Summer is officially here, the ultimate season to head out into the wilderness, capturing spectacular photography that showcases the world in all its natural glory.
We’ve all seen some amazing nature photography in our time. Whether it’s a calm prowling tiger calculating its next pounce, the sheer serenity of mountains cascading down into crisp clear water, or even the simple beauty of a flower breaking into bloom. There’s so much incredible nature out there that even in the UK alone, you can easily get lost in an abundance of breathtaking scenery.
If you’re making plans to head out on a photography shoot, hoping to snap up some brilliant shots in the wild, we couldn’t recommend these 7 places in the UK enough. Offering some of the best natural scenery and amazing wildlife, you won’t be left wanting for some epic shots. Without further ado, here are 7 of the best places for nature photography in the UK.
1. Brecon Beacons, South Wales
The Brecon Beacons is undoubtedly one of the best places for wildlife photography in the UK. This national park is a scene of breathtaking beauty and home to a variety of spectacular wildlife.
You can experience some of the UK’s rare wildlife on a nature trail at Brecon Beacons. Due to the diverse habitats found in the park, a range of birds such as the little ringed plover, like to nest there, making it the perfect place to capture this bird in flight or nurturing its eggs.
Also well known for it’s captivating scenery, the rolling hills, cascading waterfalls and vast forests at Brecon Beacons all combined make a picturesque landscape worth capturing.
2. Peak District, Derbyshire
The Peak District is a 555 square mile area of land spanning over the counties of Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.
This vast expanse of land is anything but bare, with dramatic cliffsides, rural landscapes and beautiful meadows, home to some of the most striking views in the UK.
If you’re looking to photograph some interesting flowers, be sure to visit the hay meadows in Stanage-North Lees. We recommend visiting in June or early July before the grass is cut, to experience the magnificent display of wildflowers and grasses.
3. Farne Islands, Northumberland
Famed for being Sir David Attenborough’s favourite place in the UK to see ‘magnificent nature’, the Farne Islands are every wildlife photographer’s dream.
The location is home to adorable grey seals, striking puffins and over 100,000 seabirds, so you won’t be short of wildlife to photograph on your visit.
The only way to access the Farne Islands is via boat from the Seahouses Harbour. However, this is an experience in itself as you can catch a glimpse of the seabirds on the cliff faces on your arrival, providing the perfect photo opportunity.
4. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway get its peculiar name from an Irish legend. A giant named Finn McCool supposedly built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish rival, Benandonner. Although the tale provides an entertaining version of events, the causeway most likely came about as a result of intense volcanic activity.
The unusual rock patterns attract visitors from all over the world, making it the perfect place to capture one of the UK’s greatest natural wonders.
Due to its coastal location, Giant’s Causeway can be subject to unpredictable weather conditions. If you’re planning on making a visit, protect your camera with the Dave 500 case. The case is robust, waterproof and dustproof and will protect your valuable camera from any harsh weather.
5. Exmoor National Park, South West England
Exmoor is a stunning national park with a wealth of history and wildlife residing in it. Often regarded as one of the UK’s finest landscapes, the national park provides a sense of remoteness and tranquility that is rare in southern Britain.
On your visit, expect views of towering sea cliffs and deep wooded valleys, creating a setting that has inspired visitors for hundreds of years.
As well as the landscape, Exmoor is famous for it’s spectacular wildlife and is home to the majestic red deer, Exmoor ponies and rare species of butterfly.
6. New Forest, Hampshire
The New Forest is a charming and peaceful location sporting vast tracts of unspoilt woodland.
Known for being the royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror, the area is also renowned for housing the Exbury Gardens. The gardens were created by the notoriously wealthy Rothschild family in the 1920s, and showcase over 200 acres of exotic flowers and greenery.
The Rothschild’s collection of rhododendrons and azaleas look their best during April and May, providing an excellent opportunity to create captivating photos.
7. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
As it is over 3 miles long and over 400 feet deep, the Cheddar gorge rightfully earns itself the title of Britain’s largest gorge. In addition to its remarkable size, the area sports a number of amazing features that attract visitors from all over the UK.
The cliff-top walk takes you to the highest point, allowing you to see the natural wonder in all its glory and experience some of the finest views in Somerset.
Known as the world’s fastest bird in flight, the Peregrine falcon is a majestic creature that nests in the steep cliffs at the Cheddar Gorge. Don’t miss the opportunity to get a snap of these magnificent birds by taking your LensPacks with you. This innovative new product allows you to rapidly change your camera lens so you’re always photo ready!
Make the most of the dryer days with plenty of sunshine, by taking your camera to one of these fantastic locations and capturing some of the UK’s finest natural wonders!
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