Wensleydale-based professional wildlife photographer Simon Phillpotts has just opened his new exhibition entitled ‘Wild Dales’ at The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Yoredale HQ in Bainbridge.  

The exhibition features over twenty large images – some nearly four feet across – showcasing the National Park’s wildlife.  Most of the images were taken over the last two years and focus on the diverse range of habitats the Dales contains, from upland moor to fast flowing streams and coniferous forests.

The exhibition includes a section of red squirrel images to promote the newly formed Wensleydale Red Squirrel group which aims to conserve and expand the range of red squirrels in the Yorkshire Dales.

A hibernating dormouse by Simon Phillpotts

A hibernating dormouse by Simon Phillpotts

“Whilst there have been many photographic exhibitions showing the beauty of  the landscape within the Dales, I wanted to highlight the amazing wildlife we have here, which is easily seen but very often overlooked,” Simon said.

“In selecting images for the exhibition I have tried to convey the character of the animals and show something of their habitat, giving a peek into their everyday lives as opposed to just showing the standard view you might see in any animal identification guide.”

The exhibition runs until Thursday 1 August and is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

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