September 26th, 2016

Snap’s put county’s diversity into focus

Updated: 3:03 pm, Aug 07, 2015

THREE local photographers have had their pictures included in the 2016 Worcestershire Wildlife Trust calendar.

Bas Yates, of Inkberrow, snapped a stunning picture of tawny owlets which has been selected as the image for April, Rosemary Morris, also from Inberrrow, braved the chill to photograph frosty leaves for November while Ian Geddes, from Redditch, got right up and close and personal to picture a brown-lipped hedge snail for September.

“It was sheer luck that I found these two tawny owlets,” said Bas.

“I heard rustling above my head and couldn’t believe it when I was these two snuggled up together; fortunately I had my camera with me.”

Ian, meanwhile, didn’t have to be that quick on the draw to capture his snails: “It was after a shower of rain that I spotted a ‘herd’ of these snails on the march in my garden,” he said.

“Fortunately, not being the fastest of creatures I had plenty of time to photograph them in action.”

Rosemary was out on Piper’s Hill nature reserve when she saw her subject: “I just loved the texture and colour of the leaves.”

Their pictures were all entrants in the annual Worcestershire Wildlife Trust photography competition which saw more than 320 images from 62 photographers submitted on the theme of showcasing the county’s diversity.

The winning images feature as full A4 pages in the 2016 calendar and 17 runners-up will have their images as insets alongside the dates.

The calendar is available to buy now from the Trust’s offices or online shop and costs £7. All proceeds will benefit the conservation of Worcestershire’s wildlife and wild places.