Jon Dunn

Jon Dunn


Jon Dunn is a natural history writer, photographer and wildlife tour guide based in the Shetland Isles, but with strong links in mainland Europe and North and South America that see him travelling widely in search of memorable wildlife encounters.

Author of the critically acclaimed “Orchid Summer” and “Britain’s Sea Mammals”, and co-author of “Britain’s Mammals“, he has written natural history and travel articles for several British magazines and newspapers, and writes the weekly Rare Bird Alert online Rarity Round-Up.

His photos have featured in “Britain’s Sea Mammals” and in numerous magazines and journals (60 North, Birding World, British Wildlife, Birdwatch, British Birds, Birdwatching, Alula, and Dutch Birding) and newspapers (The Sunday Telegraph, i Newspaper, Shetland Times, and Yorkshire Post). Front covers have included 60 North and Shetland in Statistics.

He credits a childhood living in the rural West Country of England for his lifelong interest in all things natural history based – a childhood spent exploring the water meadows and abandoned orchards of the Somerset Levels, and the droves and ancient woods of Dorset’s Blackmore Vale. Before long he had spread his wings further afield and was travelling widely around the British Isles and then further afield in search of birds, butterflies and orchids. A move to Shetland 15 years ago fulfilled his dream of living on the edges of civilisation in one of Europe’s great wild places.

He was once stalked by a Mountain Lion whilst bird-watching on edges of Mexico’s notorious Sierra Madre Occidental, but generally prefers experiencing wildlife on his own terms and not as part of the food chain.

Jon Dunn @dunnjons

@dunnjons @RareBirdAlertUK My only one, Attenborough, Notts 2004...i think?

This evening, after you’ve opened the front door or a window to applaud the wonderful work of our @NHSuk, take a moment to listen for the evocative piping calls of Common Scoters flying overhead, unseen, in the darkness. @SIBirdClub

Another vintage video of a rare bird of days of yore for #ThrowbackThursday - this week, it’s the Sora that wintered beside a busy footpath in Newton Abbot, Devon, 20 years ago.

And with that, I have a new favourite seal photo. 🥰

Fancy joining me, @michaelastracha and @AnnaLouiseRadio for chats about animal rescue and orchid-hunting? We'll be on @BBCRadioKent at 6pm!

Down to the sea again - to the lonely sea, and the sky - and all I ask is a Common Whelk eggcase - and the British Marine Life Study Society website to identify it by...

(Assuming I’ve got that right. And with apologies to John Masefield)

MEGA: Belted Kingfisher Staffs at Tixall @RareBirdAlertUK The greatest Non-April Fool joke

Turns out those heartwarming boar were being misrepresented.

At least the Llandudno goats don’t appear to be fake ewes...

My weekly round up of the latest scarce and rare bird happenings in Britain and Ireland for the lovely folks at @RareBirdAlertUK. This week mostly scoring an eagle.

#OnThisDay back in 2017, I had my 1st PhD #sampling, early #spring for Northern #Greece. Love at 1st sight w/ my "floating hearts", Ophrys #helenae, as I like to call them. #Love what you do people, and you'll never have to "work" for a day! #IJobMyLove #PhDstories