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 found a couple of orchids in flower yesterday here in #Peru. I’m fairly sure one is Ada peruviana; the other a Sobralia species of one flavour or another. All I’m certain about is that I’m fairly out of my orchid-hunting depth here!

A winter plumage #Tystie from my boat a couple days ago off Uyeasound #Unst. With proper snow something of a rarity here in #Shetland you have to pick your moments for high key imagery. Most these guys are in summer plumage already but still 1st winter birds lovely and frosty.

“Biodiversity is just as important for the future of earth as climate change...we stand at a crossroads”: advance details of an 8000-page, 500-scientist UN report into global biodiversity collapse; full report due in May.

The black iris, I. atropurpurea, seen today on the coast of Israel. It has a beauty all of its own.

Rufous-crested Coquette here in #Peru, now. It’s got it all going on.

Today’s adventure playground here in Greece. There will be treasure ⁦@dunnjons⁩ - there’s gold in them there hills too! 😀

Dear @sainsburys, @LidlGB, @AldiUK, @waitrose, @Morrisons, @asda,
So @Tesco have PR trouble due to swallow netting. This is your heads up that people really care about nature. If you find yourselves in a similar situation, who you gonna call? Make it @Natures_Voice not @Rentokil

Tesco Harford Bridge is ready to welcome our precious swallows. There are #NoNets. Thank you everyone @RSPBintheEast

It won’t be long now before these luminous lovers are back on our #Shetland cliff tops...

There’s gold in them there hills. Back of camera Golden-tailed Sapphire & Golden-headed Manakin today in #Peru - also Koepcke’s Hermit amongst double figures of other hummingbird species. More tomorrow.

Far from the rarest bird a South American visitor might see, but what a bird Hoatzin is. As if someone took an ancient chicken, told it to live in riverside trees, and be more punk.

Back in my happy place - South American rainforest. There will be birds.

Underland -- a book I've been working on for too many years -- is published at last on May 2nd. I'll be doing a few UK events/lectures/readings around the book in May. Details below, in case of interest.

Just to clear the air and make sure we’re quite clear about this, @Tesco - do you have any other stores where you’re proactively stopping Swallows from building their nests? We’d love to know. Perhaps you could discuss this, and your policy in this matter, with @natures_voice...

We are pleased to hear @Tesco have taken the decision to temporarily remove the netting from their Norwich Harford Bridge store. We will continue working with Tesco this week to try and ensure this is a permanent move that works for wildlife and celebrates swallows. 🌿🐦

Great news! Thank you @Tesco . I note the word 'temporary' but for now I am thrilled with this progress.

Come on @Tesco. This isn’t difficult. You’re not trying to outwit those tricksy rivals @sainsburys or @aldiUK. We’re talking about a few migratory birds that want to nest on your store. You’re scared of a bit of poo? You should worry about public opinion. Show some imagination...

Look @theJeremyVine after robbing birds of a breeding site and possibly killing others planning permission hasn’t been granted . This ghastly new netting practice has to stop . It’s the antithesis of everything conservation stands for .

This comic is based on the work of Christoph von Beeren and Daniel Kronauer. Von Beeren even named the beetle after Kronauer: it's Nymphister kronaueri! Best honor ever. The ant is an army ant, Eciton burchellii. Read more about it here: