Andrew Marshall is a wildlife garden designer
and a professional wildlife photographer. He is a
contracted contributor to the RSPB image library
and runs wildlife photography workshops and
guided trips to the locations in this book.
Passionate about wildlife from an early age, he
grew up in Keswick in the English Lake District
where he started photographing foxes and deer
with a basic film camera, a Kodak Instamatic.
Andrew bought his first serious camera for a trip
to South Africa and since then has travelled all
over the world taking wildlife photographs.
For the last two years Andrew’s photography has
been almost exclusively for this guidebook using
Nikon DSLRs with a range of Nikon lenses.
Situated in the middle of London, Richmond Park may not seem like the wildest of places to go photographing wildlife. The park’s accessibility and popularity means there are a lot of people about, especially at weekends. It is however surprisingly easy to lose yourself in the woodland and be transported back to ancient times when this was a royal hunting forest.
Upton Warren is a small reserve run by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The 26 hectare reserve is split into two distinct areas: the freshwater Moors Pools in the north and the saline pools of the Flashes in the south.
The Flashes attract a variety of specialist birds and plants that require the salt water conditions. The hides at the Flashes provide excellent views of the shallow lagoons where avocets breed alongside common tern, black-headed gull, oystercatcher and redshank. The reeds and surrounding vegetation are also home to reed, sedge and Cetti’s warblers and reed bunting.
Close to the city of Inverness by the village of Fortrose the River Ness meets the sea at Chanonry Point. The 18th century fortress of Fort George forms the backdrop to this location where bottlenose dolphins offer a spectacular wildlife encounter as they hunt for salmon running up-river. This is also a great show for non photographers and a good one to show children a special wildlife event.
Martin Mere used to be the largest body of fresh water in England. The lake formed in a depression left after the retreat of glacial ice at the end of the last Ice Age. The lake has long since been mostly drained but the area remains a large and, from a wildlife point of view, important area of marshland.
Martin Mere is now a Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Reserve, it is situated near Ormskirk on the Lancashire coast in North West England. The reserve is internationally important for overwintering wildfowl especially the spectacular whooper swans but also geese such as the greylag and ducks including shelduck and wigeon.