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Wildlife photography - Red squirrels in Formby

PUBLISHED: 14:47 05 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:47 05 February 2014

Photo by Peter Smith

Photo by Peter Smith

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A pair of red squirrels went nuts when they spotted some fancy camera gear in Formby.

Photo by Peter SmithPhoto by Peter Smith

When Peter Smith and Roy Rimmer started their wildlife photography courses they didn’t expect to get this close to nature.

Peter was taking pictures of red squirrels to add to his portfolio of wildlife shots. He left the camera for a couple of minutes before this cheeky pair moved in for close-up of their own. It will be another great shot for Peter to show to people who attend the North West Wild Images courses in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan.

Peter and Roy also help the Lancashire Wildlife Trust by donating images of the region’s wonderful wildlife.

Wildlife Trust Communications Officer Alan Wright said: “Pictures like this are a great help to our work because they help to draw attention to the plight of red squirrels. We have a stronghold of these mammals on the Sefton Coast where they are showing signs of recovery after losing large numbers to a deadly virus. The exciting news is that this native squirrel is battling back and now spreading eastwards into areas of West Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

”Peter and Roy supply superb pictures for the Trust to show the range of beautiful creatures we have in the county. And they are now passing their skills on to budding wildlife photographers who will keep this tradition going.”

Anyone interested in the North West Wild Images courses can contact Peter and Roy at peter.nature@talktalk.net or royrimmer@btinternet.com. There are usually three workshops every month. Their images can be viewed at http://gizmo1234.zenfolio.com/f7534012.

For more information about red squirrels go to www.rsne.org.uk

Make sure you pick up a copy of the March issue of Lancashire Life where we launch the 2014 Lancashire and Lake District Life Photography Competition. It’s open to all amateur photographers (and squirrels) and all images uploaded to our website between now and September will be automatically entered.

The top three will win fantastic photography equipment courtesy of Wilkinson’s Camera’s and there’s a chance your photo could feture in our 2015 reader photo calendar.

To upload your images register and click on the Photo tab at the top.

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