The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland has a slew of national emblems, yet has only recently caught up with the rest of the world by selecting an official national bird. As the word "United" in the name implies, our nation is a union of four member states, each with their dialect, customs and quirks that shape and define what it means to be British. Here, we not only identify all four lands with four birds that symbolise aspects of our regional and national character, but briefly examine our history with each to show how much we now care for and value our wildlife.
Photo courtesy of Dave Savva, Alchemy Street Film Making for Communication and Interaction.
Painstakingly shot over a period of five years on a nature reserve in Tower Hamlets, captured by means of camouflage, bait and remote camera shutter control. It includes a number of favourite subjects that became less camera shy and more camera friendly as the years went by.
Ever tried to photograph invertebrates in a field on a warm sunny day? Sit in the grass long enough and you’ll soon discover the prickle of thistles, the pain of nettles and the bites and stings of ants, bees, wasps, beetles, mosquito’s and a host of other flies. There are all sorts of spiders to contend with too!