Mammals at the British Wildlife Center

Another set of photographs from the British Wildlife Center!
If you read my previous post from BWC you’ll be aware that I attended two of the center’s photography days, (Owls day and Mammals day).
The weather was really good on the mammals day aside from some dampness, it had clouded over a little and allowed for some nice even and soft lighting for shooting.
The red squirrels and foxes were the most challenging animals to shoot; The squirrels were fast and hyperactive, and the foxes were quite shy and remained mostly covered by long grass until prompted out with snacks from the keeper. The Otters were a real highlight of the day, being very playful and curious little animals (bigger than I thought they would be, probably about the size of a spaniel with shorter legs and a longer tail). One in particular would sporadically come over and nudge my camera with his nose.
Polecats also have a lot of personality and were very social with one another and excited to see visitors.
Overall I was quite uplifted by how happy the animals are at the BWC; having previously visiting zoos and feeling actually quite bad about humanity afterwards because of how bored and miserable some of the animals looked, it’s clear to see that the British Wildlife Center is a different environment entirely, with an apparent emphasis put on the animals’ well-being and happiness, conservation and education. You can read more about the BWC and when you can visit on their website (click here).

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