Caught in the act! Wildlife photography

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A group of birds feeding together on a lake WWT Slimbridge

With 10 havens of nature located in choice spots around the UK, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) has more than its fair share of stunning wildlife photography to inspire a visit, join us as we take a look at our favourite candid nature snaps

From Llanelli to Slimbridge the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust works hard to protect, restore and even create new wetlands, bringing people closer to nature in the process. Home to all sorts of inspiring wildlife, the UK’s wetlands provide homes for a huge variety of creatures and plants year-round, as well as playing an important role in natural flood protection. So naturally, when visiting this unique biome, there’s ample opportunity to photograph some of it. We’ve collated 10 of our favourite candid wildlife photographs that truly capture the majesty, beauty and humour of the UK’s wetland areas.

Whether you’re on the lookout for wading birds, secretive amphibians or simply some beautiful flora, there’s something for every nature lover at WWT’s sites around the UK. And now, as part of your Boundless membership, you can enjoy unlimited access to all 10 WWT locations including, free admission for one additional guest plus free entry for up to six children (worth £73 per visit). 

The fun doesn’t stop in colder weather either, visitors this winter can enjoy a variety of seasonally exclusive events from the chance to feed wild birds to witnessing jaw-dropping murmurations of starlings (which can take place from October to March). And with so much to see, there’s already a broad stock of photography from the creatures and plants at these sites to enjoy and inspire.

1. Enjoying a light lunch

Water Vole eating in water

Water Vole eating in water – Credit Paul Stevens & WWT


2. Spying on the neighbours 

Common Frog at London wetlands centre

Common Frog – Credit Nick Cottrell & WWT


3. Taking the kids to school

Adult Mute Swan with cygnets

Adult Mute Swan with cygnets at London Wetland Centre – Credit Martin Senior & WWT


4. Heading away on holiday

Flock of Black-tailed Godwits flying at Slimbridge

Flock of Black-tailed Godwits flying at Slimbridge - Credit James Lees & WWT


5. Disciplining troublemakers

Hawaiian Goose or Nene with goslings (captive)

Hawaiian Goose or Nene with goslings (captive) – Credit Malcolm Marner & WWT


6. In a hurry

Male Northern Pintail in flight at Slimbridge

Male Northern Pintail in flight at Slimbridge – Credit James Lees & WWT


7. Arriving home

Whooper swans flock flying at Welney at sunset

Whooper swans flock flying at Welney at sunset – Credit Dan Evans & WWT


8. A disagreement in the snow

Bewick's Swans fighting in the snow at Slimbridge

Bewick's Swans fighting in the snow at Slimbridge – Credit WWT


9. Walking the catwalk

group of Caribbean flamingos

A group of Caribbean flamingos at WWT Slimbridge – Credit Tony Tanner & WWT


10. Hopping with an audience

Family playing on stepping stones in front of flamingos at Slimbridge

Family playing on stepping stones at Slimbridge – Credit Sacha Dench & WWT 


Do more with Boundless

WWT offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with all kinds of fascinating species, from otters to flamingos as well as lots for the whole family to enjoy including sculpture trails, mindfulness workshops, canoe safaris, pond dipping, a life-size Lego trail and much more. Simply show your Boundless membership card and a form of photo ID on entry and enjoy free admission to all WWT sites for one adult and up to six children. To find out more visit boundless.co.uk/wwt

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