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Stunning aerial images featuring in the Dorset Wildlife Calendar

PUBLISHED: 11:16 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 21 February 2017

Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks


This year’s Dorset Wildlife Calendar features breathtaking aerial images of some of its reserves

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 2017 calendar- Dorset Above and Beyond – provides a stunning new perspective on many of Dorset’s special places, including some of the Trust’s lesser-known reserves. The photographs taken by James Burland using a drone, with technical assistance and advice from Paul Hoskins at, are a visual love letter to Dorset’s amazing wild spaces from an aerial viewpoint. James, who is Dorset born and bred, said: “The drone gave me a bird’s-eye view of many of the Trust’s iconic reserves as well as Dorset’s distinctive landscape.”

In the interests of safety and privacy James only flew the drone when nobody was around, which resulted in some interesting early morning wildlife encounters. “I had just launched the drone on the Fleet at Chesil when I noticed a skylark ascending at almost exactly the same rate as the drone. It stopped and hovered, maintaining its position perfectly for many minutes, singing loudly. It continued to ascend and sang long after my drone battery had died – a poignant reminder of the efficiency of these amazing little creatures.”

Find out more about the calendar and the reserves featured at

Tadnoll & Winfrith

A+ South & South West

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