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Sperm Whale
Sperm Whale by Gary Peart


Shetland Otter & Gannet Photo-assignment
Shetland Otter & Puffin Photo-assignment
Focus on Otters - photography, ecology and fieldcraft
Autumn on Shetland ‐ Nature, Light & Land
Waves, Woodlands & Waterfalls
Wild Lands of Shetland Photo Tour
Wild Otters of Shetland Photo Tour
Otter Field Ecology Workshop
Wild Shetland Seabird Photo Tour
Yorkshire Coast Sunrise Spectacular


Spectacular Seabirds
Diving with Bull Sharks
Work in Progress
Babbacombe's cleaning stations
Dalavich Ancient Oakwood

Latest Blog

Spectacular Seabirds

Bempton Cliffs situated on the East Yorkshire coast in the UK holds a true wildlife spectacle of over 200,000 breeding seabirds. Posted on 02/21/2014 by Steve Race

Diving with Bull Sharks

Posted on 02/02/2014 by Gary Peart

Late in 2013 we were lucky enough to travel to Fiji, and dive what has been called by Ron and Valerie Taylor the greatest shark dive in the world.

Work in Progress

Posted on 12/08/2013 by Adam Seward

Briarwood Banks is one of the best examples of semi-natural ancient woodland in Northumberland. Much of the site had been stocked with non-native trees in the past, however, to the detriment of its biodiversity. Adam Seward accompanied a work party restoring the woodland.

Babbacombe's cleaning stations

Posted on 11/13/2013 by Dan Bolt

A five year study poses more questions than answers for the first recordings of 'cleaning' behaviour in UK waters. A remarkable set of observations of a relationship between the John dory fish and Leach's spider crabs.

Dalavich Ancient Oakwood

Posted on 11/08/2013 by Adam Seward

Last week, I visited an ancient woodland site being restored with native broadleaf species: Dalavich Oakwood near Loch Awe in Scotland. What does the future hold for Britain's ancient woodlands?

Newborns: otter families

Posted on 10/30/2013 by Richard Shucksmith

It’s that time of year on Shetland when ‘new’ otter families are appearing along the coast. On one of my favourite stretches of coast over late summer it was incredibly quiet and there was a distinct lack of regular otter sightings even though I knew they were there. A sure sign, they were behaving very secretively, indicating that the female otters could have young cubs tucked away in natal holts.

Photography Workshop Summary: Autumn in the New Forest

Posted on 10/27/2013 by Matt Doggett

I have just finished running the second of this year's photographic workshops in conjunction with the Mammal Society. The courses have been designed for those just starting out in wildlife photography or with some prior knowledge and looking to improve.

Gannets Again!

Posted on 10/25/2013 by Matt Doggett

The underwater gannets have done it again and been Highly Commended at the GDT European Wildlife Photography Awards. You can see the Highly Commended image here along with a video showing what it was like to be in the water with them.

Wheatear survival

Posted on 10/13/2013 by Adam Seward

Understanding how changing food availability might affect wheatears - long distance migratory songbirds - involved a beautiful small island in the North Atlantic, some conducive wheatears and lots and lots of mealworms.

Meet the Residents of Lyme Bay

Posted on 10/07/2013 by Matt Doggett

A dive inside the designated no trawling zone of Lyme Bay provides an insight into some of the wonderful creatures benefiting from not being squashed or ripped from the seabed.

Acropora: The Last Stand?

Posted on 29/09/2013 by George Stoyle

During the mid-1980s one of the Caribbean's most important reef-building corals declined by 95% due to a condition known as White-band Disease causing significant reductions in biodiversity. Many of the reefs we see today are very different from what they were only 30 years ago. The cause of the disease is still unknown.

Photography Workshop review: Autumn on Shetland – Nature, light & land

Posted on 28/09/2013 by Richard Shucksmith, written by Molly Michelin

Returning to gain work experience for her second time this year, Molly Michelin (studying Marine & Natural history at Falmouth University) summarizes our debut landscape and nature photography workshop collaboration with Richard Shucksmith of Earth in Focus and Brydon Thomason of Shetland Nature.

Pilot whales and strandings

Posted on 18/09/2013 by Richard Shucksmith

The phone rings…”Pilot Whales in Firth Voe, about 30+, moving deeper into the voe but slowly, doing lots of what looks like spy hopping”. “Thanks I’m on my way”. I was a good hour and half away on Unst, the most northerly island in the UK on the Shetland Isles.

A Model Migrant

Posted on 14/09/2013 by Adam Seward

Songbirds travelling thousands of kilometres each year between their African wintering grounds and northern breeding sites, wheatears are remarkable animals. Fond of mealworms and relatively easy to study, they also make great subjects for research into the effects of changing food supplies on migratory birds.

Summertime Blues

Posted on 08/09/2013 by Matt Doggett

A trip out of Penzance saw Matt Doggett swimming with blue sharks off the Cornish coast. Find out what it's like to be in the water with these graceful fish and check out the video at the end.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Posted on 31/08/2013 by George Stoyle

Earlier this month I joined Steve Race and Maggie Bruce for an evening with some remarkably accommodating urban foxes, the first of what I hope will be a few sessions with these misunderstood and often persecuted animals.

Always changing

Posted on 20/08/2013 by Richard Shucksmith

A recent dive made me look and think about the changes that under go marine habitats within a year. Not having dived a site for several months I was actually surprised at what I saw and even though I do not truly know what may have caused these changes I have my suspicions. Read on to find out more. All images by Richard Shucksmith

Jelly Seas

Posted on 07/08/2013 by Matt Doggett

Two weeks of diving in Scotland this month resulted in more encounters than expected with jellyfish of all shapes and sizes. Here Matt Doggett shares his experiences of coming face-to-face with these creatures... and it wasn't all bad. Images by Matt Doggett and Polly Whyte.

Exploring the UK's far north, Shetland Islands

Posted on 22/07/2013 by Molly Michelin & Richard Shucksmith

Molly Michelin is studying Marine & Natural History Photography at Falmouth University and is entering her second year this September. Molly came to Shetland for a summer internship with Shetland Nature with whom Earth In Focus works on several collaborative projects. Molly spent 4 days on Shetland with Earth In Focus photographer Richard Shucksmith photographing otters. This is a blog about her experience. All images by Molly Michelin.

Life in the Lavender

Posted on 17/07/2013 by Adam Seward

The lavender bushes in the garden on my recent holiday proved very popular with the insects... A few native flowering plants can do wonders for the wildlife on your doorstep. Butterflies and bees may be joined by less well-known, but no less important or attractive visitors.

Miskito Divers Part I

Posted on 10/06/2013 by George Stoyle

An expedition to increase knowledge of the physical, environmental and ecological context of the Honduran Miskito Cays marine area to help both local groups and the government of Honduras move towards the sustainable use of their marine resources.

Flying Squirrels

Posted on 26/01/2013 by Matt Doggett

Earthinfocus had a group trip out to the Cairngorms in December 2012. This was our first introduction to "pay as you go" hide photography... and it wasn't going to be as simple as we thought...

Penguin Hour

Posted on 10/02/2013 by George Stoyle

An account of how I ended up on a trans-Atlantic voyage followed by a few glorious, though fleeting moments photographing a penguin colony in the Falkland Islands.

Arabian Reefs

Posted on 31/01/2013 by George Stoyle

For the first 2 weeks of January I joined a team of researchers on a survey in the southern Red Sea. Off the south-west coast of Saudi Arabia the survey objective was to classify various marine and coastal habitats, looking for areas of high biodiversity.