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

A Black Mountain Moth clings on during gale force winds, rain and a daytime max of 4oC in NW Scotland. These should really be renamed The Tenacious for all they endure on the high tops, they really are incredible moths. #TeamMoth #MothsMatter #UKMoths @BC_Scotland @BritishMoths

The Daily Moth 114. A Hornet Moth's mimicry is so fine-tuned as to encompass sound alongside sight – with wings made to whirr like an irate vespid. I didn’t know when first swishing a net at one & some underlying atavistic fear made my palms start sweating. #MuchAdoAboutMothing

There’s a walrus 400 yards from our front door - an absurd sentence! What an immense and intimidating creature. One of many photos taken from the kayak this evening!

The Isles of Scilly - what a place 🙌

There's a big game tonight, though I can't quite find hummingbirds in the white of the England and blue of the Scotland teams' shirts...

I'd watch, but instead I'll be talking hummingbirds with @portilloandhen on @TimesRadio. If the football's proving too much, maybe join us...

Well done to our macro master Matt!

You can join him for a special Minibeast & Macro tour in glorious Greece next June. He will be joined by @bugboybaker @dunnjons so something of an elite or A-Team of guides for you!

My new book, #TheGlitterInTheGreen, is published in the UK a week today. It's a deep narrative dive into the shimmering world of hummingbirds, their places, their people, and their prospects.

If that sounds intriguing, it's available to pre-order now:

In Kent searching for rare orchids once more, and thoroughly enjoying a chance to catch up, at last, with the cambrensis variation of Bee Orchid.

If, like me, you enjoy photographing orchids, you might enjoy a week of it in Greece next spring!

You'll benefit from the knowledge & expertise of both @sarah_cuttle & @dunnjons for photography tips & tutorials & I'll pop along with some Greek snacks😋

Anthony McGeehan writes beautifully about birds and birding - he's long been something of a hero of mine.

Am thrilled he's reviewed #TheGlitterInTheGreen for @RareBirdAlertUK - and he likes it!

Ophrys candica, one of many orchid treasures to be found on our odyssey to Greece every spring!

Join Orchid Summer author Jon Dunn & Yiannis Christofides there in April next year.

Details & booking on our website...

If you go down to the woods today...
You'll see the most incredible display of Lesser Twayblade at the Linn of Dee, @MarLodgeNTS. Thousands of flower spikes blanketing the understory of the conifers. I've never seen anything like it! #Wildflowerhour @PlantlifeScot @ukorchids

Considerably less uncommon and easier to find than Lesser Twayblade, Common Twayblade have a widespread distribution in Britain and, in some places, can carpet the ground with an immense profusion of tall, green spires. Another underrated beauty...

'A delightful hymn of praise to the most extraordinary of all the world's bird families'

Join @dunnjons on his hummingbird odyssey across the Americas: #TheGlitterInTheGreen publishes on June 24th

How it should be done! Passed this sign in Rotherham yesterday

Bonxie chick. From cute-as to hard-as. Love em. Field work is just so, so cool this time of year.

I have been up since 4.30 again, please pre-order my book out of sheer pity. Have a heart.

@dunnjons @PromoteShetland @BSBIbotany @wildflower_hour @Vaasetter @LeifBersweden @PlantlifeScot @Love_plants @NatureInShet @shetlandnature @Britnatureguide In the world of “Lesser Twayblade Envy”, I call this “greater” Lesser Twayblade; all 5 inches of it! Seen on Exmoor last week

My first Bee Orchids of the year! Always so delighted to see these happy little faces, they always make me smile! 😄 #Ophrysapifera early for #WildflowerHour