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 Wildlife and Nature of the Three Counties

The three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire are all home to beautiful countryside and important wildlife sites and species. Listed below are some internet resources to help to explore the natural life of the three counties.

Wildlife Photography

DJS Photography www.djsphotography.co.uk/

This is David J. Slater's website, with his galleries of stunning images, many from his home area in the forest of Dean. David's photographs are notable, not only as images of British wildlife (and some from his travels abroad), but as technical and artistic achievements. Take a look, especially at the shots of wild boar in the Forest of Dean. DJS is passionate about conserving these beautiful creatures in the face of some opposition (see his news section).


 

Wildlife Imaging www.wildlife-imaging.co.uk/

Chris Grady is a Hereford based photographer who has set himself the task of getting high quality images of as many birds and other UK wildlife as he can. His site includes bird, plant, animal and insect galleries, as well as images from his foreign travels. These are beautiful photographs and if you've only ever caught a fleeting glimpse of that bird or butterfly here is your chance to see clear details - like having a field guide but with artistry. Chris give details of the equipment he uses, and also has a list of useful links.

Kingfisher by Chris Grady

 

Paul Master's Birding Diary paulsbirdingdiary.blogspot.com

Paul's blog is so much more. Another gifted photographer based
in Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, Paul shares his experiences
and his stunning wildlife photos. Go birding on Pauls' blog,
and find beautiful shots of quality local birds as well as rarities

Mark Hancox Bird Photography www.markhancoxbirdphotography.co.uk

Mark Hancox remarkable gallery of photographs - the "in flight"
and "reflections" shots are spectacular. The site is nicely
designed and the "A to Z" makes it easy to find your favourites

Stuart Andrews Bird Photography http://stuartandrews183.fotopic.net/

Stuart is one of the better known Worcestershire-based birders, whose site has images from his local birding and trips abroad. He has some great shots of local rarities and some unusual shots of less rare but "quality" birds - take a look at the Barn Owl shots in particular.

Pete Walkden's Bird Photography http://petewalkdensbirdphotography.fotopic.net/

Pete's photography shows us birds we are used to seeing in a different light. Blackbirds, chaffinches, house sparrows, and our personal favourite, the bullfinch. Beautiful shots of old friends, with the odd rarity thrown in for good measure .
 

Ewart Cowan Photography
http://www.ewartcowanphotos.co.uk

George Ewart is a Leominster based photographer, and his site has a selection of beautiful, often intimate shots of common, as well as rare and exotic birds. The site also includes some wonderful stills and video clips of mainline steam trains - the videos are very high quality - you can almost smell the steam!!

waxwing

Organisations

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust - www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/hereford/index.htm
News, details and location maps of reserves

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust www.earthheritagetrust.org

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust - working to record and protect geology and landscape

Herefordshire Badger Group www.badger-groups.org.uk/herefordshire

Herefordshire Badger Group works for the protection of badgers throughout the county

Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile team (HART) www.herefordhart.org

... of amphibians and reptiles in Herefordshire, and we aim to encourage people ... Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, and other wildlife societies and groups, ...

 

                                 

Worcester and Malvern RSPB Group www.rspb.org.uk/groups/worcester/

Details of local events, meetings, and reserves in the area

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is the county's leading local charity working to conserve and restore wildlife and wild places. Our Vision is: Worcestershire - part of a UK rich in wildlife, where everyone can appreciate, enjoy and help restore and protect wildlife for the future.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is the county's leading local charity working to conserve and restore wildlife and wild places .Our Vision is Gloucestershire - part of a UK rich in wildlife, where everyone can appreciate, enjoy and help restore and protect wildlife for the future.

Birding Sites

The Gloster Birder www.birder.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

This site is run by Mike King, and covers recent sightings at all the important sites in Gloucestershire. There is also a county list, a useful photo index and even a field guide to local birders.

Herefordshire Ornithological Club www.herefordshirebirding.net/

Latest Herefordshire sightings, details of meetings, news, surveys and much more.

Blackcap Photo courtesy of Vince Garby