Research: Environment/Wildlife Websites & Print Publications

For this, I decided to research relevant environmental and/or wildlife sites and publications. I wanted this research to act as means of becoming more familiar with the written and photographic standards of such print and online formats, to allow me find a few contemporary issues as well as an opportunity to find potential markets/audiences. 

I started with BBC wildlife as it is a widely known and well informed British wildlife publication.

A few examples of previous front cover pages featuring images of British wildlife.

BBC-portfolio bbcwildlife-fox BBC-WILDLIFE_APR-13

Upon further exploration, I also found another wildlife site associated with the BBC, wildlife extra.

Wildlife Extra

Featured article:

Wildlife photography; camera, lens and film recommendations.

Giraffe silhouette © 2006 Wildlife Extra.

There are many pitfalls technically which the enthusiast new to this metier may well fall into. It is essential again that good research is done before allowing some glib sales person to talk you into an unsuitable package and mortgage to boot.  Alternativley, for those of you who don’t want to spend £800-1000+ on equipment, and are happy with very good photos rather than absolute prize winners, see Wildlife photography for beginners, idiots and the bone idle.

Camera Body. If you are serious about wildlife it has to be an SLR, nothing else will do. The versatility is critical. Really the only brands worth looking at are Canon and Nikon. Exponents of both these major brands will argue about which is superior and although Nikon were a little slow out of their blocks concerning stabilised lenses, there is little to choose between them. It is always a mistake to purchase the cheapest model as the build quality is always poor. Always buy the body and lens separately, as the kit / package lenses that come with them are always poor with virtually no resell value.

Hippo fight. © 2006 Wildlife Extra.

For digital users choose whether you want the full frame models which are newer but very good quality indeed or the 1.6 magnification variety. Whichever you choose it is the pixel count which is crucial and for really sharp images you should not be looking at anything less than 8m mega pixels. Cameras now have hundreds of features, but most photographers, even the top ones, only use a relatively small percentage of these. The most important features are the multi exposure, focusing point, depth of field preview button, predictive following focus and exposure over-ride. If your camera does not have any of these you should think of switching to another model.

Finally One last point, and an unpopular one -body doubles. Yes, one camera is never enough, not so much because you can have different set ups in two as the digital format has largely taken care of that, but should one go wrong, and this is an area that digital is not so robust, you will be finished.


  • If you have a zoom lens, with the possible exception of elephant or giraffe, it is likely that you will always be at the long end of it, so ask yourself ‘is a straightforward telephoto with a better optical quality from its quicker F stop a better option.’
  • Always better to buy a better quality shorter fast lens zoom or telephoto than a slower longer one.
  • Second hand is fine, don’t be proud. Most shops offer warranties anyway and if looked after there is not much that can go wrong with a lens.
  • Both Canon and now Nikon have stabilised lenses, the IS and VR respectively. Your images will improve dramatically with one of these; if you cannot afford it save up. The second hand market is virtually redundant for these lenses which work on both film and digital cameras. They are probably the biggest single advance in technology in the last ten years.
  • Support. Although a monopod and certainly tripod is a fantastic way of ensuring stability often they are completely unsuitable to photographing wildlife, especially if used in a vehicle. Bean bags are the answer, carry it empty and fill with rice, chick peas or whatever is available.

Lenses. The most important item. This is the tool which gives the sharpness, the clarity and the colour. It is the piece of kit than can transform a well composed photo into an award winner, so this is where to spend your money. Generally every photographer wants more mm; a 300mm is seldom enough, but then again if it is birds you are after neither is a 400mm.

Film. Film is still available despite Agfa’s decision to stop production. For some yet to be explained reason Fuji have halted production of the fabled Velvia 50 slide film, but brought out two replacements in the last three years, and anyway they are still way ahead of the competition in both slide and print. If you are still taking in this format remember to check carefully the speed rating on the film. It is no use having a great lens then putting fast film through it when the bright conditions dictate the opposite. Although not gospel a 100 film is four times sharper than a 400, and more importantly unless it is something very special indeed you must question why you are even photographing in poorly lit conditions. Obviously a digital camera does not have these problems.Cleaning. Photography gear can almost become part of your anatomy, when you think of Lanting, Wolfe, Shah and Scott you automatically think of them with cameras around their neck. Like parts of the anatomy, they need to be looked after. The crucial tool for the outside of the camera is an air blower brush, however they are not suitable for the inside around the sensor or shutter curtain. A small brush with hairs is the job here. A frequent exercise like this is much more effective than a yearly spring clean.

Remember it is fun, it is satisfying but it can be supremely frustrating, get out there.

Whilst searching other elements of the site, I noticed a print publication, Wild Travel.

Wild Travel is the UK’s only magazine dedicated exclusively to wildlife travel. Every issue we showcase a selection of the world’s best wildlife watching experiences, plus we have wildlife destination guides, field guides to individual species, wildlife photography workshops, kit reviews, expert travel advice and the latest wildlife and conservation news. Working alongside many of the most respected writers, photographers and tour operators in the business, it’s our mission to show you that you don’t need to be an adrenaline-fuelled adventurer or a member of a wildlife documentary crew to enjoy many of nature’s greatest spectacles first hand.

October 2012

Main Cover

Wild Travel cover

Contents page

Wild Travel contents

Feature Article

Wild Travel feature

Main Image: Landscape. Support Image: Animal Portrait

Wild Travel landscape

Main Image: Animal Portrait. Support Image: Landscape

Wild Travel animal portrait

I then decided to look for online only nature publications. I discovered a relevant site known as the Nature Photographers Network.

Nature Photographers Network™
Article Submission Guidelines

We welcome all nature photography enthusiasts to submit their articles for publication on Nature Photographers Online Magazine!

Here are the types of articles we are looking for;

  • Articles on photographic technique
  • Reviews of cameras, lenses or any gear used for nature photography – Reviews Archives
  • Reviews of camping or hiking gear
  • Reviews of locations that are ideal for nature photography – Photo Itineraries
  • General interest articles that pertain to outdoor and nature photography

Check out the NPN Articles & Reviews index page to get an idea of the kind of articles we publish!

General Guidelines

When evaluating submissions, NPN editors look for fresh and interesting articles accompanied by outstanding images that support the text. The writing should be clear and concise. Also;

  • Original articles that have not been previously published elsewhere
  • The article should be at least 800 words in length, but no longer than 1500 words. Articles that are well-written and thoroughly proofread have the greatest chance of being accepted for publication!
  • The article should be submitted with at least one photo for every 200 words of text length. Articles submitted with high quality photos have the greatest chance of being accepted for publication!
  • The article should include a short bio of the author and one photo of the author, and may include link(s) to the author’s website(s)

How to submit your article;

  • All articles should be submitted via e-mail to
  • Text should be submitted as a .txt or MS Word .doc file
  • Photos should attached separately, not imbedded in the text file
  • Photos should be sized to 800 pixels on the longest side (72 dpi or use the “save for web” function) and saved in JPEG format with minimal compression (“high quality”)

By submitting your article to Nature Photographers Online Magazine (“NPN”), you agree to the following;

  1. You license NPN First World Electric Rights for a period of 6 months. You may, however, publish the article on your peronal website or blog at any time.
  2. You license NPN non-exclusive Secondary World Electronic Rights to keep your article or review archived on NPN indefinitely
  3. You declare that you are the sole owner of the rights to the photo(s) and/or text submitted
  4. You agree that NPN editors reserve the right to edit all submissions for grammar and structure
  5. You agree that NPN editors reserve the right to make minor adjustments to photos, including but not limited to resizing, adding borders and/or drop shadows for display on the site
  6. You agree not to hold NPN liable for any unauthorized reproduction of your photo(s) or subsequent damage as a result of your article being displayed on NPN
  7. You have read and accepted NPN’s Terms of Service
  8. Upon receipt of your submission, NPN will notify you via e-mail within 30 days if it is accepted for publication
  9. In exchange for these rights NPN will provide you with a complimentary 1-year membership to the Nature Photographers Network™. If you are already a member, your membership will be extended by one year.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss an article proposal, contact us at

We look forward to publishing your work!

The site itself focuses primarily upon photographic galleries that are displayed publicly and offered for critique.

Format of online gallery:


The resulting images available cover a wide range of subject matters, lighting, framing and overall compositional approaches.

In addition to this, they also host editor’s pick awards, which draw highlight to some of the best wildlife images. This governs a wide range of categories covering many aspects I consider to be part of my working practice.

NPN Top Nature Photos
Presented by the Nature Photographers Network™

The Weekly Picks and the annual Editor’s Pick Awards celebrates excellence in nature photography by recognizing the best of the extraordinary images posted in NPN’s image critique galleries. Every week, the NPN moderators pick one of our member’s photos (posted from Sunday, 12:00 AM EST through Saturday, 11:59 PM EST) for display in WP/POTM Gallery from each of the following image critique galleries:

The Weekly Picks are selected using the following criteria:

The weekly pick images are then archived in the WP/POTM Gallery for permanent display on the NPN web site. Photos in the Weekly Picks gallery are eligible for the yearly Editor’s Pick Awards.

Previous Editor’s Pick Awards winners;

In late December, the NPN staff will select three images from each of the nine image critique categories in the Weekly Picks Gallery. Category winners will be awarded one each of the following prizes –

First Place Winner –

  • Lifetime Nature Photographers Network™ membership
  • Permanent display of winning photo in the Editor’s Pick Awards 2012 Gallery
  • Display of winning photo on the cover of the January, 2013 Edition (slide show)

1st Honorable Mention –

  • 3-year extention of their Nature Photographers Network™ membership ($129.00)
  • Permanent display of winning photo in the Editor’s Pick Awards 2012 Gallery

2nd Honorable Mention –

  • 1-year extention of their Nature Photographers Network™ membership ($49.00)
  • Permanent display of winning photo in the Editor’s Pick Awards 2012 Gallery

Winners will be announced in the January 2013 issue of Nature Photographers Online Magazine.


  1. All weekly picks and annual EPA winners must be current Nature Photographers Network™ members.
  2. All images must be initially posted in one of the nine NPN image critique galleries in order to be considered for the weekly picks.
  3. All winning images to be selected from the Weekly Picks Gallery by the NPN staff.
  4. NPN staff (as listed on the NPN staff masthead on the About NPN) page, program sponsors and their family members are ineligible.
  5. No multiple winners – a different photographer will be selected for each of the 3 places in each of the 9 categories.
  6. Winners grant the right to Nature Photographers Online Magazine to use image (with accompanying photo credit) for promotional purposes.
  7. All rights remain entirely with the photographer.

If you have any questions regarding the weekly picks or the yearly Editor’s Pick Awards, please contact us

Featured article:

Emotion Sells Fine Art
Text and photography copyright © Alain Briot. All rights reserved.

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.     Oprah Winfrey

Focusing your marketing on the emotional impact of your photographs will help you sell more because people buy photographs for emotional reasons, not for logical reasons.

When we started selling my photographs I talked endlessly to customers about the camera I used to take the photographs, the printer I used to make the prints, which ink and paper combination I liked best, which size was the ideal size for a given photograph, and I mentioned countless other technical details to them.

I loved talking about the technical aspects of my work, and at first I thought that my customers enjoyed learning about these aspects as well. However, I noticed that most of the time this did not lead to a sale. Customers would listen to me, nod their head, say something such as, “Very interesting, thank you,” and then excuse themselves and leave my booth.

I wondered why this happened, so I paid close attention to their expressions while I explained the technical aspects of my photography. At first, when I started talking to them, they were excited to hear what I had to say. But after a while they showed signs they were losing interest. While my customers were interested in what I had to say, it became clear that my techno-talk was over their heads. While they acted as if they were following me, in reality their attention was drifting away and they would leave as soon as I would stop talking.

Hoodoos, UtahSo I tried something else. Instead of telling them about the technical aspects of my work, I started telling them about the aesthetic aspects of my photographs. I told them about what attracted me to a specific location and why I decided to compose a piece the way I did. I told them about how long I waited for the light to make the landscape look beautiful. I told them about the colors I used, why I selected a specific frame, and shared with them many other details related to my aesthetic decisions. Often, as I spoke to them, the conversation became an exchange between me and them. They asked questions about why I did this or that. They agreed with my choices and made the point that the photograph wouldn’t look as good if it had been taken at a different time, or if I had used a different composition or used a different frame. This was no longer a one-sided talk. It was an exciting conversation during which we exchanged emotional responses about my work.

At the end of this exchange, instead of walking away, most customers would make a purchase, often a significant one. They usually purchased the photograph we had been talking about together. Sometimes they purchased several photographs, and for each one a similar exchange took place. What had been a one-sided conversation was now a passionate exchange, one that resulted in multiple sales.

Through this experience I learned that people purchase photographs for emotional reasons, not for logical reasons. Knowing the camera, the printer, the ink, the paper, and the other gear and techniques I used did not make them want to own my work. What made them want to bring one of my photographs home with them was knowing why this photograph was meaningful to me, why I was attracted to create it, what made me choose a specific place, time, and light, why I matted and framed it a certain way, and why I made other emotionally-motivated decisions. In short, it was my artistic vision they wanted me to talk about, because it is this vision that creates an emotional connection to the photograph.

People purchase photographs for emotional reasons. Presenting technical prowess to your buying audience does not increase sales. Explaining your artistic vision, your passion, and the reasons why you created a specific piece is what generate sales. Being able to relate emotionally to a work of art is the main reason why people invest in art.

From this, I decided to continue my search and found a fairly well known and perhaps commercial example, outdoor photography.

Outdoor Photography

Outdoor Photography is the UK’s only print and app magazine for photographers who are passionate about being out in wild places, seeing inspiring nature and having great adventures. And, of course, these activities also go hand in hand with an interest in conservation and the environment. Each issue features a stunning array of photographs with regular contributions by leading photographers from the UK and beyond. The magazine is renowned for its informed and in-depth technique features and its superb guides to photographic locations around the UK.

In this month’s issue:

In this month’s OP we showcase some of our favourite images from Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013, and photographer Doug Chinnery talks to Steve Watkins about his experimental approach, along with the joys of traveling around the UK in his beloved campervan. Also, with the festive season just around the corner, we have our pick of 2013 must-have gear and gadgets for landscape, wildlife and adventure photographers ¬–¬ plus your chance to win some of the featured products!

Landscape photographer John Dominick reveals how a new piece of kit has revolutionised how he perceives his subject, and Pete Bridgwood shares a recent experience that made a lasting impression. David Baker talks about his latest book Sea Fever when under OP’s spotlight, and David Ward reflects on how critical colour is in our images.

Laurie Campbell discusses the importance of meticulous working methods when shooting macro, and reveals his nature highlights for December. We also present Andrew Parkinson’s stunning gannet images, and Jodie Randall enjoys a number of photographic opportunities after creating a wildlife friendly garden.

James Osmond guides us through shooting landscapes in the rain, and Lee Frost gives us some handy tips on hyperfocal focusing. Meanwhile Judy Armstrong tackles the snow-covered terrain and reviews four of the best snowshoes.

We also have ten great new locations for you to go out and shoot this month, plus news, reviews, exhibitions, our favourite readers’ letters and images!

The magazine itself covers a wide spectrum of areas relating to the natural world and features some of the most current and established landscape and wildlife photographers. They also demonstrate an interest in the environment and contemporary conservation issues .

In addition, they also have a regularly updating blog discussing the work of featured photographers and their methodology.


Featured article:

October 23rd, 2013

Behind The Shot: ‘Bald Eagle on Cross’ by Dawn Wilson – Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Posted By David Willis

An adult bald eagle sits on top of a wooden Russian Orthodox grave marker in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Unalaska, Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Bald Eagle on Cross by Dawn Wilson

More than 600 bald eagles live on the islands of Amaknak and Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Although eagles live along most of the Alaskan coastline, these two islands have an unusually large population thanks to a healthy fishing industry in Dutch Harbor, the largest commercial fishing port in the U.S. that is located on the southeast side of Amaknak Island.

Dozens of eagles spend much of the day picking scraps from fishing nets and stealing fish from the fish processing plants in Dutch Harbor. Many eagles also spend a lot of time along the Front Beach where Unalaska Cemetery and Memorial Park face Iliuliuk Bay. The cemetery is full of weathered wood grave markers that eagles enjoy as perches to scan the coastline and the meadows for food.
This photo was taken in July, one of the best times of year to visit Dutch Harbor when the meadows and mountainsides are lush with wildflowers. The weather during the summer can be fairly mild with temperatures reaching the upper 60s during the day. Persistent fog and cloudy days coupled with the long hours of daylight provided the ideal conditions to shoot all day long. This particular photo was captured at 2:00 p.m., a time of day usually avoided in more sunny locations.

The cloudy weather, however, can make taking photos of animals with dark and light portions challenging. To overcome this, I increased my ISO and set a wide open aperture to help the camera capture the details of the dark feathers while selecting a fast shutter speed to freeze any action in case the eagle flew off her perch and to avoid overexposing the white feathers, grave marker and sky. Adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop helped bring out the details in the dark feathers a little further.

While the eagles are comfortable around people in Dutch Harbor, they become a little more skittish on the outskirts of town. I have found it best to use a long lens to photograph the eagles on perches like this to capture the candid shot and to prevent changing their behaviour or potentially causing them to fly away. This photo captured all of the elements Dutch Harbor has to offer – wildlife, history, landscape and weather. – Dawn Wilson

Equipment and settings: Nikon D3s, Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR II AF Lens, Manfrotto four-section, carbon-fiber tripod, Wimberley Gimbal tripod head; 1/2000th at f/8 – ISO 1000 – manual mode, auto white balance

This image is available as a print here. Dawn Wilson is a freelance photographer, writer and naturalist based in Arvada, Colorado. See more of her fine art, stock and assignment work, purchase prints, and sign up for workshops at Keep up with her blog hereand you can follow her at Tumblr and Facebook.

My next example offers more of an environmental focus with a slightly more informal and humorous approach.


Laugh now — or the planet gets it.

You know how some people make lemonade out of lemons? At Grist, we’re making lemonade out of looming climate apocalypse.

It’s more fun than it sounds, trust us!

Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 — which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline and on every store shelf (bamboo hair gel, anyone?), Grist is the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all.

Each day, we use our Clarity-o-Meter to draw out the real meaning behind green stories, and to connect big issues like climate change to daily life. We count on our users to bring their stories to the table, too — through blogs, photos, and whatever else they care to share. Except Jell-O molds. Those things scare us.

At Grist, we take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Because of the many things this planet is running out of, sanctimonious tree-huggers ain’t one of them.


Grist is an independent non-profit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. We reach the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. (Also by
posting videos of baby animals.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, and Time, and has won many prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.

As it stands, Grists offers a refreshing stance against much of general agenda of conventional print formats and becoming a more widely regarded resource for more honest discussion of contemporary environmental issues.

Featured article:

Barnacles are accidentally eating our plastic trash


Barnacles on a boot.
Gooseneck barnacles attached to a washed-up boot.

Barnacles in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are attaching themselves to trash and eating little plastic particles. Researchers don’t yet know the implications of these findings, but it’s a safe bet that they’re not good.

American scientists inspected the gastrointestinal tracts of 385 gooseneck barnacles collected from the garbage patch, aka the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, and found microplastic in a third of them. Some specimens had a single piece of plastic in their stomach, while others had gobbled down as many as 30. Results of this research were published Tuesday in the journal PeerJ.

Miriam Goldstein of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography described her research in the blog Deep Sea News:

Gooseneck barnacles look kind of freaky. Like acorn barnacles (the ones that more commonly grow on docks), they’re essentially a little shrimp living upside down in a shell and eating with their feet. Unlike acorn barnacles, gooseneck barnacles have a long, muscular stalk. …

[E]ventually I found myself in the lab dissecting barnacles in order to identify them. As I sat there, I thought “Well, I’m working on these barnacles anyway — wonder what they’re eating?” So I pulled out the intestine of the barnacle I was working on, cut it open, and a bright blue piece of plastic popped out. I reached into my jar o’ dead barnacles and dissected a few more, and found plastic in their guts as well.

Thinking about it logically, it makes a lot of sense that gooseneck barnacles are eating plastic. They are really hardy, able to live on nearly any floating surface from buoys to turtles, so they’re very common in the high-plastic areas of the gyre. They live right at the surface, where tiny pieces of buoyant plastic float. And they’re extremely non-picky eaters that will shove anything they can grab into their mouth.

Gooseneck barnacles
Gooseneck barnacles look freaky when they come out of their shells.

The barnacles are eaten by crabs, nudibranchs, and other marine creatures that are hunted, in turn, by birds, fish, and dolphins. Such plastic is known to block the digestive systems of these larger creatures, wreak havoc with their hormone levels, and damage their reproductive organs.

As Goldstein says, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to learn that barnacles are eating the ubiquitous plastic waste. One 2006 study estimated that at least 267 sea-faring species had been found to have ingested such trash.

Here’s what some of the plastic barnacle food looked like. Perhaps they mistook our garbage for Lucky Charms breakfast cereal. It’s hard to say which is worse for you, really:

Barnacle stomach contents from study
Barnacle diet.
Often the site itself relies mainly upon stock photography images, this is pattern amongst publications that do not place the priority upon the image rather the context. The exception is often stories that need specific images to evidence the experimentation/study being discussed in the article. Perhaps there is even room for collaboration in such areas with my partner, a zoology student. However, it does also reinforce the potential of using generic nature or wildlife images for submission on stock sites such as shuttershock or alamy.
The next example is a broader BBC related publication, Countryfile.
Explore the British countryside

BBC Countryfile Magazine, as the No.1 country interest magazine, is the ultimate companion to the British Countryside. BBC Countryfile Magazine celebrates the beauty and diversity of the countryside,suggesting great places to go and things to see every month. Our Great Days Out guides suggest the best places to visit with advice on walks, rides and great days out around the country. The magazine’s website compliments the print product. With over 70,000 unique visitors it is the best way to keep abreast of other country ideas, issues and places to visit.

BBC Countryfile Magazine is published by Immediate Media Company London Limited under licence from BBC Worldwide who help fund new BBC programmes.

The countryside makes us happy – we know that. So follow BBC Countryfile Magazine on dozens of thrilling journeys into enchanting landscapes every issue through gripping features  and tried and tested walks. Along the way, you’ll discover the natural and human history that infuses our unique surroundings – as well as romantic places to stay and the perfect country pubs for well-earn refreshment. With stunning photography and the finest line-up of rural writers in the land, BBC Countryfile Magazine is your monthly escape to rural bliss – you have our word.

Fergus Collins, Editor – BBC Countryfile

Overall, it demonstrates a very traditional approach to landscape imagery, prioritises more romantic, idyllic representations of the British landscape.
Recent issue:
Featured article:

The Best Places to Photograph Wildlife in the UK

Monday 1st August 2011

Head off with your camera across Britain with our shortlist of some of the best places to photograph extraordinary wildlife in the UK

When considering more academic, scientific publications relating to wildlife, I discover British Wildlife Magazine.

british wildlife magazine
The magazine that’s in a class of its own
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Since its launch in 1989, British Wildlife has established its position as the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. There is no other publication that offers such high-quality, authoritative, well-researched and accessible articles on such a wide range of subjects.Published bi-monthly, each issue has 84 information-packed pages. There are several in-depth articles in each issue, covering such diverse subjects as public access and bird conservation, the invasion of the Harlequin Ladybird, ancient woodlands, conserving rare plants, and sharks in British waters. Written by top experts, these articles provide a unique opportunity for naturalists and wildlife conservationists to keep abreast of new discoveries and the latest trends.
All are beautifully illustrated with high quality colour photographs and artworks, and with maps, diagrams and charts where appropriate.The acclaimed ‘Wildlife reports’ section covers the latest news on everything from whales and dolphins to fungi, and is written by a regular team of respected experts, many representing national organisations. If you want to know what’s happening, whether it’s in the world of moths, butterflies, grasshoppers, snails, lichens or bees, this is the place to find the information. Not surprisingly, many readers tell us this is the first section they turn to in the magazine.The ‘Conservation news’ section, compiled by Sue Everett, is a wide-ranging summary of current conservation issues, from changing agricultural policies to pollution threats and changes in the law, making it essential reading for anyone wanting to stay in touch with rapidly changing events.

Other regular features include: Habitat Management News – a review of the latest findings and techniques; regular columns from Peter Marren, Robert Burton and Michael Viney; Reserve Focus/Classic Wildlife Sites – a detailed look at the history, management, wildlife and access to some of Britain’s premier reserves and wildlife hotspots; Identification – features written by expert field naturalists, illustrated by photographs and artworks and covering a wide range of subjects, such as newts, clubmosses, darter dragonflies, bats and beetles; and Book Reviews and Letters.

  • 84 pages per issue
  • Published every other month and delivered direct to your door
  • Illustrated throughout with top quality colour illustrations
  • The only independent magazine covering all aspects of British wildlife and its conservation
  • Accessible – written by acknowledged experts for the non-specialist
  • Authoritative – published with the co-operation of the major British wildlife organisations
  • Regular features – up-to-date wildlife reports, conservation news, habitat management news, book reviews and letters, as well as columns from some of our best wildlife writers

This magazine offers a very different attitude some of my latter examples, like Grist, it prioritises information above illustrations and images due its more specific nature. However, there is a greater demand for high qualities images of a variety flora, fauna, fungi, amphibians, arachnids etc… as well as having a strong interest in keeping up to date with conservation news, sometimes focusing upon British heritage and wildlife sites.

Front Covers:

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A more recently introduced magazine example is Lancashire Walks and Wildlife. As the name suggests, this is more of a regional publication focusing upon ‘picturesque’ countryside locations.  However, there is still scope for environmentally focused photo stories relating to both land and wildlife.

Lancashire Walks and Wildlife is a new magazine offering information on how to get the most from your Lancashire countryside, with picturesque walks through the county’s rich landscape and a detailed look at the region’s diverse wildlife.

Issue 9 out now.

Stunning Lancashire walks

Getting out into the open air and exploring the countryside can be a rewarding experience, even more so when you’re discovering new sights and locations in your own county.

Lancashire Walks and Wildlife bring you the best locations in the region and present them in an easy to follow and informative way. Find out more >>

The region’s wildlife

Lancashire is blessed with a diverse environment that supports a wide variety of wildlife.

The county’s nature reserves are among the finest in the country and offer unique wildlife-watching opportunities.

Lancashire Walks and Wildlife showcase some of these amazing locations, highlight which species to look out for and explain the best ways to look after the region’s wildlife. Find out more >>

Naturally Media

Lancashire Walks and Wildlife is a Naturally Media publication.

Front Cover:

In this issue

  • Our favourite places: The team’s personal highlights from the past year
  • Autumwatch success:
 The BBC’s fantastic time at Leighton Moss
  • Bird factfile: What do birds eat?
  • In your garden:
 Get organised with a wildlife garden calendar

Get your copy →

Lancashire is blessed with a diverse environment that supports a wide variety of wildlife.

The county’s nature reserves are among the finest in the country and offer unique wildlife-watching opportunities.

Lancashire Walks and Wildlife showcases some of these amazing locations, highlight which species to look out for and explains the best ways to look after the region’s wildlife.

Nature reserves

Wetlands, woodlands, coastal and marshes. Lancashire’s nature reserves cover numerous habitats and ecosystems. Walks and Wildlife will explore these reserves and show what they bring to conservation and the local community.

Conservation groups

Working alongside the region’s conservation groups, Walks and Wildlife highlights the good work that is carried out looking after the environment and explain how you can get involved.

Wildlife-watching tips

Wildlife-watching can be easy when you know where to look. Learn how to identify birds, how to find red squirrels or where to go to see a fox.

Garden wildlife

Sometimes you don’t need to go far to discover wildlife. A garden can provide a rewarding and wild experience and attracting new wildlife to the garden can be a fun challenge.

Seasonal sights

What’s here and what’s coming soon? Lancashire Walks and Wildlife will publish rare sightings from around the region, as well as handy guides on which wildlife to be looking out for each month.

Featured images:

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During this research, I also found various publications related to nature/environmental organisations. The first is waterlife, which as a member of Wildfowl & Wetland Trust, I receive quarterly. Waterlife often discusses WWT’s ongoing projects both in the UK and internationally.

The quarterly magazine of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Waterlife magazine is free to members in hard copy. Posted to your home address once a quarter, it keeps you up to date with WWT’s vital conservation work as well as latest news, events and members’ offers at our centres. Join WWT today.

New issues are added to this archive one month after posting to members.

Issue 185: July – September 2013



As part of my pdp, I intend to visit their closest site, Martin Mere. I hope this will establish the groundwork from which I can expand my wildlife knowledge and general intended practice.

My next example is a magazine known worldwide for its informed and professional discussion and documentation of the natural world, National Geographic.

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest non profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

Featured image upon visions of earth, a portfolio that often features some of the best documentary images from across the world.


Photograph by Chang Ming Chih

September 2013

Taiwan—Drawn to the sulfuric fire of a hand-lit acetylene torch, mackerel leap en masse into the nets of a boat near New Taipei City. A few elderly fishermen—working at night from May to September—are the last practitioners of this fishing technique.

As for another example of a publication associated with an environmental organisation includes the wildlife trust.

One of their more recent promotional releases, the state of nature.


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Although often quite infrequent, they often feature a wealth of good quality images and refined written pieces from credible ecologists.

To review this research, I feel as though this insight has offered me a sense of how, where and when images of the natural world are used throughout a variety of sources and publications with varied formats and purposes.

I will continue my research.


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