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I hope you enjoy this site and that the images express some of my wonder for the natural world.

My name is Alex McCarthy and I’m an amateur naturalist and conservationist living in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. A large proportion of my photographs are taken from my local nature reserve and this region along with its natural history, is a constant inspiration. Working close to home also allows me to gain an intimate knowledge of the area, while also minimising my carbon footprint. Although I love all British wildlife, I have a particular passion for macro photography, predominantly of insects but also fungi. My favorite subjects are butterflies and dragonflies. I’m a member of ‘Butterfly Conservation’, ‘British Dragonfly Society’ and ‘Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales’. When I’m not out with my camera stalking insects I like to volunteer in wildlife conservation projects organised by the Wildlife Trust. I hope that my images will help highlight the beauty and importance of insects and the environment on which we all depend.

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Wildlife Macro Photographer, Naturalist & Conservationist

I have always had a passion for wildlife and this has been a constant inspiration throughout my work as an illustrator and photographer. From the illustrations of sea animals in my children’s book, In Search of the Blue Whale; to my photographs of the tiny creatures that make up 99 percent of animal life visible to the naked eye, no creature is considered too big or too small for admiration.

I work out of my home studio in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, where I live with my wife, daughter, fox terrier and french bulldog. When not working in my studio I will ride my motorbike to nature reserves, with rucksack full of camera gear balancing precariously on my back! When I’m not out with my camera stalking insects I volunteer in wildlife conservation projects run by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. I hope that the images in this website will help highlight the beauty and importance of insects and the environment on which we all depend.

Latest Articles

Here are some of the latest entries from the blog section.

Ladybird Metamorphosis

October and insects are becoming more difficult to find. Sure enough, there are always the...
October 30, 2017

Sloe Gin Grub

AS EARLY AS SEPTEMBER and the mania for Christmas shopping has already began with the...
September 24, 2017

Moths Glorious Moths

I’VE WANTED A MOTH TRAP for quite some time but the temptation to spend my...
August 30, 2017

M40 Heaven

JUNE IS A GREAT MONTH FOR BUTTERFLIES with up to 54 species on the wing...
July 31, 2017
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