Galleries

The Mendip hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and consist of a number of National and Local Nature Reserves, in addition there are a substantial number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's).

Over the last few years, I have been concentrating my photography on some of the Nature Reserves and SSSI’s located on the Mendips. These areas alone contain a diverse population of flora and fauna, more than enough to keep me busy for many years to come.

For more information about the areas I visit on the Mendips, please select the ‘Locations’ link from the Menu.
(Contains 38 photos)
Axbridge, Frys and Shute Shelve Hills portfolio This site is located between Shute Shelve and Cheddar Woods on the southern escarpment of the Mendips overlooking the town of Axbridge. It is a SSSI of around 160 acres of mainly scrub and unimproved calcareous grassland over thin soils which is home to a diverse variety of plants and insects.
(Contains 43 photos)
Blackmoor Reserve portfolio A reserve owned by Somerset County Council and managed by the Mendip Hills AONB with mostly unrestricted public access, one of the first sites I visited many years ago and still one of my favourite places when looking to photograph reptiles on the Mendips.
(Contains 25 photos)
Draycott Sleights portfolio A Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve located on the south west slopes of the Mendips close to the Rodney Stoke NNR and Stoke Camp nature reserve. A reserve with stunning views over the Somerset levels and noted for the Chalkhill Blue butterflies and Green Winged Orchids.
(Contains 28 photos)
East Harptree Woods portfolio Managed by the Forestry Commission and located to the north of the Mendips overlooking Chew Valley Lake. The site also has some historical interest with Smitham Chimney being the last remnant of industrial activity that itself was saved from demolition and preserved in 1973.
(Contains 43 photos)
GB Gruffy portfolio A Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve located roughly between Shipham and Charterhouse, a site with history of mining and where a lot of what goes on happens underground in the cave systems. Above ground is a rich variety of flora and fauna.
(Contains 82 photos)
Priddy Mineries and Pools portfolio Another site located high up on the Mendips with a history of mining. The site consists of areas of bogs, pools and small woods yet in the summer there is an explosion of insect life and orchids.
(Contains 66 photos)
Rodney Stoke NNR portfolio A Natural England managed site designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR) located on the southern slopes of the Mendips just above the village of Rodney Stoke. This reserve is mainly broad leaved woodland and one of my favourite locations to photograph beetles.
(Contains 33 photos)
Stoke Camp Nature Reserve portfolio A Butterfly Conservation reserve located next to Draycott House Grounds and above the Rodney Stoke NNR. Whilst there is much to find here the site is also known for the colony of the Small Blue butterflies.
(Contains 20 photos)
Stockhill Woods portfolio A site owned and managed by the Forestry Commission which consists of mainly coniferous woodland, open to the public the site has easy access with mainly level footpaths criss-crossing the woods.
(Contains 17 photos)
Ubley Warren portfolio A Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve located between the Blackmoor nature reserve at Charterhouse and Velvet Bottom reserve. A great place with a healthy reptile population as well as butterflies, orchids and other unusual insects.
(Contains 55 photos)
In and around Somerset portfolio This collection contains all my other photographs taken in and around the neighbouring counties of Somerset.
(Contains 116 photos)
Trips portfolio I have created this collection specifically for foreign visits, when the opportunity allows, to photograph some of the amazing wildlife not necessarily seen in the UK.