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The population of Red-eared Sliders in the UK is largely a result of the illegal release of unwanted pets, where they exploit an ecological niche, as yet, untouched by any other species. In the UK they are omnivores, occurring in lakes, watercourse and wetlands; seeking out sheltered, ...
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Norfolk hawkers are one of the first dragonflies to emerge on the wing, between May and August. They are one of only two brown hawkers found in Europe, the other being the more common brown hawker. Norfolk hawkers stand out in areas crowded with other dragonflies because of the yellow triangle ...
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Hi Ben
This is a magnificent photograph. For me it is the best you have uploaded as it is a very difficult image to take.
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The Hawfinch is our largest Finch, up to 18cm and has a huge strong bill, it is large headed and bull necked. It is very shy. It is an uncommon British breeding resident with around 800 pairs. It occurs in deciduous woodland habitat throughout the country, however, although widely distributed, ...
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The Marsh Fritillary is threatened, not only in the UK but across Europe and is therefore, the object of much conservation effort. The wings of this beautiful butterfly are more brightly patterned than those of other fritillaries, with more heavily marked races being found in Scotland and ...
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A Wild Boar piglet on a feeding foray in a stand of mature beech. This photo was taken a number of weeks ago, but this afternoon I enjoyed watching a group of three sows along with at least two litters of piglets feeding beneath the low canopy of the bracken. It was such a hot afternoon that ...
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This fox has become a regular nightly garden visitor. I'm pretty sure it's a male. He eats any surplus bird seed that has been left over that day. There's also a Badger coming in nightly for the same reason, but it's a case of whoever gets there first gets the food. This was shot through the ...
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Welcome to Wild In Britain, an occasional and irregular photo journal of my encounters with all types of wildlife in the British Isles. All species featured on the site are wild, and all photographs are the copyright of Ben Locke. For prints and licensing click here.
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Swallowtail butterflies are large, colorful butterflies that form the family Papilionidae. Swallowtails differ from all other butterflies in a number of anatomical traits. Most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the osmeterium.
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I photographed this Eyed Hawk Moth last week in Norfolk. They are fairly well distributed throughout England and Wales, this species has a sombre, camouflaged appearance at rest, but if provoked, flashes the hindwings, which are decorated with intense blue and black 'eyes' on a pinkish ...
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The Orange-tip is a distinctive spring butterfly. It is a medium sized butterfly which is often seen in gardens and along hedgerows and roadside verges especially in areas where water occurs. It is fairly Common throughout England Wales and Scotland but is absent from the far north of the ...
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I rarely convert wildlife photos to monochrome, and it seems particularly odd to do it with such a colourful bird as the Hawfinch, but I think it works here. Besides, I didn't like the colour of the nettles in the background :) The Hawfinch is UK's largest finch, it has a massive, powerful bill.
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Works perfectly +Ben Locke and thanks for the location, I've always wondered where I might see them.
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Despite living in the right place for Wood Whites, somehow they'd always managed to elude me each year. They seem to exist in very localised colonies. The Wood White is one of our daintiest butterflies with one of the slowest and delicate flights of all the British butterflies.
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Living in the Forest of Dean, England. I mainly shoot landscapes and wildlife, but most kinds of photography interest me in one way or another. I hope you like my work and enjoy looking through my pictures. My 'proper' web site is at www.benlockephotography.co.​​uk, but there's various other bits and pieces at www.benlocke.co.uk.

In addition to photography I enjoy playing the guitar, albeit not very well, and love music in general. Much of my time is spent walking in the Forest of Dean where I live, although I try to see as much of the country as I can with my wife and dog.
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