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Hugh Lansdown in Taksin Maharat National Park, Thailand

My name is Hugh Lansdown and I'm a wildlife photographer.

When I'm not travelling the world in search of unusual wildlife to photograph, I am based in Gorseinon, South Wales where I carry out various training and conservation activities.

If you'd like to see some of the animals I've photographed, you can use the menus at the top to browse my galleries. There are sections for mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects and spiders, as well as all the different countries I've visited.

If you'd like to know more about my photography and the conservation work I'm involved in you can contact me here...

Latest News

  • On Expedition!
  • 18th July - 9th August 2014

  • I'm currently away on expedition in Turkey and Uganda. I will try to respond to communications as quickly as I can but it will obviously depend the availability of wireless connections.

  • Congratulations!
  • 4th - 7th July 2014

  • Congratulations to all the students who successfully completed their four day expedition in the Brecon Beacons this weekend despite thunderstorms, driving rain, hailstones and the local terrorist threat!

    Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition group  Expedition supervisors wearing insect protection head-gear

    More photos from the expedition here....

  • Glowworm and Moth Walk
  • 28th June 2014

  • Thanks to everyone who turned up for the walk Mike Bright and I led around Old Castle Down yesterday evening. Despite the poor weather forcast and late start time we had a great turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Mike managed to find an impressive total of five glowworms all shining brightly...

    Female Glowworm (Lampyris noctiluca) trying to attract a male with her luminescence
    Female Glowworm (Lampyris noctiluca) shining to attract a mate

    My two moth traps also produced a reasonable selection including four beautiful Small Elephant Hawkmoths (Deilephila porcellus). Click here to read a full report on the evening with more photos...

    Small Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila porcellus) on a thistle seed-head

  • Wildlife you don't have to search for!
  • 22nd June 2014

  • I usually have to search for hours to find animals to photograph, but on the Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition his weekend the wildlife came and found us... thousands of tiny midges following us around in swarms. Click here to read the full report with more photos including the affect these vicious little creatures had on my arm....

    Midges (Culicoides sp.) biting my arm

  • Boring Brown Moths?
  • 15th June 2014

  • The trouble with moths is that they're all boring brown things that just buzz around at night... or are they? This lovely creature is a Green Silver Lines I caught in the moth trap last night, more moth photos here...

    Green Silver Lines moth (Pseudoips prasinana) in Gorseinon, south Wales

  • Pembrokeshire Expedition
  • 6th - 8th June 2014

  • Just returned from an exhausting Duke of Edinburgh Award Leaders assessment expedition in the Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire. Thanks to everyone for your support, especially Joe, Sara & Gemma. More photos here...

    Duke of Edinburgh Award Group, Pembrokeshire

  • Rare Snakes and Spiders
  • 29th May 2014

  • Just got back from a very wet but fascinating trip to Surrey where I met up with Matt Dowse from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, who showed me some of the work they're doing to conserve rare reptiles like this gorgeous smooth snake:
    Click here to learn more about the trust...

    Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca) on Crooksbury Common, Surrey, England
    Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca)

    While we were there I was able to show Matt the equally rare Hackled Orbweb Spider which has only been able to survive thanks to the habitat management work the trust has carried out. Click here to read the full article about this strange spider...

  • More News

    If you would like to see some of the older news articles, please click here  


  • Sunday 20th July
  • Expedition to Belgrade Forest, Turkey
  • 21st July - 8th August
  • Gorilla Trecking expedition to Uganda.
  • Saturday 9th August
  • Bosphorus Cruise, Turkey
  • 18th - 22nd August
  • Butterfly Photography trip to Sussex & Dorset.
  • 13th - 14th September
  • Attending Amphibian and Reptile Course.
  • 18th - 22nd September
  • Helping lead Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award final expedition.
  • Mon 5th Jan
  • Talk for the Bridgend Group of the Wildlife Trust on Amphibians and Reptiles Around the World.
  • Tues 3rd March
  • Talk for the Glamorgan Bird Club on Photographing Thai Birdlife.
  • Friday 17th April
  • Wildlife talk for the Cardiff RSPB Group.


  • You can't spend your days out in the countryside photographing wildlife without being amazed at the wonder and intricacy of the natural world. At the same time, the huge threats facing the environment are plain for everyone to see and unless we're prepared to fight to protect it, many of the creatures we admire so much will be lost forever.
  • The Wildlife Trust - www.welshwildlife.org
  • Butterfly Conservation - www.butterfly-conservation.org
  • RSPB - www.rspb.org.uk
  • Amateur Entomologists' Society - www.amentsoc.org
  • British Arachnological Society - www.britishspiders.org.uk
  • Llanelli Naturalists - www.llanellinaturalists.org.uk
  • Gower Wildlife - www.goweros.blogspot.co.uk
  • Glamorgan Wildlife Photographic Club - www.glamorganwildlifephotoclub.org.uk