Based in Wall Under Heywood near Church Stretton Shropshire, I am an amateur wildlife photographer with a passion for capturing images of British wildlife.
I consider it an absolute privilege to sit and observe animals in the wild. Immersing myself in the sights, sounds and smells of nature, not only improves my field skills, but also helps to boost my health and wellbeing.
In 2011, I rediscovered photography, with the intention of combining my love of walking with landscape photography, but all that changed in 2014, when my son William had his first DSLR, and quickly decided the prospect of wildlife photography was far more exciting! Whilst, I've always had a love of wildlife, I'd never seriously tried photographing it, but thanks to William I have become absolutely hooked.
In the first few years I built my experience and portfolio using a combination of ‘pay to click’ hides and workshops. These experiences helped give me the confidence and skills to track, observe and photograph wildlife myself. In 2019, I began working as a volunteer for Shropshire Wildlife Trust to capture images and video of the wildlife at a Bridgnorth reserve, using trail cameras and a portable pop-up hide. This project certainly helped to improve my field skills.
Some of my images have been used to support the Mammal Society and its activities to help save British wildlife, which I am very proud of.
Please note, I abide by the Nature Photographers' Code of Practice, which has one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times - "The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.”
You can follow the highs and lows of my wildlife encounters on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @MarkEvansNature