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A picture speaks a thousand words

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 March 2014

Rabbit in the buttercups - Robin Morrison

Rabbit in the buttercups - Robin Morrison

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Love Somerset, Love Nature - that's the message Somerset Wildlife Trust is asking local people to get behind as it celebrates its golden anniversary year - and these stunning images capture just that

Reed bunting in snow - Victoria HillmanReed bunting in snow - Victoria Hillman

From the woods and valleys of the Quantock and Mendip Hills to the low lying wetlands of the Levels and Moors, Somerset’s diversity of habitats are home to an array of birds, mammals, insects and plants.

These 12 beautiful images are the winning entries in the trust’s photographic competition and will be featured in its popular Wild Somerset calendar for 2015.

The overall winning entry is Reed bunting in snow by Victoria Hillman, with Rabbit in the buttercups by Robin Morrison and Ball Hill by John Samuels highly commended.

Trust president, TV producer, author and naturalist Stephen Moss, joined the trust’s team to judge the competition.

Ball Hill near Stawell on Christmas Day - John SamuelsBall Hill near Stawell on Christmas Day - John Samuels

Stephen said: “The reed bunting is a lovely portrait of this shy little wetland bird, embedded in its reed bed habitat. Ball Hill is a very evocative winter scene; an unusual but effective composition and the rabbit in the buttercups is a lovely picture redolent of summer days.”

The 12 calendar images are online now and people are being invited to vote for their favourite in The People’s Choice. Visit somersetwildlife.org/50

Calendar

January - Misty morning moo by Jeremy Hill. Taken during sunrise over the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury.

February - Reed bunting in snow by Victoria Hillman. Taken at Shapwick Heath in very snowy conditions. “I chose to enter this image as it illustrates the harsh winters that we often get in Somerset and the struggle the wildlife has to find food,” said Victoria.

March - Woodland carpet by Jeremy Hill. Taken early morning at StockHill Woods on top of the Mendips.

April - Rabbit in the buttercups by Robin Morrison. The rabbits around a large warren on Herne Hill, Ilminster.

May - Buff tip moth caterpillars by Harold Hurford. Photographed on a birch tree in the garden.

June - Large blues by Mark Pike. Large blue butterflies at Collard Hill.

July - Kingfisher by Liam Culliford.

August - Bee at work by Martyn Lacey. Taken at Cothelstone on the Quantocks.

September - River Barle by Martyn Lacey. This shot was taken on the River Barle, close to Tarr Steps.

October - Crimson wax cap by Harold Hurford. Taken on Dolberrow Warren in leaf litter.

November – Ball Hill near Stawell by John Samuels. Taken looking south from the A39.

December - Fox in the snow by Graham Hall. Unusually spotted in the wild during daylight.

What’s on:

50 years of Wildlife Conservation by Somerset Wildlife Trust. Hear CEO Simon Nash and the Somerset Wildlife Trust team talk about the county’s natural wonders and be inspired about the future of local nature conservation.

March 5, 7.30-9.30pm: Shapwick Village Hall, Shapwick. Organised by the Polden Area Group, entrance £2.

April 29, 7.30-9pm: Wells Museum, Wells. Organised by the Wells Area Group, entrance £2.50 members, £3 non-members.

This article was first published in the March issue of Somerset Life. To get the magazine delivered every month to your home, subscribe at www.subscriptionsave.co.uk/som or call 08448484217

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