I recently reviewed the magnum opus by Tim Sands (Wildlife in Trust) which chronicles the first 100 years of the Wildlife Trusts for BBC Wildlife magazine.
I picked the book up again recently (which in itself is something of an achievement as it is very heavy) and made a rough note of the species illustrated within it. There are some very attractive photographs within the book’s nearly 800 pages.
Not surprisingly there are a lot of images of badgers in this book, and quite a few otters, brown hares and water voles too. Mammals get good coverage but there are birds everywhere in this book. The birds chosen to illustrate the Wildlife Trust story include four different osprey images and three each of red kites and avocets – I checked that this wasn’t an RSPB book! There is even a flock of cranes on the cover.
Butterflies are well-represented but other insects are in short supply, as are all other animals.
If you judged the work of the Wildlife Trusts by the animal images they use in their own book they are mostly working on the cutest mammals, quite a lot of birds and some lovely butterflies.
Maybe we’ll have to wait for the centenary of Buglife before we get a more representative portrayal of the diversity of wildlife in the UK.