Upland: Shropshire’s Long Mynd and the Stiperstones

The Long Mynd and the Stiperstones ridge make up the largest area of heathland in the Shropshire Hills - Upland is a celebration of this beautiful area, which is one of the unsung wonders of the UK.

Mistlethrush at Carding Mill Valley © Andrew Fusek Peters

About the photographer

Andrew Fusek Peters was originally commissioned by the National Trust and Natural England to produce a photographic record of the flora and fauna of the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones. However, his work soon expanded beyond the scope of the initial project, as he found himself drawn further into Upland’s many stories.

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Upland is an exploration of this beautiful and fragile area: its landscape, flora and fauna, the magic of the region captured through his lens, and its story depicted with passion and lyricism by a man who lives and breathes the landscape.

Andrew Fusek Peters is a conservation photographer and prolific author with over 100 published titles including Dip, Ravenwood and Wilderland. Many of the photos in Upland have already been published in the national papers. Andrew’s super moon was on the front of the Times and his full moon rising over the Devil’s Chair appeared in the Times and the Telegraph. He regularly contributes to magazines such as The Countryman and Amateur Photographer.

Click here to visit his website.

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A cold December afternoon on the Burway, Long Mynd, with stormy views to the far Wrekin © Andrew Fusek Peters
A cold December afternoon on the Burway, Long Mynd, with stormy views to the far Wrekin © Andrew Fusek Peters
Grey wagtail in the stream at Carding Mill Valley © Andrew Fusek Peters
Grey wagtail in the stream at Carding Mill Valley © Andrew Fusek Peters
The heath spotted-orchid is quite a find on a farm that edges the lower slopes of the Lond Mynd © Andrew Fusek Peters
The heath spotted-orchid is quite a find on a farm that edges the lower slopes of the Lond Mynd © Andrew Fusek Peters
Long Mynd at dawn in August when the heather is in bloom © Andrew Fusek Peters
Long Mynd at dawn in August when the heather is in bloom © Andrew Fusek Peters
When the heather is out, the Mynd is transformed. The female grouse feeding at dunk is easier to spot now. © Andrew Fusek Peters
When the heather is out, the Mynd is transformed. The female grouse feeding at dunk is easier to spot now. © Andrew Fusek Peters
Bog pools above Wildmoor Pool © Andrew Fusek Peters
Bog pools above Wildmoor Pool © Andrew Fusek Peters
In winter, golden plover like high remote spots such as High Park on the Mynd, or here on the bare, chilly top of Corndon Hill. © Andrew Fusek Peters
In winter, golden plover like high remote spots such as High Park on the Mynd, or here on the bare, chilly top of Corndon Hill. © Andrew Fusek Peters
On hilly farmland where the curlews return in spring, a single kite soars against the snowy backdrop of the Stiperstones © Andrew Fusek Peters
On hilly farmland where the curlews return in spring, a single kite soars against the snowy backdrop of the Stiperstones © Andrew Fusek Peters
Once they have young to feed, both dipper parents are on full time duty. © Andrew Fusek Peters
Once they have young to feed, both dipper parents are on full time duty. © Andrew Fusek Peters
In winter, this ancient bridge over the river is a quiet, contemplative spot, giving little hint of how it supports new life for dippers year after year. © Andrew Fusek Peters
In winter, this ancient bridge over the river is a quiet, contemplative spot, giving little hint of how it supports new life for dippers year after year. © Andrew Fusek Peters
Bog bean has made a good recovery up here and is indicative of good upland habitat health. © Andrew Fusek Peters
Bog bean has made a good recovery up here and is indicative of good upland habitat health. © Andrew Fusek Peters
Patience brings the male wheatear almost up to Andrew's car window. © Andrew Fusek Peters
Patience brings the male wheatear almost up to Andrew’s car window. © Andrew Fusek Peters
The sparrowhawk stayed for a couple of seconds and then flew off. © Andrew Fusek Peters
The sparrowhawk stayed for a couple of seconds and then flew off. © Andrew Fusek Peters
Juvenile cuckoo © Andrew Fusek Peters
Juvenile cuckoo © Andrew Fusek Peters
Greenhairstreak butterfly © Andrew Fusek Peters
Greenhairstreak butterfly © Andrew Fusek Peters
Hares are less common in the uplands and more likely to be spotted in the valleys. © Andrew Fusek Peters
Hares are less common in the uplands and more likely to be spotted in the valleys. © Andrew Fusek Peters
With his car as cover, Andrew was able to shoot ridiculously close to the redstart parents as they feed their young © Andrew Fusek Peters
With his car as cover, Andrew was able to shoot ridiculously close to the redstart parents as they feed their young © Andrew Fusek Peters
Mistlethrush at Carding Mill Valley © Andrew Fusek Peters
Mistlethrush at Carding Mill Valley © Andrew Fusek Peters
When the heather blooms in August, the whole Long Mynd turns purple and the best time to catch the views over Shropshire towards the far Wrekin is before dawn © Andrew Fusek Peters
When the heather blooms in August, the whole Long Mynd turns purple and the best time to catch the views over Shropshire towards the far Wrekin is before dawn © Andrew Fusek Peters