Enjoy the Very Best British Wildlife Images of 2017

See the winning entries in the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.

By Jonathan Manning
Published 14 Dec 2017, 00:10 GMT
‘Heathrow Roostings’ of a pied wagtail at Heathrow Airport.
‘Heathrow Roostings’ of a pied wagtail at Heathrow Airport.
Photograph by Daniel Trim, bwpaawards.org.uk

This wonderful image of a pied wagtail illuminated by the lights of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport has won the top prize at the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

The judges selected the photograph ahead of thousands of entries in the competition that celebrates the work of both amateur and professional photographers as well as the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

Pied wagtails often roost communally in urban areas during winter, for protection and for the additional warmth given off by buildings and lights.

Photographer Daniel Trim, who captured the winning image, said, “Living near London I'm always amazed by how nature can benefit from urban areas. There are many urban pied wagtail roosts across the UK during winter and they are incredibly important for the birds survival during these harder times, both for the additional warmth our buildings generate, but also because there's safety in numbers.

“I waited for a cold night when their numbers swell. After about 30 minutes I hadn't seen a single wagtail, however, it wasn't long until hundreds were dropping in to the trees next to the terminal building, all calling away. It's an impressive site to see and once the initial excitement was over I spent time looking for birds I could isolate against interesting background lighting. The birds soon tuck their heads under their wing to sleep which doesn't make the silhouette as pleasing, you have to get lucky with one waking up briefly to have a look around.”

[See a video about the winning photographs]

Lucy McRobert, communications manager at The Wildlife Trusts, one of the sponsors of the competition, said, “This stunning photograph perfectly captures how magical wild experiences can be, even when they’re right on your doorstep. It’s a great reminder that wildlife can be found in the most ordinary places, every single day. We love that a pied wagtail has as much power to inspire someone as a rare animal or dramatic landscape.”

These images are published in British Wildlife Photography Awards 8 published by Ammonite Press, RRP £25. Available online and from all good bookshops.





An Exhibition Tour of over 100 images including the winning and commended entries, is touring the country:

Nature in Art, Gloucestershire, to 2nd January 2018

Horniman Museum, London, to 14 January 2018

Astley Hall, Lancashire, to 31st December 2017

Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton 20th January to 25th March 2018

Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset, 20th January to 3rd March 2018

Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 10th March to 29th April 2018

Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire, 19th May to15th July 2018

Redbrick building, Glastonbury, 16th July to 25th August 2018

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