Wildlife on the 'Island of 20,000 Saints' and 20,000 shearwaters
Growing up on Bardsey, a small remote island off the coast of North Wales, has inspired a love for the natural world in Ben Porter, an award-winning young wildlife photographer.
Lying some two miles off the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, Bardsey Island is a small island home to a plethora of interesting birds, plants and other wildlife.
The strategic position of the isle in the Irish Sea lends it well to witnessing large arrivals of migrating birds in spring and autumn, whilst its rocky coast becomes a bustle of thousands of breeding seabirds during the summer. The Welsh name, Ynys Enlli, means ‘island in the tides’, which certainly goes some way to describing the ferocious sea conditions often experienced during the year!'
About the photographer
Ben Porter has grown up on this remote island with his family from the age of 11. His upbringing on Bardsey inspired a love of the natural world and his development into an award-winning photographer. Ben recently graduated from a degree in Conservation Biology with the University of Exeter, and is currently working on a landscape-scale restoration project in mid Wales.
“The natural world is in need of our help live never before," he says, "and as a photographer I hope my images of the natural world inspire people to take action and save this precious green oasis we call Earth."
View more of Ben's photos on his website.
To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.