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Photographs from the park at Virginia Water, Surrey, which is part of the Royal Landscape.

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The Cascade is a 10m tall waterfall built in the 1780s by Thomas Sandby, King George III’s architect, after the previous waterfall was destroyed in a storm in 1768.

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This totem pole is 100 foot high, erected in 1958 to mark the centenary of the establishment of British Colombia as a Crown Colony. Incredibly, it was carved from a single tree, a 600 year old Western Red Cedar from the forests of Haida Gwaii, 500 miles to the north of Vancouver.

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The park is home to many species of bird.



Although I wouldn’t consider myself a religious person, I am often drawn to churches and cathedrals. I suppose it helps that these buildings are often some of the most impressive examples of architecture in the world.

When I visited Tiggywinkles recently, I drove through a chocolate box village in Buckinghamshire called Haddenham. I felt compelled to stop and take some photographs of the local church, St Mary’s, which is a beautiful 13th century building situated by a pond.

It was a bright and sunny day, with the smell of freshly cut grass in the air. The pond was busy with wildlife but the rest of the village remained sleepy.










Tiggywinkles is an animal hospital and sanctuary situated just outside Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. It is billed as the world’s busiest wildlife hospital and is available 24/7 for animal casualties.

The hospital cares for all kinds of wild animals, including deer, foxes, badgers, squirrels, hedgehogs, rabbits and birds. Its aim is to rehabilitate sick or injured animals, but when this is not possible they are cared for at Tiggywinkles for the remainder of their lives.

Tiggywinkles was officially opened in 1983 and named after the Beatrix Potter character Mrs Tiggywinkle, due to the large number of hedgehogs coming into the centre. A special hedgehog only ward – St Tiggywinkles – was thus created.


As the hospital is not state funded, they rely on generous donations from the public and from the proceeds of their visitor centre, which includes a gift shop, outdoor picnic area, coffee shop, a hedgehog memorabilia museum, and children’s play area.


The public are able to visit the animals in the sanctuary, which features a large aviary for red kites. The kites are the subject of daily talks, as are the hedgehogs.

The sanctuary also has a large pond for ducks and swans, a deer paddock and several gardens for smaller creatures.

If you would like to donate to an excellent animal charity or for more information please visit the website

Open to visitors 10am to 4pm seven days a week until September 30th. Adult tickets priced at £5.10

Today was the first day in a long time that the rain stayed away for the entire day. I was able to leave the house without a jacket and took a relaxing walk down by the Thames, close to where I live in Berkshire.

Green leaves had appeared on the branches of the oaks and the willows, and the river was abundant with wildlife; swans, ducks and geese were enjoying the water, and many of them stopped to say hello. I’m looking forward to seeing their cygnets, ducklings and goslings soon too.

I recently spotted two Rose-ringed Parakeets on the tree outside my window but sadly they left before I could photograph them.

Last summer I encountered a dragonfly in the house, which was a new experience for me. It was around the size of a large butterfly, and had an iridescent petrol-like sheen, which was visible in its languid movements. These are creatures I have only seen in nature documentaries and books so hopefully I will get another chance to photograph them both this year, as well as any other interesting animals who choose to visit my garden.

Fingers crossed for a good summer.