Dan Bolt was born in South Devon and for the…
by Nigel Hicks
Wild Southwest is a colourful, richly illustrated introduction to southwest England’s most beautiful wild places, as well as its magnificent plant and animal wildlife. With a text that is both informative and entertaining, illustrated with Nigel’s stunning landscape and wildlife photography, this book aims both to inform and inspire, bringing to life the beauty of southwest England’s natural world.
Covering the four southwest counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, environments covered by this book include the region’s two national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor) and its geological World Heritage Site (Dorset’s Jurassic Coast), as well as a host of wider environments, ranging from Somerset’s Mendip Hills and Dorset’s chalk grasslands, to the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, the lovely Isles of Scilly, and the stunning submarine environment that surrounds the southwest peninsula.
Plant and animal wildlife ranges from bee orchids to basking sharks, the book describing and illustrating some of the most colourful and iconic species – as well as quite a few that are barely known outside specialist circles – that call southwest England home.
Though too brief to be a comprehensive in-depth analysis of the region’s natural environment, nevertheless this book presents a wide-ranging overview of much of the best that the southwest has to offer, aimed at the general reader who has a love of the natural world in general, and of southwest England in particular.
Trained originally as a biologist but working as a professional photographer for over 20 years, Nigel Hicks is hugely experienced at photographing natural landscapes and wildlife all over the world. Based in southwest England, commissioned projects have taken him repeatedly to China and Southeast Asia, as well as to environments as diverse and far-flung as Kenya, Iceland, Patagonia, the Amazon and Alaska. He has written and/or photographed for a string of books on China, the Philippines and photographic techniques, so it has been a natural step to turn his attention to his home area of southwest England, using some well-honed skills to generate a book that is close to his heart.
Nigel shoots extensively for National Geographic Creative, the publishing division of the USA’s prestigious National Geographic Society, and is a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography, the highest qualification in what is one of the UK’s leading professional photography bodies.