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Hugh Lansdown - photographer, by Ellen Rees

(Photo by Ellen Rees)

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

I'm currently living and working in Beijing, China, but my home is in Swansea, 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

  • Indian Hare Painting
  • 28th July 2015

  • I'm very honoured that the talented artist Lesley Ann has made a painting from one of my Indian Hare photos taken in Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka. Below is a scan of Lesley Ann's painting together with the original photo:

    Indian Hare painting by Lesely Ann Indian Hare (Lepus nigricollis) in Yalla West National Park, Sri Lanka

  • You can see more of Lesley Ann's amazing work here - lesleyannspaintings.weebly.com

  • Successful Survey
  • 4th June 2015

  • Spent the night surveying Median Farm Nature Reserve in Carmarthenshire following the conservation work we've been carrying out over the winter. Between us, Chris Manley, George Tordorff and myself recorded well over 100 species of moth as well as various other invertebrates many of which depend on this kind of work for their survival. (Click here for more photos from the survey)

    Beautiful Golden Y moth (Autographa pulchrina)
    Beautiful Golden Y (Autographa pulchrina)

  • Scarce Butterflies
  • 31st May 2015

  • Good to see lots of rare Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies in the Alun Valley this morning following the winter conservation work we carried out to improve their habitat.

    Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary with open wings

    Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary roosting

  • Pembrokeshire Coast
  • 24th December 2014

  • Spent Christmas Eve walking the Welsh Coastal Path from Pendine to Saundersfoot. Not a lot of wildlife in the cool winter sunshine, but superb views of the Pembrokeshire coastline.

    Marros Sands in the winter sunshine
    Marros Sands, Pembrokeshire

  • Welsh Amphibians and Reptiles
  • 13th -14th September 2014

  • Attended an excellent course on the Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles this weekend, where I not only learnt about how these facinating animals live their lives but I also got the chance study them in the their natural habitat.
    Click here for more photos...

    Young Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) at Parc Slip Nature Reserve
    Young Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) basking in the autumn sunshine

  • Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda
  • 30th July - 1st August 2014

  • The final National Park on my trip to Uganda was Lake Mburo... another savannah reserve but this time with lots of thorn scrub providing cover for species such as eland, impala and topi.

    Topi (Damaliscus korrigum) in Lake Mburo National Park
    Two male Topi fighting... the victor will win the exclusive right to mate with all the females in the herd!

    (Click here for photos of a snake eating a gecko at Lake Mburo...)

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
  • 27th - 30th July 2014

  • Finally reached the main objective of the trip... Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the far south-west of Uganda close to the borders of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. It took a rough four-hour drive followed by another four hours trekking through lush tropical forest on steep mountain slopes, and then suddenly I was standing 5 meters from a majestic silverback Mountain Gorilla! There followed a magical hour photographing him and his family as they foraged, played and groomed each other. More photos of Bwindi primates here...

    Silverback Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

  • More News

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


  • 3rd - 6th August
  • Photographic trip to the Wuyi Mountains, southern China
  • 26th September - 4th October
  • Photographic Trip to Japan
  • Sat 12th December
  • Flying home to Wales