Farms and parks provide a patchwork of fields, managed by tilling and ploughing, grazing, sowing and harvesting since the stone age. Despite being heavily managed, it's still an important wildlife and plant habitat, particularly along its margins which are less worked. Modern, intensive farming methods led to a decline in many species from this habitat. However, measures such as reinstating ponds, meadows and hedgerows, alongside a return to more traditional practices, are helping restore a balance that benefits both wildlife and food production.
Shadows on the Dark PeakThe Dark Peak is famed for its desolate and exposed tracts of moorland, but on this occasion the weather was kind whilst on the trail for mountain hares. They're white coats offer perfect camouflage in the snow so they are particularly hard to spot.
This particular image was highly commended in the 2018 (BWPA) British Wildlife Photography Awards.
Slow timeCemeteries provide good habitat for foxes. Many days were spent with this vixen over the summer months as she raised her young.
Under the woodland canopyA captive Goshawk photographed in private woodland. A very shallow depth of field is used here to isolate my subject.
Trouble and strifeRed legged partridge crossing the road in and around the Lavenham fields.
Selected category winner, 'Comedy' - 2018 Suffolk Wildlife Trust Photographic Awards.
Capulets and Montagues"Capulets and Montagues vie for a bounty as boundless as the sea"....High drama in the Suffolk fields as hares box for dominance and the affections of their prospective mate.
Maternal bondsOver many days and hours spent with this vixen and her cubs she became totally at ease with my presence. An intimate moment here which perhaps captures that maternal bond with her cub as it makes an initial foray from the den.
Kinetic EnergyFallow deer rut in the forest clearing on a winter's morning at first light. I chose a slow shutter speed of 1/25 sec at F2.8 / 400mm to accentuate the drama and movement of the bucks in this image. A simple conversion to monochrome completes the scene.
MeadowlandSpring is such a fantastic time of year and this little fella was playing with his brothers and sisters close to their warren in a sea of yellow flowers in the Lavenham meadows.
Selected category winner, 'On your doorstep' - 2017 Suffolk Wildlife Trust Photographic Awards.