James Fair wildlife writer and journalist
Wildlife photography
on location

Farne Islands

North-east England

 

James Fair Wildlife writer and journalist
National Trust - Farne Island
Seabirds off Seahouses: the spectacular wildlife of the Farne Islands

 

James travelled to the Farne Islands a small archipelago of rocky islands off the coast of Northumberland, to see and photograph their famous seabirds. The islands are home to puffins, guillemots and razorbills, but James included them in his forthcoming book on wildlife – 100 Great Wildlife Experiences of Britain – for the dive-bombing Arctic terns.

 

Puffins Farne Islands photography by James Fair
Puffins Farne Islands photography by James Fair
Guillemots Farne Islands photography by James Fair
Shag Farne Islands photography by James Fair
Eiderducks on Farne Islands photography by James Fair
Puffins Farne Islands photography by James Fair

Grassholm Island

Pembrokeshire

 

James Fair Wildlife photographer.  Grassholm gannet rescue

RSPB warden Greg Morgan rescues an entangled gannet on Grassholm Island

Grassholm Island RSPB
Plastic passion: how our love of plastic is killing wildlife in the Celtic Sea

 

Every year in October, a tragedy unfolds on Grassholm off the coast of West Wales. Young gannets that are ready to fledge are so tangled up in plastic netting and string (brought to the nests by their parents as substitutes for seaweed) they are unable to fly.

 

James Fair visited Grassholm in 2007 with conservationists from the RSPB to see this for himself and rescue some of the birds.

 

Adult gannets on Grassholm Island. Photography by James Fair
Injured gannet entangled in plastic rubbish on Grassholm Island photography by James Fair
 wildlife photography by James Fair
Wildlife photography by James Fair - gannets on Grassholm
Wildlife conservation photography by James Fair.  Entangled gannet dies after being entangled in plastic
Wildlife conservation photography by James Fair.  Entangled gannet dies after being entangled in plastic
Greg Morgan.  Joint warden Grassholm Island.  Photograph by James Fair
Lisa Morgan.  Joint warden Grassholm Island.  Photograph by James Fair

Skomer

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

 

James Fair Wildlife photographer.Skomer Island

The puffins’ fearlessness makes them popular with visitors to Skomer

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Puffins on parade: close encounters of the seabird kind

 

No trip to Skomer is complete without a visit to The Wick, a nesting area on the south side of the island where puffins are so accustomed to people they will practically walk between your legs. And unlike much of the rest of Britain, the puffin population here is fairly stable. With more than 300,000 pairs, Skomer is also the most important breeding site in the world for the Manx shearwater.

Puffins on Skomer Island. Wildlife photographer James Fair
Puffins on Skomer Island. Wildlife photographer James Fair
Fearless puffins on Skomer Island. Wildlife photographer James Fair
Guillmots on Skomer Island. Wildlife photographer James Fair
Razorbills on Skomer Island. Wildlife photographer James Fair
Guillmots on Skomer Island. Wildlife photographer James Fair
Dead Manx shearwater on Skomer Island. Wildlife photographer James Fair

Svalbard

Norwegian High Arctic

 

James Fair Wildlife writer and journalist

Polar bears are regarded as one of the world’s carnivores that pose the greatest risk to humans – wherever you go on Svalbard, you are accompanied by guides with firearms.

Svalbard Norway
Polar bears, walruses and a myriad seabirds in the rugged High Arctic

 

James travelled to Svalbard for BBC Wildlife in 2006 with Peregrine Adventures. Along with Churchill, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, it is most popular destination in the world for seeing polar bears, but it’s also an excellent location for seeing walruses, seals, reindeer and seabirds in their tens of thousands.

 

Polar bear.  Svalbard. Wildlife photographer James Fair
 Atlantic Walruses in Svalbard. Wildlife photographer James Fair
 Bearded seal in Svalbard. Wildlife photographer James Fair
 Reindeer (Caribou) in Svalbard. Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair
Kittiwakes in Svalbard. Wildlife photographer James Fair
Whale vertebrae in Svalbard. Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair
 Polar bear footprint in Svalbard. Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair

Dinaric Alps

Slovenia

 

James Fair  - Wildlife writer and journalist in Slovenia

This 2 year old brown bear is far from fully grown.

Slovenian Bears
Bears of the Balkan forests, white storks and other species

 

Less than two hours south of Slovenian capital Ljubljana, you can watch brown bears from specially constructed hides, though you have to be patient.

 

James Fair travelled with Wildlife Worldwide and slovenianbears.com to see the bears, as well as the white storks that nested on a rooftop in every village and the rich profusion of wildflowers and insects that live in the valleys.

 

Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair in Slovenia with brown bears
Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair in Slovenia with brown bears
Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair in Slovenia with white storks
Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair in Slovenia with white storks
Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair in Slovenia  - greenv veined white butterfly
Wildlife writer and photographer James Fair in Slovenia -  bird's nest orchid
Wildlife  photographer James Fair finds teeth and bones of the extinct cave bear in Slovenia

Andalucia

Southern Spain

 

James Fair visits Doñana National Park

Iberian lynx are killed in vehicle collisions every year, so signs requesting drivers to slow down

are a common sight.

NatureTrek
Hunt for the world’s rarest cat in Spain’s dusty hills and forests

 

With only 400-500 individuals in the wild, the Iberian lynx is the world’s rarest feline. James travelled with Naturetrek to Doñana National Park, just south of Seville – where signs of lynx were evident but there were no sightings – and Sierra de Andújar Natural Park, to the north-east, where his group had an amazing hour-long encounter with a cub estimated to be about six months old.

 

Wildlife writer and journalist James Fair visited Andalucia
Wildlife writer and journalist James Fair visited Andalucia
Iberian Lynx photograph James Fair
Iberian Lynx photographed by Wildlife writer James Fair
Sierra de Andujar Natural Park
Wild boar in Andalucia

Sound of Jura

North-west Scotland

 

James Fair visits Coreisa Scotland

Looking south-west from Coiresa, you can see the dark outline of Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984.

University of Aberdeen
Studying water voles on the tiny rocky island of Coiresa

 

 

James travelled with scientists from the University of Aberdeen to Coiresa, an island smaller than a football pitch just off Jura.

 

The researchers put out traps for the water voles and took samples for DNA analysis for a study into how their genetic diversity was affected by a crash in the population.

 

Head nets and gloves were necessary to protect yourself from the ravenous midges.

 

Wildlife writer and journalist James Fair visited Coiresa
Scientists put out baited traps around the island overnight and then check them first thing in the morning.
Water vole
Wildlife writer and journalist James Fair visited Jura
Scientists from the University of Aberdeen taking samples from water voles. Wildlife writer and journalist James Fair
Wildlife expert James Fair writes about the decline of water voles in Britain
James Fair writes about midges in Scotland

Gabon

Central Africa

 

James Fair visits Ivindo National Park, Gabon, Central Africa

Forest elephants gather in large herds in the clearings.

University of Aberdeen
Magical Eden for lowland gorillas and forest elephants

 

 

In Gabon’s Ivindo National Park, large natural clearings called ‘bais’ bring out western lowland gorillas (close relatives of mountain gorillas) to feed on grasses and other vegetation.

 

Elephants also come to the bais for the salts and other minerals they cannot find in the rest of the forest.

 

Scientists and field workers closely monitor all the wildlife from specially constructed platforms.

 

Wildlife writer and journalist James Fair writes about gorillas at Ivindo National Park, Gabon, Central Africa
Wildlife writer and journalist James Fair visits Ivindo National Park, Gabon, Central Africa
Forest elephants at Ivindo National Park, Gabon, Central Africa
Wildlife writer James Fair visits forest elephants Ivindo National Park, Gabon, Central Africa
Wildlife writer and journalist James Fair visits Ivindo National Park, Gabon, Central Africa
Gorilla sketch -  Ivindo National Park, Gabon, Central Africa
These gorillas were part of a rehabilitation project in Evengue, near Gabon’s South Atlantic coast.
Chimpanzees are also found in Gabon – this is an orphaned chimp at captive centre just outside the capital, Libreville.

North Cyprus

Southern Europe

 

Baby loggerhead turtle - Northern Cyprus.  Photograph by James Fair

Conservationists dig baby turtles out of their nests at public events to educate

holiday-makers and local people

Society for the Protection of Turtles
Turtle conservation project on sun-kissed island of Cyprus

 

 

The unspoilt beaches of North Cyprus provide ideal nesting sites for green and loggerhead turtles, and conservationists from the Society for the Protection of Turtles are working hard to keep them that way. They carry out public ‘exhumations’ for holiday-makers of baby turtles to raise awareness of the threats they face as well. You can even release your own hatchling as day turns to night.

 

Two species of marine turtle breed on North Cyprus – green and loggerheads. This is a baby loggerhead.
Wildlife writer James Fair visits North Cyprus
Wildlife writer James Fair visits North Cyprus turtle conservation
Tourists watch turtle hatchlings being dug out – scientists believe that by engaging people in this way, they can communicate vital conservation issues.
Turtle hatchlings are extremely vulnerable to being eaten by seabirds and predatory fish and sharks – it’s estimated that only 1 in 10,000 survives to breed.
Conservation work on North Cyprus involves engaging with local fishermen
Wildlife writer James Fair watches a baby turtle hatching from it's egg in  North Cyprus
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