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 Peak
The 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 time
Cemeteries provide good habitat for foxes. Many days were spent with this vixen over the summer months as she raised her young.
Totum
The warmth of the morning light is all around and a dominant Stag stirs.
Under the woodland canopy
A captive Goshawk photographed in private woodland. A very shallow depth of field is used here to isolate my subject.
Free lunch
A red fox senses an opportunity for a free lunch as he tentatively approaches the hide.
Trouble and strife
Red legged partridge crossing the road in and around the Lavenham fields.
Selected category winner, 'Comedy' - 2018 Suffolk Wildlife Trust Photographic Awards.
Under the woodland canopy
A Fallow buck seeks shelter under ancient oak as the rain descends.
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 bonds
Over 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 Energy
Fallow 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.
Winter's morn
Winter time in the Lavenham fields and a Barn owl comes to rest to survey the scene.
Meadowland
Spring 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.
Casual observer
The sun sets over the fields at Orford Ness and a Common Buzzard surveys the scene.
Late summer easy
We often take game birds for granted; but I was just swept away how the morning light accentuated the rich colours of this Pheasant.
Echos
Echos of a Stag reverberate in the woodland canopy.
Dawn Hunt
A hunting Barn Owl returns with it's prey to feed the hungry chicks in an old nissen hut.
Maternal bond
June is possibly the best month of the year to observe cubs at play & they will have a "safe" area close to the "earth". Mum takes time out here with her cub in the meadow of the cemetery. By September the cubs will venture forth to establish their own territory.
Watchful eye
The Tawny is perhaps one of my favourite owls to photograph indigineous to the UK; and I just love the contrasting colours in this shot together with his distant gaze.
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