Conclusion

Over the duration of this module, I feel as though I have developed a variety of objectives that will assist me within my future intended practice.

For my first two objectives, I visited relevant locations and produced a series of landscape and wildlife images, from this complied an edit of the most successful examples and considered their purpose and intentionality.

For my third objective, I considered methods of gaining experience or training within conservation and/or environmental fields. From my research, I highlighted a variety of potential sources and opportunities for this both current and future consideration. I resolved this by reflecting upon potential areas of specialisations.

For my fourth objective, I completed a variety of tasks relating to practical considerations for independent photographic practice. I started by researching methods of self promotion, marketing and networking and identifying ideas for future consideration. I then researched and reflected upon essential photographic equipment I will need to acquire for independent practice. To resolve this, I considered potential branding and business card designs, highlighting both generic and specific designs.

Overall, I believe I have successfully set out to and completed my intended objectives and feel as though I have learnt both practical and contextual knowledge of the core principles of what will become my independent photographic aspirations.

Research: Potential Business Card Designs

For my final post in my practical considerations for independent photographic practice, I decided to formulate ideas about potential business cards and with it an acknowledgement of a potential market.

I started this by looking for simple design examples that I felt were successful or appealed to me in an aesthetic sense.

I used vistaprint premium business cards as point of reference in seeing what pre-made design templates were available. From this, I have highlighted a selection of the ones I found to be visually impacting/appealing.

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From this, I was able to consider what elements I felt were important to convey, whether that be for a more generic, general use business card or a more specialised card for specific contacts or potential clients.

I started to think more specifically about what practical applications I could follow in the beginning of my photography career/business. To begin, I believe it is likely I will aim produce freelance work within a variety of general photographic fields. However, within this, I will set out to continue to build my more specialised portfolio based around the concepts of conservation, environmental, landscapes, nature, wildlife, travel and adventure photography.

I decided to reflect upon my photographic interests and my recent research considerations as means thinking about potential branding for my photographic work.

In my last post, I started to discuss my desire to eventually specialise my hands on and photographic work towards coastal and marine areas of conservation. This started to make me think about ways to communicate this theme or other ways to define my business name or title.

 

Whilst in the process of designing a potential logo/title for a business card, I thought about way my name looked in a more formalised display.

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When considering the inclusion of my middle name, this reinforced that my initials read H.M.S. I thought out the possible representation of word play associated with Her Majesty’s Ship and my intentions to potentially create photographic work based in coastal and marine areas. Even if this was not the direct reflection of my work (to begin with), it still have me an branding idea to distinguish my business name.

From this, I began to build a rough version of a generic and specific business card design.

Generic:

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Specific

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Overall, I feel as though I have been able to formulate a few potential considerations and visual ideas for possible branding and business card design.

Potential Areas of Environmental/Conservational Specialization or Photographic interest

Recently, I have started to build a list of considerations for environmental and conservation fields in which I could develop experience and/or training as means of gaining access to ecological significance sites, enhance my networking options or create further opportunities to develop photographic projects.

For my final post, I want to reflect upon the areas or subjects that I feel passionate about or that I feel would provide me with more flexible options for more developed work.

When beginning to first build my aspirations as a wildlife photographer, there were various subjects that I felt strongly about protecting. I feel a strong connection with mammalian animals, especially primates and other more advanced animals, finding their cognitive abilities and complex behaviours to be incredibly fascinating. Although, I had always acknowledged this as likely to be of interest to many other aspiring wildlife photographers and film makers.

Throughout the duration of my third year, I’d started to consider this in more practical sense or at least with greater acknowledgement for some of the most ecologically significant areas.

I considered the appeal of ornithology, although not matching the mental complexity of mammals, birds are still interesting subjects in a contextual and aesthetic sense and have much higher populations than their mammalian equivalents in the UK. One downside to this, is working with a large majority of bird subjects leads to a higher competitive market of other bird enthusiasts.

Another potential issue with any of these considerations is when working with any highly protected species, there will be a long process of approval, permits and considerable costs associated with this, which is difficult for a beginner with financial support, therefore it would likely be better to avoid more specialised areas such as birds of prey.

Leading towards my final major project, I started to consider aspects relating to water based wildlife and hydrology. Throughout this project I start reflect more upon my intended direction and think about potential specialisations or subjects within this. In my consideration of coastal and marine areas, I noted how significant the consequences of man made influences create an aesthetic and ecological ripple effect upon sensitive marine eco-systems.

Upon reflection of this and my recent research, I became interesting in developing relevant skill sets and hands on experience in these areas. I listed a variety of volunteer positions relevant to this, some local, other requiring long distance commuting or relocation.

Research Volunteer

Organisation: Liverpool Bay Marine Life Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Merseyside
Hours: Either
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Mon 30 June 14
Contact name: Mathew Clough
Contact telephone: 07504516705
Contact email: mathewclough@liverpoolbaymlt.org

Liverpool Bay Marine Life Trust is seeking local volunteers to help in the running of several exciting new marine wildlife projects in Merseyside. The charity is based in Birkenhead, Merseyside, and aims to monitor cetaceans, sharks and seals in Liverpool Bay by studying abundance and distribution through both land and boat based surveys. Volunteers will be required to take part in a number of tasks including: – Land-based cetacean watches – Land-based seal surveys and photo-identification – shark tagging surveys – data entry – social media and blogging – public awareness – school visits and talks – attending public events representing Liverpool Bay Marine Life Trust Essential skills and qualifications: – strong interest in marine wildlife – ability to work reliably and independently – good knowledge of Microsoft Office Desirable skills and qualifications: – background in zoology/ecology/biology – previous experience in photo-identification – basic knowledge of DSLR cameras – experience in public speaking Volunteers are expected to commit at least 8 hours per month. The work is on-going and volunteer work is available throughout the year, however, we are particularly in need of volunteers to support us during the months of May to August. Unfortunately we cannot provide accommodation for volunteers at this time.

Community & Conservation Volunteer

Organisation: Scottish Wildlife Trust
Salary: Accommodation provided
Location: Isle of Eigg, Scotland
Hours: Either
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Fri 30 May 14
Website: scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk
Contact name: Tasha Lancaster
Contact email: volunteer@isleofeigg.net

Volunteer Role / Title Community & Conservation Volunteer Location Isle of Eigg, Small Isles, PH42 4RL How many volunteers are needed? 3 in May & 2 in June How many hours per day/per week do we need you for? 5-7hrs/day – 5days/wk – May & June 2014 On which days are you needed? Monday – Friday / Saturday & Sunday off On what date do we want you to start? ASAP Minimum commitment required from the volunteer (eg 1 day per week for 6 months). If any. 1 week minimum but you can stay for up to 2 months. The accommodation can accommodate up to 3 volunteers at any one time. Objective(s) of the volunteer role Volunteers on Eigg work amidst the fresh sea air, live, eat and work with like-minded people, learn about conservation management through practical work and direct observation, have an insight into island life and contributing enormously to the islands infrastructure. Tasks • Beach cleans, marine litter monitoring, litter picking, bramble & bracken management, herb garden weeding, natural regeneration management, helping with community events and ceilidhs or if you can bring a specific skill to the island then please let us know in your application form. Description of the personal attributes/skills/qualifications required • Enthusiastic caring folk with a love for the outdoors. Work well as part of a team, at times volunteers will be without supervision so it is essential that you are self-motivated and can work independently. Support/training? All volunteers will have an induction to their volunteering role that involves an overview of the relevant policies and procedures and what is expected of them and vice versa. Following induction, volunteers will have regular support and supervision meetings, discussions to identify areas for development, or to discuss any issues. Training is provided to ensure safety is paramount to the volunteer and others whilst working with tools. Who is the contact person/line manager for enquiries? Tasha Lancaster, volunteer@isleofeigg.net Closing date for applications 30/05/14 When will interviews be held? N/A – Application forms, informal telephone discussions & emails are used as our selection process Can SWT provide expenses e.g. for travel or branded clothing? Unfortunately not. Will you want references from volunteers before appointing or PVGdisclosure? No Other (Any age restriction, lifts available? Disabled access?) Age restriction 18yrs. Due to the location, terrain and activities a good level of fitness and common sense is required. Accommodation is provided on the island by the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust for which a contribution of £15 per week is required to help with household running costs. Food – there is a well stocked shop on the island, but if staying for longer periods then you could bring basic items such as pasta/rice over in bulk.

Aquarist Volunteer

Organisation: Falmouth Aquarium
Location: Falmouth
Hours: Either
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Mon 02 June 14
Website: www.falmouthaquarium.com
Contact name: Chloe Kingston
Contact telephone: 0132611211
Contact email: falmouthaquarium@gmail.com

The Falmouth Aquarium is now looking for summer aquarist interns to assist the senior aquarist with day to day fish care and husbandry duties. Internship Position: The Falmouth Aquarium aquarist summer intern will assist the manager in the day to day tasks of running an aquarium with tropical and Cornish marine life. You will be actively involved and hands on, learning about how to care for both tropical fish and cold water UK fish. You will be trained to provide daily husbandry for a diverse collection of marine fishes and invertebrates. Through one-on-one training and hands-on exercises, you will become competent in the care and maintenance of each of our exhibits. You will also learn how to work for a small marine conservation charity. If you are intersted, you have the opportunity to learn and gain skills in fundraising, business skills, grant writing, youth outreach and education and other skills. You will also be offered an array of professional development courses during your internship, which could include (but subject to availability): ‘Managing People’, ‘Team Leading’, ‘Marketing Award’, ‘Business Skills’, ‘Teaching Award’, ‘Youth Leadership’ and other course that come up. The Summer Aquarist Internship Position is 10 weeks in duration, with two options during the summer term. The first internship opportunity begins on June 2nd until August 10th, and the second position begins on July 7th and ends on September 8th. These dates may be flexible depending on circumstances. Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities for our interns will include, but are not limited to: – daily food preparation and feeding – exhibit and behind-the-scenes cleaning – record keeping – Water quality testing and maintenance – animal observation – guest interpretation – quarantine procedures optional: – grant research and writing – youth education – public speaking – supervising skills – managing skills – business admin – marketing experience Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities for position: • Desire to work in close proximity to marine fish and invertebrates. • Willingness to get wet and dirty. • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively to staff and visitors alike. •Ability to manage multiple tasks. . interest in marine conservation and the marine field Desired: • knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats. • Some background knowledge of marine aquarium keeping. Selection: To apply, please send your CV and covering letter in an email to falmouthaquarium@gmail.com All qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a skype video interview or an in person interview with our Aquarist Internship Coordinator. Candidates will be competitively selected on the basis of knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, reliability, and punctuality. The Falmouth Aquarium The Falmouth Aquarium is located in a four storey townhouse in the centre of Falmouth, a town full of maritime history and culture. Our exhibits bring the public closer to fish – we provide a more personal experience with corals, small colourful and rare tropical fish and the chance to see tiny creatures that live under the sea that the public wouldn’t normally be able to observe, rather than focusing on large marine mammals like other aquariums. The Aquarium is a small charity, with large goals and ambitions. Our mission is to educate the general public on the various challenges facing our marine environment both now and in the future. Our objective is to inform the public on current marine conservation issues in locally, nationally and internationally

Living Seas Fisheries & Wildlife Voluntary Trainee

Organisation: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Flamborough
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Fri 30 May 14
Website: www.ywt.org.uk
Contact name: Jo Meays
Contact telephone: 01904 659570
Contact email: jo.meays@ywt.org.uk

With support from the European Fisheries Fund we have now started an exciting new programme to engage and work with the Yorkshire coast shellfish industry to encourage responsible fishing methods. This programme also includes delivery of events and production of materials to show the links between a productive fishery and healthy marine environment. You will gain experience in:-

  • Assisting with the preparation of fisheries events such as food festivals and edible ocean workshops.
  • Assisting with the delivery of Living Seas Safari boat trips by providing a commentary for members of the public.
  • Assisting with the day-to-day running of The Living Seas Centre including occasional tasks with school groups.
  • Assisting with and taking a lead on the running of public awareness events.
  • Recruiting new members to YWT through the Living Seas Centre.
  • Raising the profile for Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts Living Seas work, through social media and press releases, and keeping people informed of exciting sightings, events and campaigns.
  • Following training, support YWTs Snorkel and Seasearch programme
  • Assist with coordination of small projects such as Waves of Waste and the non native species plates.

This placement is for 6-12 months, 3-5 days a week, including occasional evenings and weekends, and comes with a training budget for external training; a varied internal training program and reasonable travel expenses. To apply see our trainee webpage by clicking ‘more information’ below; email jo.meays@ywt.org.uk or phone 01904 659570 Closing date: 30th May 2014 by noon Interview date: 9th June 2014

REF        1273-VOL-30/5

JOB        COMMUNITY & CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS x 5

BE4        ASAP (Opportunities Available May & June)

LOC        ISLE OF EIGG

PAY        Subsidised accommodation available

FOR        ISLE OF EIGG HERITAGE TRUST

DES        Opportunities to live and work on the wonderful island of Eigg.  Help the local community by undertaking a mixture of practical work such as beach cleans, marine litter monitoring, bramble & bracken management and helping with community events .BUT   Minimum 1 week stay up to 2 months.  £15 per week contribution towards accommodation running costs will be required from  each volunteer.  You will need to provide your own food.   ASK   Contact Tasha Lancaster volunteer@isleofeigg.net and see volunteer page atwww.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

As well as identifying courses or training that would suitable towards this specialisation.

Although I still acknowledge this a desirable specialisation and will continue to look for general opportunities that will guide me towards gaining greater access and relevant contacts/associations with environmental and conservation organisations. This will likely start with some of the position I listed as local volunteer opportunities.

Research: Potential Environmental/Conservation Volunteer Positions, Placements and Work experience (2)

For this post, I decided to continue my research of potential volunteer positions, internships and work experience opportunities within environmental and/or conservation fields. Once again, this will involve both past and present positions as point of reference for current and future opportunities within these fields. I started by looking at a few local entry level opportunities in environmental or conservation volunteer work. A found a wide variety of potential positions that may assist me in becoming more involved into these fields, as well as creating potential contacts and access options for sites of ecological significance.

Practical Environmental Projects

The Conservation Volunteers

About the opportunity

BTCV is the Uk’s largest practical conservation charity, supporting people who take positive action in our countryside, towns and cities. The Bury and Rochdale group enables volunteers to carry out practical conservation work such as woodland management, tree planting, footpath construction, pond work and hedge laying within Bury, Rochdale and Oldham. It is also a great chance to meet new people and learn new skills.

About The Conservation Volunteers

We take out teams of volunteers to sites all over Oldham, Rochdale and Bury. The projects we do include building footpaths, woodland management, tree planting and hedge laying. Experience is not necessary as training is provided. It’s a great way to improve the countryside, meet people, improve your health and gain new skills.

What are they looking for?

Any necessary training is provided by BTCV

Elton Reservoir Practical Volunteer

The Conservation Volunteers

About the opportunity

Volunteers will carry out practical tasks to improve the access and habitats around Elton Reservoir in Radcliffe. Tasks will include footpath construction, woodland management, reed bed creation and vegetation clearance.

About The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers takes volunteers into the countryside and green spaces of Greater Manchester to do practical conservation activities. These vary from footpath creation to woodland management, tree planting and step building.

What are they looking for?

No previous experience is necessary, full training is given. Please note that you must be 16 plus to take part in this opportunity. 16 – 18 year olds must have parental consent.

Bee-Keeping Volunteers

The Ascension Paradise Garden & Community Space

About the opportunity

We need volunteers to get involved in bee-keeping and related activities in our ‘Paradise Garden’ on the land surrounding The Ascension Church Community Space in Lower Broughton, Salford. No Experience necessary and training will be provided. The aim of the project is to create a network of local community groups to interconnect and produce honey, bees wax and related activities. Bee-hives are soon to be introduced via the local bee-keeping initiative, the ‘Salford Bee Collective’, under the umbrella of the ‘Irwell Valley and Sustainable Communities Project’. The hives will be looked after by a group of volunteers who will benefit from training and practical activities involved in keeping bees and producing honey. Get in touch! We will be starting training in late Feb & March. So do not delay-get in touch!

What are they looking for?

Anyone from the local Salford area can get involved – all that we ask is that volunteers have a ‘can do’ attitude and share our vision of a Paradise Garden and enjoy becoming involved in this innovative community project. No Experience necessary and training will be provided.

Manchester National Trust Volunteers – Conservation volunteers

Manchester National Trust Volunteers

About the opportunity

The Manchester National Trust Volunteers (MNTV) are an outdoor conservation group affiliated to the National Trust (NT). We help with practical conservation work on NT properties mainly in the North West, eg cutting down and burning rhododendron ponticum, repairing/re-laying footpaths, hedgelaying, clearing ponds/rivers, woodland maintenance, planting saplings/cotton plants or any other tasks to assist the NT Rangers. The local properties where we volunteer are Dunham Massey, the Styal Estate, Lyme Park, Hare Hill Gardens and the areas of Alderley Edge and High Peak, although we also work at properties further afield such as Biddulph Grange Garden, Speke Hall, Formby, Thurstaston and Helsby Hill. We volunteer mainly on Sundays but also have a few working weekend visits further afield each year, eg in the Peak District, the Lake District and Yorkshire. There is also a social side to our group and we have monthly events such as pub nights, ten pin bowling, theatre trips and walks. Come and join us for a great day of fresh air, exercise, new friends, learn new skills and a real sense of having done something important to help a special place. New members are always welcome. Age is no obstacle although a reasonable amount of fitness is necessary (unfortunately we are unable to work with those under 18 unless accompanied by an adult).

What are they looking for?

No qualifications necessary, but a reasonable amount of fitness is needed

How will you benefit?

Fresh air, exercise, meeting new friends, learning new skills and a real sense of having done something important to help a special place

Bolton Conservation – Volunteers

Bolton Conservation Volunteers

About the opportunity

Volunteers are required to do conservation work, tree planting, hedge laying, pond work etc. This opportunity is available on Sunday only.

About Bolton Conservation Volunteers

Practical wildlife conservation, tree planting, hedge laying, pond work etc.

What are they looking for?

Practical conservation skills.

Croal Irwell Valley – Ranger Service – Conservation Volunteers

Croal Irwell Valley Voluntary Ranger Service

About the opportunity

Volunteers are needed to carry out practical conservation tasks in the country parks. There are opportunities to help with events and with groups and to assist with patrolling.

About Croal Irwell Valley Voluntary Ranger Service

This is a local authority countryside ranger service and carries out practical conservation work, patrolling, events and environmental education.

What are they looking for?

Good team work skills, communication skills, physical fitness for some tasks/activities.

Getting there

Moses Gate – train station or bus 524. Smithills Country Park – bus 525, 526, 527.

Conservation Volunteer

Partington Green Gym

About the opportunity

Become involved in practical conservation projects on the new Partington Nature Reserve. Activities include wildflower planting, tree planting, woodland management, pond creation, clearing invasive species and improving the footpaths through the woodland. Takes place – every Thursday afternoon

About Partington Green Gym

A range of practical projects, giving you the opportunity to tackle physical jobs in the outdoors – improving your strength and stamina, boosting your practical skills and confidence and benefitting your local green spaces

Practical Volunteer

Lancashire Wildlife Trust

About the opportunity

This role involves a mixture of traditional hands-on practical outdoor conservation and green woodwork. The conservation work includes dead hedging, hedge laying, fencing work, species control and tree work on nature reserves and local outdoor spaces. With the green woodwork we use traditional tools and equipment to recycle wood that has been cut in conservation sessions and we make items like chairs for our centre, signs for the nature reserve and traditional pieces of equipment for other volunteers to use. This role is for volunteers aged 16-25 but we have many other roles available for all ages.

About Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Conservation

What are they looking for?

An interest in the outdoors and practical work

Getting there

From Manchester take the train to Bolton. Turn right at the station and walk over the railway bridge towards Bury Road. We are based in the offices on Seven Acres Nature Reserve.

Practical conservation task days

The Conservation Volunteers

About the opportunity

The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places. Through our own environmental projects we see people taking responsibility for their own local environments. Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Visit our website http://www.tcv.org to find your local office details and activities near to you, as the work varies from day to day and season to season. You can volunteer for as many or as few days as you like, there is no regular commitment needed. In the winter you can expect to be tree planting, hedgelaying, creating and maintaining ponds and wetlands and coppicing, whilst in the summer months you could be dry stone walling, constructing wildlife areas in schools, creating footpaths and boundaries and undertaking invasive species removal. In urban areas we are likely to be at work transforming derelict or waste space into green space for the benefit of the local community and wildlife. It s fun, it s different, it s good for you and there is no charge to join in! We provide: Fully trained leaders Training & a safety briefing First Aid provision An introduction to the work on site Tools, protective clothing, hot drinks and water Transport to the project site MAY be available from a specific pick up point – contact the office for details Volunteer insurance for Public Liability and Personal Accident (but not insurance for loss or damage to personal property) You need to bring: packed lunch suitable outdoor clothes suitable outdoor footwear

About The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places. Through our own environmental projects we see people taking responsibility for their own local environments. Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Join in and feel good with our practical activities in the green spaces of Greater Manchester. Get involved in anything from putting in some new steps, to planting trees or learning the ancient arts of coppicing, hedgelaying and dry stone walling. Our activities vary throughout the year so there will always be something of interest to someone.

What are they looking for?

No previous experience or particular levels of physical fitness required. Activities are inclusive and available for all abilities. You will be asked to complete a Volunteer Welfare form and to keep us advised of any medical conditions you may have, but if in doubt please check with the local office as to whether a particular activity is advisable for you.

How will you benefit?

Learn new skills Meet variety of different people Enhance CV Improve physical and mental wellbeing Satisfaction gained from improving local green spaces http://www.tcv.org.uk/ From this, I decided to focus upon a variety of volunteering and internship opportunities, using a environmental jobs as a point of reference. As I mentioned in my previous post, several require a significant commitment for relocation or commuting costs, however, they offer a potential scope in developing contacts and constructive skill set that would be helpful in becoming more involved in environmental fields. Despite this, there were still a few more local examples in around the North West or were home based. http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/volunteering

Volunteer Campaigner

Organisation: Environmental Investment Organisation
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Home Based
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Tue 30 September 14
Website: www.eio.org.uk
Contact name: Sam Gill
Contact telephone: 07983240336
Contact email: recruitment@eio.org.uk

Would you like to be part of an exciting movement to tackle climate change? We are the Project One Percent movement. Our mission: to tackle climate change. How? Through Environmental Tracking: a market-mechanism designed to drive the world’s largest companies to lower emissions and improve transparency by talking to them in a language they understand: money. Approximately a quarter of the money invested in the stock market is invested through indexes like the FTSE [UK], S&P [US], Nikkei [Japan] or your national equivalent. That’s a lot of money. Around $15 trillion in fact. Picture this. What if we could harness the power of that money so that every time a company pursued an environmentally damaging course of action it also damaged its share price, pushing up the cost of capital for polluting companies? Suddenly companies would be presented with an incentive to cut emissions. Luckily we can. But we need your help to make it happen. We are joining forces on a local level, all around the world, to demand that financial institutions, and in particular the people managing our pensions [and futures] start supporting Environmental Tracking. More specifically, we are calling on financial institutions to invest 1% of their funds in Environmental Tracking indexes. This is hardly a radical proposal since most already invest in indexes just like them, only traditional indexes prop up companies that are wrecking the climate. We are looking for campaigners to form local groups, plan, organise and execute effective campaigns. This will involve:

  • Effectively shaping & articulating the narrative around this issue.
  • Raising awareness about the campaign & building support locally.
  • Turning up the heat on the campaign targets.
  • Sustaining the pressure over time.
  • And ultimately winning!

In return you will get a chance to:

  • Be part of a global network of smart, passionate and motivated people.
  • Gain experience in the process of building and executing a campaign.
  • Make a real impact by contributing to an initiative focused on tackling climate change, considered by many as the biggest threat to organised human society we have ever faced.

Suggested level of contribution 2-5 hours per week. To get involved please fill out your details at the following web address: projectonepercent.org/join/ For more information please email info@projectonepercent.org

 

Living Seas Fisheries & Wildlife Voluntary Trainee

Organisation: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Flamborough
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Fri 30 May 14
Website: www.ywt.org.uk
Contact name: Jo Meays
Contact telephone: 01904 659570
Contact email: jo.meays@ywt.org.uk

With support from the European Fisheries Fund we have now started an exciting new programme to engage and work with the Yorkshire coast shellfish industry to encourage responsible fishing methods. This programme also includes delivery of events and production of materials to show the links between a productive fishery and healthy marine environment. You will gain experience in:-

  • Assisting with the preparation of fisheries events such as food festivals and edible ocean workshops.
  • Assisting with the delivery of Living Seas Safari boat trips by providing a commentary for members of the public.
  • Assisting with the day-to-day running of The Living Seas Centre including occasional tasks with school groups.
  • Assisting with and taking a lead on the running of public awareness events.
  • Recruiting new members to YWT through the Living Seas Centre.
  • Raising the profile for Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts Living Seas work, through social media and press releases, and keeping people informed of exciting sightings, events and campaigns.
  • Following training, support YWTs Snorkel and Seasearch programme
  • Assist with coordination of small projects such as Waves of Waste and the non native species plates.

This placement is for 6-12 months, 3-5 days a week, including occasional evenings and weekends, and comes with a training budget for external training; a varied internal training program and reasonable travel expenses. To apply see our trainee webpage by clicking ‘more information’ below; email jo.meays@ywt.org.uk or phone 01904 659570 Closing date: 30th May 2014 by noon Interview date: 9th June 2014

Admin / Projects Intern

Organisation: West Cumbria Rivers Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Near Keswick, Cumbria
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Fri 30 May 14
Website: www.westcumbriariverstrust.org
Contact email: info@westcumbriariverstrust.org

West Cumbria Rivers Trust (WCRT) is an environmental charity working to preserve and improve the wildlife and habitats of rivers, lakes and the surrounding countryside in North and West Cumbria. We are looking for a volunteer to assist our small team of project officers with office administration and delivery of projects. This is a voluntary position, which would suit somebody looking for work experience within the environmental sector following completion of higher education or career change; or a retired person willing to assist a local environmental charity. We are looking for commitment for a minimum of 6 months from June 2014; 2 or 3 days a week (working days can be flexible). The position is based at our office at Thirlmere, near Keswick. The successful applicant will undertake a range of tasks such as ordering and maintaining equipment, helping populate our databases, website blogging and social media, assisting with events and fundraising and a wide range of other duties as required. In return, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain a range of valuable skills within a rapidly expanding environmental charity. There will be the opportunity to accompany project officers in the field to gain further field experience if the successful candidate wishes. Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to info@westcumbriariverstrust.org. For more information regarding our work, projects and area please visit our website – http://www.westcumbriariverstrust.org.

Marketing and Communications Volunteer

Organisation: Campaign to Protect Rural England
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Home Based – West Midlands
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Fri 06 June 14
Website: www.cpre.org.uk
Contact name: Steve Anderson
Contact telephone: 07881102574
Contact email: steveanderson62@live.co.uk

The Campaign to Protect Rural England fights for the English countryside, working locally and nationally, to protect and enhance our beautiful, thriving countryside. Hills, valleys, rivers, seashore and, perhaps above all, the wonderful patchwork of fields and villages, crafted over centuries, the image that most of us have in our minds of the quintessential England. Yet the landscape we love so dearly is under threat as never before. There are not enough houses for our burgeoning population and successive governments, anxious to build them, have ridden roughshod over the planning legislation, often with devastating effect. We are, in fact, facing a crisis. While we accept the need for new houses, we oppose the wholesale development of the countryside, including our national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Green Belt – largely devised and promoted by the CPRE. We must act decisively, vigorously and publicly if we are to succeed in our aims. Therefore, to help the West Midlands Region, we are looking for an individual with marketing and communications skills to promote our campaigns and put both the region, and the five individual branches, into the public domain. County-based branches carry out campaigning throughout England. They are clustered into regions, which aim to influence decision-making on a range of environmental and land-use issues. The West Midlands region comprises branches in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, as well as covering the West Midlands conurbation area. We have been successful in opposing motorway proposals, arguing for housing on brownfield sites, promoting rural services as well as protecting our precious landscapes. Activities we need a volunteer to assist with include:

  • Ensuring National campaigns (such as the Save our Countryside Campaign) get improved coverage in the region
  • Identify campaigning areas/topics the branches/region wants to promote and identifying strategies to maximise public awareness
  • Support branches/region in maximising publicity around local issues Identify opportunities to promote the work of CPRE and increase local membership
  • Identify opportunities to reach new audiences using social media, etc.

For further details, contact steveanderson62@live.co.uk

Wildlife Champions – North West

Organisation: Sustrans
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Various North West
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Wed 22 October 14
Website: www.sustrans.org.uk
Contact telephone: 0161 923 6053
Contact email: volunteers-nw@sustrans.org.uk

We are currently looking for wildlife champions to cover our greenways, in the North West this includes:

  • Chester Millennium Greenway (part of Route 5)
  • Fallowfield Loopline (Route 6)
  • Workington to Seaton/Siddick (part of Hadrian’s Cycleway, Route 72)
  • Liverpool Loopline (Route 62)
  • Oldham to Ashton under Lyne (Route 626)
  • Godley to Apethorne (part of the Trans Pennine Trail West, route 62)
  • Whitehaven to Sheriff’s Gate, Rowrah (Route 71)

You will be responsible for monitoring biodiversity. This involves collecting data that enables us to record, improve and promote the diversity of wildlife on walking and cycling routes. The project will enable us to audit, preserve and promote biodiversity on the National Cycle Network, and also involve new groups of people in understanding the natural world around them. Summary of tasks As a wildlife champion your activities will include:

  • checking your route regularly
  • monitoring the wildlife on your route
  • reporting back in your audits
  • take part in, or organising, workdays and events to engage new members of the community in using and caring for their local greenways.

Skills required You don’t need to be a wildlife or biodiversity expert to take part! All you need is interest, enthusiasm and dedication. Time commitment You will be expected to monitor your allocated section every month to allow us to gain an accurate picture of the area’s biodiversity. This should take no more than a few hours. In addition you will need to dedicate a day or two a year to supporting or organising an engagement event in your area. Training and support offered

  • An initial training and induction session will be provided regionally.
  • In addition, Sustrans organises a number of days throughout the year, which will offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers, and training in relevant skills. External training is also available to enable you to lead rides or walks with the general public.
  • You will also receive regular communications to support you in your role, including an online community of volunteers and regular newsletters on the project’s progress.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/volunteer/get-involved/vacancies/wildlife-champions-throughout-north-west

Community & Conservation Volunteer

Organisation: Scottish Wildlife Trust
Salary: Accommodation provided
Location: Isle of Eigg, Scotland
Hours: Either
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Fri 30 May 14
Website: scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk
Contact name: Tasha Lancaster
Contact email: volunteer@isleofeigg.net

Volunteer Role / Title Community & Conservation Volunteer Location Isle of Eigg, Small Isles, PH42 4RL How many volunteers are needed? 3 in May & 2 in June How many hours per day/per week do we need you for? 5-7hrs/day – 5days/wk – May & June 2014 On which days are you needed? Monday – Friday / Saturday & Sunday off On what date do we want you to start? ASAP Minimum commitment required from the volunteer (eg 1 day per week for 6 months). If any. 1 week minimum but you can stay for up to 2 months. The accommodation can accommodate up to 3 volunteers at any one time. Objective(s) of the volunteer role Volunteers on Eigg work amidst the fresh sea air, live, eat and work with like-minded people, learn about conservation management through practical work and direct observation, have an insight into island life and contributing enormously to the islands infrastructure. Tasks • Beach cleans, marine litter monitoring, litter picking, bramble & bracken management, herb garden weeding, natural regeneration management, helping with community events and ceilidhs or if you can bring a specific skill to the island then please let us know in your application form. Description of the personal attributes/skills/qualifications required • Enthusiastic caring folk with a love for the outdoors. Work well as part of a team, at times volunteers will be without supervision so it is essential that you are self-motivated and can work independently. Support/training? All volunteers will have an induction to their volunteering role that involves an overview of the relevant policies and procedures and what is expected of them and vice versa. Following induction, volunteers will have regular support and supervision meetings, discussions to identify areas for development, or to discuss any issues. Training is provided to ensure safety is paramount to the volunteer and others whilst working with tools. Who is the contact person/line manager for enquiries? Tasha Lancaster, volunteer@isleofeigg.net Closing date for applications 30/05/14 When will interviews be held? N/A – Application forms, informal telephone discussions & emails are used as our selection process Can SWT provide expenses e.g. for travel or branded clothing? Unfortunately not. Will you want references from volunteers before appointing or PVGdisclosure? No Other (Any age restriction, lifts available? Disabled access?) Age restriction 18yrs. Due to the location, terrain and activities a good level of fitness and common sense is required. Accommodation is provided on the island by the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust for which a contribution of £15 per week is required to help with household running costs. Food – there is a well stocked shop on the island, but if staying for longer periods then you could bring basic items such as pasta/rice over in bulk.

Aquarist Volunteer

Organisation: Falmouth Aquarium
Location: Falmouth
Hours: Either
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Mon 02 June 14
Website: www.falmouthaquarium.com
Contact name: Chloe Kingston
Contact telephone: 0132611211
Contact email: falmouthaquarium@gmail.com

The Falmouth Aquarium is now looking for summer aquarist interns to assist the senior aquarist with day to day fish care and husbandry duties. Internship Position: The Falmouth Aquarium aquarist summer intern will assist the manager in the day to day tasks of running an aquarium with tropical and Cornish marine life. You will be actively involved and hands on, learning about how to care for both tropical fish and cold water UK fish. You will be trained to provide daily husbandry for a diverse collection of marine fishes and invertebrates. Through one-on-one training and hands-on exercises, you will become competent in the care and maintenance of each of our exhibits. You will also learn how to work for a small marine conservation charity. If you are intersted, you have the opportunity to learn and gain skills in fundraising, business skills, grant writing, youth outreach and education and other skills. You will also be offered an array of professional development courses during your internship, which could include (but subject to availability): ‘Managing People’, ‘Team Leading’, ‘Marketing Award’, ‘Business Skills’, ‘Teaching Award’, ‘Youth Leadership’ and other course that come up. The Summer Aquarist Internship Position is 10 weeks in duration, with two options during the summer term. The first internship opportunity begins on June 2nd until August 10th, and the second position begins on July 7th and ends on September 8th. These dates may be flexible depending on circumstances. Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities for our interns will include, but are not limited to: – daily food preparation and feeding – exhibit and behind-the-scenes cleaning – record keeping – Water quality testing and maintenance – animal observation – guest interpretation – quarantine procedures optional: – grant research and writing – youth education – public speaking – supervising skills – managing skills – business admin – marketing experience Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities for position: • Desire to work in close proximity to marine fish and invertebrates. • Willingness to get wet and dirty. • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively to staff and visitors alike. •Ability to manage multiple tasks. . interest in marine conservation and the marine field Desired: • knowledge of ecological and biological principles, especially those relating to marine habitats. • Some background knowledge of marine aquarium keeping. Selection: To apply, please send your CV and covering letter in an email to falmouthaquarium@gmail.com All qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a skype video interview or an in person interview with our Aquarist Internship Coordinator. Candidates will be competitively selected on the basis of knowledge, abilities, experience, attitude, reliability, and punctuality. The Falmouth Aquarium The Falmouth Aquarium is located in a four storey townhouse in the centre of Falmouth, a town full of maritime history and culture. Our exhibits bring the public closer to fish – we provide a more personal experience with corals, small colourful and rare tropical fish and the chance to see tiny creatures that live under the sea that the public wouldn’t normally be able to observe, rather than focusing on large marine mammals like other aquariums. The Aquarium is a small charity, with large goals and ambitions. Our mission is to educate the general public on the various challenges facing our marine environment both now and in the future. Our objective is to inform the public on current marine conservation issues in locally, nationally and internationally

Trainee Ranger – Berry Head

Organisation: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Brixham, Devon
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Thu 22 May 14
Website: www.countryside-trust.org.uk
Contact name: Julia Tucker
Contact telephone: 01803 520022
Contact email: info@countryside-trust.org.uk

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated trainee to assist with delivering the practical countryside management programme, assist with ongoing scientific studies, stock handling and public engagement. The post will be based at Berry Head National Nature Reserve (NNR) & Site of Special Scientific Interest. The successful candidate will be living on the reserve, and will be able to fully immerse themselves in one of the most important sites in the region. The ranger team, based at the NNR, work with volunteer groups and help to staff the visitor centre. The trainees will initially assist and then eventually lead events such as Bat Walks and also volunteer work parties. Working duty weekends and occasional evenings will be required. This placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the day to day management of a National Nature Reserve through the changing seasons. Interviews will be held on Thursday 29 May 2014. Those selected for interview will have the opportunity to come and spend a day on site, with a reserve tour and practical session in the morning and interviews in the afternoon

Research Volunteer

Organisation: Liverpool Bay Marine Life Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Merseyside
Hours: Either
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Mon 30 June 14
Contact name: Mathew Clough
Contact telephone: 07504516705
Contact email: mathewclough@liverpoolbaymlt.org

Liverpool Bay Marine Life Trust is seeking local volunteers to help in the running of several exciting new marine wildlife projects in Merseyside. The charity is based in Birkenhead, Merseyside, and aims to monitor cetaceans, sharks and seals in Liverpool Bay by studying abundance and distribution through both land and boat based surveys. Volunteers will be required to take part in a number of tasks including: – Land-based cetacean watches – Land-based seal surveys and photo-identification – shark tagging surveys – data entry – social media and blogging – public awareness – school visits and talks – attending public events representing Liverpool Bay Marine Life Trust Essential skills and qualifications: – strong interest in marine wildlife – ability to work reliably and independently – good knowledge of Microsoft Office Desirable skills and qualifications: – background in zoology/ecology/biology – previous experience in photo-identification – basic knowledge of DSLR cameras – experience in public speaking Volunteers are expected to commit at least 8 hours per month. The work is on-going and volunteer work is available throughout the year, however, we are particularly in need of volunteers to support us during the months of May to August. Unfortunately we cannot provide accommodation for volunteers at this time.
Overall, I feel that this research has been helpful in establishing further considerations (several of which are ideal for my purposes) for potential positions that might help me becoming more involved and experienced in fields relevant to my intended practice.

Edits: Landscapes

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently started to develop an edit of my location shoots. For this, I have highlighted the examples that I felt were the strongest representations of each place I’ve visited, each forming a part of my ongoing portfolio.

Within this, I intend to discuss my landscape edits.

Salford Quays:

During my visit to South Bay, one of the most distinctive features was that of interaction; the unusual sight of large dredger collecting and releasing sediment into the canal bed, the resident birds demonstrating their interest in this process as well as nearby canoeists regularly approaching the ship with little concern. From this, I have chosen the examples that best represented this discussion both aesthetically and contextually, especially those featuring signs of water-sports as I found this to be more unusual occurrences that had visual impact.

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Perth:

Upon my visit to Perth, I found myself in unfortunate lighting and weather conditions which left me very little time to explore or photograph a wider range of subjects. However, it was this aspect that was one of the most distinct elements of this location’s aesthetics. As a result, I produced a series of edits that generally represented this suggestion, gradually becoming more ominous in its warning signs of the coming storm as well as reflecting the issues with flooding still occurring during this time. I found that this was often best represented through skyline images that showed this gradual change into gloomy, premature darkness.

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Auchterarder:

Whilst staying in Scotland in Auchterarder, there were significant alterations between snow, hail storms and heavy rain. This during one of the few calm periods between this in which I found greater flexibility to explore the area without risking the well being of my equipment. The most distinct aspect of this was looking far into the distance hills and forests at the layers of painterly landscape features. Thus, I created a selection that best represented this picturesque scene between storms.

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Stirling:

Within this visit, I also considered the nearby town of Stirling which was taken upon one of the brightest stages. There were clear indicators of its suburban status varying from local rugby clubs to construction works to large scale monuments of its heritage. There I emphasised this sense of place within my edits. Also, once again, one of most interesting sights was within its skyline, this time focusing upon gentle features as well as the examples of close ups of nearby passing planes.

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Falkirk Wheel/Union Canal:

During this location shoot, I aimed to represent different aspects of the site that felt would distinguish; the way the waterways were managed, the scale, design and movement of the wheel itself from varying positions as well as its usage. From this, I created an edit that featured this contextual significance with a strong aesthetic representation. As such, this including nearby dredging, the most defined examples of the wheel from both sides and the activity of the canal boats using the wheel to connect both canals.

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Wet Sleddale Reservoir/Shap Falls:

Whilst visiting this location upon two separate occasions, I experimented with a variety of compositions of the reservoir and its connecting overflow, as well documenting it relation to its surrounding areas. The second shoot had the advantage of greater awareness and reasonable conditions from which to explore the site in detail. From this, I produced an edit that best represented; a sense of scale, design and physical power in this overflow (as well the interest this gained from fellow visitors), the visual qualities of its geological surroundings and other elements of nearby industry and heritage that all served to formulate a sense of place.

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Haweswater Reservoir:

During my visit to Haweswater Reservoir, I was able to identify different compositions of the areas ecological and aesthetic features. Haweswater is a huge catchment area, which left a great deal of scope when trying to represent the scale and flow of the water within its rural surroundings. This was aided further from the excellent lighting conditions that were available, illuminating the landscape and enriching the colours and tones of the area. From this, I have produced an edit of some of the strongest examples (both aesthetically and contextually) that represented these features.

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Thirlmere:

Whilst visiting this area, I experienced similar conditions to that of Haweswater, although later in the day which provided less concentrated light but more selective illuminations of particular points. There were also patches of tree cover that added definition to the lake surroundings. For this, I highlighted the examples that best represented the geology and ecology of the area whilst reinforcing a pastoral aesthetic.

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Morecambe:

During my visit to Morecambe, I sought to produce a series of landscapes that represented the characteristics of a coastal area. One of the most distinctive elements of this was the variation of ships within the area, most of which following vibrant, primary colours that distinguished them from the surrounding waters. From this, I highlighted the landscapes that best represented this juxtapositions, including other features associated with marine areas; derelict wood, anchors, buoys and interaction (kites, families).

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Lytham St Annes:

Whilst visiting Lytham St Annes, I found that one of the most definitive features of this area was the visual contrast between the mud flats and the surrounding coastal waters. This was complemented further through the clear sky, offering a significant amount of light to illuminate the water and the submerged areas of mud. As a result, I produced a series of edits that represented this visual harmony and emphasised the shape and geological features of the area.

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Cleveleys:

During my shoot in Cleveleys, I found that the local architectural features and the visual colours and tones of the marine waters worked together to create a very complementary aesthetic. Once again, I was fortunate to have a clear sky from which to offer a significant amount of available light. A large, distinctive and metallic source of debris was also highlighted through this, all which created a strong composition. From this, I produced an edit of the strongest landscapes images that I felt represented these elements successfully.

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Knotts End:

From my visit to Knotts End, I found that most definitive visual elements were from source of debris and the interaction of  local para gliders with passing ships. Of the debris edits, I identified objects that were associated with coastal area but visual distinct enough to draw attention; an old abandoned ship and the bow of boat submerged in the near waters. For my other wide views of the surrounding areas, I found the strongest examples that created this visual cohesion successfully.

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Pilling Sands:

Whilst visiting this area, I noted a distinct silhouetted view of Heysham across the water. The landscapes I produced aimed to represent different compositions with varying perspectives of this. There was a reasonable level of light but there was a significant amount of cloud cover, however this served to create a more abstract, faded view which added to its softened visual impact. From this, I produced an edit of the successful compositions that balanced contextual features and complementary depth of field.

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Heysham:

Upon visiting Heysham Half Moon Bay, it was very apparent that this was a coastal town with distinct signs of its industrial usage/heritage. Most interesting compositions were those that represented different visual icons of this aspect; nearby cargo ships, port, aerial towers, unusual warning sign posts and debris washed up on the beach. I also tried to juxtapose this against the aesthetic often associated with a pebble beach. As a result, I produced an edit of the landscape I felt best represented these features.

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Red Bank:

Although my visit to Red Bank was unplanned, it still provided an interest subject matter for landscape imagery. The area provide beautiful views of the coast with a colourful and gentle silhouettes of the surrounding environment. There was still a significant level of cloud cover with definitive light source behind them, providing significant breaks in the clouds, offering concentrated light sources that reinforced the visual impact of the compositions. From this, I produced an edit of the landscapes that were the most aesthetically pleasing whilst representing the physical characteristics of this area.

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Upon reflection of this series, I feel as though I have been to produce a variety of landscapes (some more aesthetic, others more environmental) that demonstrate a sense of place and perspective, representing each locations iconography/characteristics in a way tells a story be it the aesthetic qualities of its visual experience or the signs of human interference (direct or indirect).

Although, I feel more confident in exploring landscape subjects, I still feel as though my continued development and experiences refine this approach further. There is still a great deal more still to learn within the photographic process both technically and contextually.

This has also served to reaffirm my interest in water based landscapes, especially those in coastal/marine areas. There is certain visual quality within the element of water and the influences has upon its surrounding environments. It is also an organic and distinct life source to all organisms on earth, reinforcing its ecological and hydrological significance as a subject.

This all serve to form a part of my ongoing environmental/landscape photography portfolio.

 

Edits: Wildlife

After compiling and reviewing my images from recent locations shoots, I was able to edit a selection of some of the strongest examples of landscape and wildlife images to form part of my current portfolio.

Within this post, I will be discussing some of my wildlife edits.

Salford Quays – South Bay:

During my visit to South Bay, there was a clear focus upon the large presence of Cormorants within the area. The most aesthetically and contextually successful examples were those that demonstrated their relation or interaction within the bay, highlighting individuals, pairs or scaled groupings to establish different degrees of this.

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Audenshaw:

The main emphasis of this visit was the large number of gull carcasses spread across the reservoir, likely a tragic consequence of botulism (gulls scavenged toxic materials from landfill, died in reservoir). I focused upon the images that communicated this honest and visceral response, often utilising close ups to reinforce this. I also featured an interactive image of nearby diving Cormorants to distinguish this contrast.

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Morecambe:

Whilst visiting Morecambe, I noted some very distinct birds that I was unsure. From further research, I discovered that these were Oystercatchers, a rare sight but more often found near Morecambe bay. These were also rather unfortunately the same species I found carcasses of near Cleveleys. I highlighted a few examples that represented the group with scale and emphasised their more distinct features (large orange beak).

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Lytham St Annes:

During this visit, I noted that this was my first sighting of a jellyfish and this was surprising rare and large example. For this, I have  highlighted the best examples of close up images that emphasised more detailed views and others that showed the jellyfish in relation to its environment, reinforcing its scale and place.

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St Annes:

During this visit to St Annes, I came across of flock of birds that were moving with an elegant and significant velocity, unfortunately, although acknowledge at least two different species, I have been so far unable to identify them, I think the majority is likely to be a species of tern. For this, I have highlight examples that felt were the strongest representations of formation, motion and activity and relating to their surrounding environment. In this, selecting images that reflected the flocks ability to move a group whilst feeding.

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Cleveleys:

In this visit to Cleveleys, there was a great deal of potential wildlife subjects to experiment with. For this, I have selected the images that felt were the most successful representations these which included several gulls fighting for food, the scale and groupings of sandpipers and the one identifiable carcass of the rare Oystercatcher.

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Knotts End:

During my visit to Knotts End, one of the more distinct wildlife sights was more jellyfish, however, there were more apparent signs of negative human influences as they were covered in oil. As a result, I highlighted examples that reinforced this tragic implication further, selecting close up images that represented this in a brutally honest way. I also selected a few of the best images of crabs I found within pools by the shore.

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Pilling Sands:

During this visit, I spotted a variety of what I believed to be Redshanks. This was reaffirmed through further research, another fairly rare sighting. From this, I complied the images that I believed to be the best representation of these Redshanks, especially favouring those that highlighted its distinctive orange legs and beak. I also highlighted some other examples of crab images that I felt were successful.

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Red Bank:

During this shoot, there wasn’t any particular area of nature/wildlife sightings that stood out amongst others, therefore I have created edits of a few different subject that felt were some of the most interesting examples of each in an aesthetic sense. In includes distinctive corals/plant life, a ladybird resting upon an oily jacket, footprints from inhabiting animals and a large example of a resident crab.

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Upon reflection of this series, I feel as though I have been able to produce a variety of both distinctive and standard examples of wildlife imagery.

I feel as though my previous and ongoing consideration for relevant research have assisted me in identification, appropriate equipment (telephoto – fast, responsive motor) and establishing a sense of ecological significance.

 

I have found this to be a strong learning experience when working with animal subjects or organisms, especially as I have never covered so many out of the way coastal and freshwater sites before and often practised my previous wildlife photographs in controlled or regulated wildlife spots.

There was a more apparent sense of life cycles and/or human interference when faced with both living and dead examples within similar or the same environments.

I feel as though this will form the basis of my starting wildlife portfolio, one which I intend to continue to develop from this point onwards. This will be hopefully be refined further through the development of relevant skills sets and hands on experience in conservation and environmental fields.