Wetlands and rivers
The UK’s freshwater wetlands and waterways range from small ponds and trickling streams to gushing rivers and massive reservoirs. From the River Severn to the Norfolk Broads, the Scottish lochs to the ponds of our back gardens, with such a variety of habitats, it’s no wonder that these areas support a diverse range of plants and animals
Otter's tales along the river bankThe otter is very territorial and solitary. Dog otters and bitches with cubs keep to their own separate territories typically along the riverbank which they defend aggressively. Mum was very close to her cub when I took this portrait quite unperturbed my presence.
White sailAn overcast morning on the fens, but nonetheless a break in the cloud frames an egret as it feeds in the shallows.
Hidden worldsWater voles have undergone one of the most serious declines of any wild mammal in Britain due to degradation of local habitats. But this is one of a series of images of a small colony of voles situated by a stream very close to home.
BlueA winters' morning and soft diffused light frames this Mute Swan as it preens itself on the lake.
Misty morningsA solitary Great Crested Grebe enters right of frame as the morning mist clings to the waters' surface.
Careful stepsAn otter cub ventures forth as it forages along the riverbank on the Little Ouse, Suffolk.
Featured image in the 2019 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) compendium, published by Ammonite Press.