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

I can usually find one or two cowrie shells amongst the shell debris on my #Shetland beach at low tide; but I've never found as many in one visit as I did this weekend. They always feel like a special treasure, unexpected.

Pyramidal Orchids are the stars of the summer show on (well-managed) roadside verges and embankments. Normally a vivid pink colour, they're sometimes found in paler hues or icy white.

Young? Interested in Neotropical birds? As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, @NeoBirdClub are awarding 25 digital memberships to 25 people under the age of 25. If you are interested please email First come, first served! Please retweet.

Yesterday evening, 10:40pm, the sun was setting, the wind had dropped, and the Arctic Terns were back hunting moths in my #Shetland fields. Dancers.
(Bonus soundtrack of drumming Snipe...)

@PromoteShetland @JLowenWildlife @Natures_Voice @bbcweather

A productive morning adding to my recent project looking at the various iterations of Northern Marsh & Heath Spotted Orchids, and their various offspring and presumed backcrosses. With thanks for the kindness and help of @BethMouat_60N.

Pugsley's Marsh Orchid in North Yorkshire, only 24 spikes, in 2 areas, most in 1 square metre - very variable from delicate, one-sided classic Pugs to probable PMO x CSO (last photo) #vulnerable @thenewgalaxy @ukorchids @dunnjons

21/6/19 Cumbria - I love this time of year, when you can be out past nine o'clock in the evening and still have fantastic lighting for your subjects, such as these Lesser Butterfly #Orchids (P. bifolia) on heathland around the Morecambe Bay limestone pavements #wildflowerhour