Here are 26 expertly captured images of wildlife at Staveley Wildlife Reserve, which is regarded as a “little known secret” nestled just outside Ripon.
The reserve has recently blown its cover in aid of an appeal to raise funds to expand its facilities and welcome new visitors to enjoy the wonders of nature.
These 26 images reveal the diversity of wildlife living and breeding at the Staveley site.
All images are shot by photographer Dennis Audsley, who is a regular visitor to the reserve and lifelong wildlife enthusiast.
1. Barn Owl
Pictured: A Barn Owl in full flight across the reserves wild flower meadow. Photo: Dennis Audsley
2. Brown Argus Butterfly
Pictured: A Brown Argus Butterfly ready to take flight. Photo: Dennis Audsley
3. A Little Egret
Pictured: A Little Egret enjoying a the shallows at Staveley Nature Reserve. Photo: Dennis Audsley
4. Sedge Warbler
Pictured: A Sedge Warbler perched on a reed at the nature reserve. Photo: Dennis Audsley