Alex Hyde - Award Winner

We are delighted that macro wildlife photographer Alex Hyde has won the ‘Hidden Britain’ category at the 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards, designed to celebrate the beauty and diversity of our wildlife.

By understanding the behaviour of his subjects, Alex is able to capture intimate portraits of spiders, insects and other invertebrates in their natural habitats, and he explains how he came to take this superb image of a crane fly in Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park: “Early on a… Read on


Bear viewing at Grizzly Camp

Every day that I was at Grizzly Camp I was up at around 7am for breakfast and then out to one of the bear viewing spots by 0830am. It sounds late for being out wildlife watching, but in fact there are bears everywhere, so whether it was up at 5am and out at 6am, or up at 9am and out at 10am, it seems that quality of bear viewing and the number of bears around are likely to be the same. Some days of bear viewing were better than others of course, and overall the bear-viewing was probably better in the evening actually, but every day was excellent and all the sightings were superb.

In addition to watching the bears from the deck at camp - which is undoubtedly one of the prime locations for bear-viewing - there are two up-river spots that alternated between each day. Cameras and binoculars in hand I sat (with a knowledgeable bear guide) patiently waiting and watching, careful… Read on


A Borneo blog by Immy Breen aged 11

In May 2015 I went on holiday with my Dad, Chris, to a place in Malaysia called Borneo. Dad said I need to write a blog about it so I could tell people whether it was good or not. And boy is it good!!! I will name some following reasons below. Every hotel was luxury serving divine food and had outstanding staff. They will do whatever they can to make your stay more than perfect. Not to mention that the wildlife at EVERY place we stayed in was incredible and included a wide range of birds

- Borneo is well known for its birds… we saw loads, for example...  rufous-tailed shama, Malaysian blue flycatcher, Asian paradise-flycatcher, black napped monarch, black naped monarch, storms stork, lesser adjutant, purple heron, little egret, great (white) egret, darter… Read on


Discovering Namibia and the 1937 Powell-Cotton Expedition

Enjoy a fascinating evening on Thursday 24 September discovering the contrasting landscapes of Namibia - one of the most hauntingly beautiful countries on the planet - and hear accounts from the diaries of Christopher and Percy Powell-Cotton's 1937 expedition to the country.

Whilst also illustrating the route and story of  Percy Powell Cotton’s penultimate expedition, this engaging, insightful and emphatic presentation will walk people through the seemingly limitless opportunities for wildlife and discovery in Namibia, and its addictive-qualities that have… Read on


Exploring the Realm of the Tiger in the Footsteps of Rudyard Kipling
(Part 2)

India’s new safari regulations, which have created zones in the country’s national parks and reduced the number of vehicles allowed in at any one time, have improved the visitor experience dramatically for visitors and wildlife alike, as the parks are less crowded and so much more enjoyable as a result.

Only four hours drive from Kanha, another tiger reserve takes its name from the Pench River. The main access to Pench National Park is via Turia Gate in the south of the park, but this can get busy as up to 25 vehicles are still allowed to enter at any one time here. However we drove one hour… Read on


Exploring the Realm of the Tiger in the Footsteps of Rudyard Kipling

Who hasn’t read ‘The Jungle Book’ as a child, and dreamed of being Mowgli and living in the wilderness? So it was with huge anticipation and excitement that I visited the two of the places that fed Kipling’s imagination – the tiger reserves of Kanha and Pench – although he never actually set foot in either location, and only learned of them from a friend.

The minute we headed out with an expert naturalist guide on a private safari into Kanha’s luxuriant forest – composed of sal and bamboo trees, plus the odd legendary banyan – I felt as if I had stepped into Mowgli’s wonderland. We heard the alarm call of black-faced… Read on


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