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UWE lecturer wins national wildlife photography award

A lecturer at the University of the West of England has won a national photography award with this striking image of tadpoles taken on the University’s Frenchay Campus:

'Tadpoles', by Dr Jeanette Sakel Credit: Dr Jeanette Sakel

Dr Jeanette Sakel, a Linguistics lecturer and National Teaching Fellow, took the top prize in the ‘Close to Nature’ category of this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards.

The ‘Close to Nature’ category in the BWPA encourages photographers to explore the beauty of nature close up.

The day I took the photo I had decided to do something different for my lunch break. I had brought in my camera to see if I could capture the year’s first dragonflies at the pond. I noticed movement just below the water’s surface: a myriad of tadpoles, swirling at great speed around the water, forming intricate patterns.

I lay down, the hood of my macro lens almost touching the water, and experimented with manual camera settings to capture the movement below the surface. Underexposing the image to achieve a fast shutter-speed, I captured the winning photo

– Dr Jeanette Sakel


Wildlife training scheme wins £830,000 lottery grant

Wildlife skills trainees have a go at strimming Credit: Beth Aucott

A scheme that offers training in wildlife skills has won a £830,000 lottery grant.

The money will finance almost 50 placements with the region's Wildlife Trusts. The course includes formal qualifications and is aimed at providing young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities in the field of conservation.


Report warns of issues with Devon's wildlife

A new report is being published looking at the fortunes of Devon's wildlife. Called the 'State of Devon's Nature', it's being launched at a special one-day conference in Cullompton.

It warns of struggling species and landscapes and suggests the way forward is better collaboration between landowners, farmers, and conservation charities.

A new report is warning Devon's wildlife needs better collaboration between landowners and conservation charities. Credit: PA

Wildlife park development underway

Bristol Zoo will open the first part of its new wildlife park this summer.

The ambitious project will be called Wild Place and people will be able to walk around a recreation of a Madagascan village and African savannah, complete with a variety of animals.

This is only the first stage in a much larger project to develop the full 136 acre site close to Cribbs Causeway in South Gloucestershire.

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