Interview: Alex White

Alex White is an avid amateur wildlife photographer and enthusiastic blogger. His interest started after his parents took him badger watching aged 3.

In May 2013, he set up Appleton Wildlife Diary as a way to record photographs and blog about his local area in Oxfordshire. In February 2014, he became a Local Patch reporter for BBC Wildlife Magazine and has since appeared in the magazine and various newspapers encouraging others to get out on their local patch.

Alex has an eagerness for learning more about wildlife and regularly attends local nature surveys, including those on moths, bats, plants, fungi and butterflies. He also helps with bird surveys in his local wood on a monthly basis.

Alex has a keen interest in British wildlife and is passionate about promoting the wonderful variety of wildlife that can be found in the UK, particularly on your own doorstep if you take the time to stop and look. British mammals are Alex’s real passion, especially Badgers and Hares. Alex appears in the National Badger Week film called ‘Talking Badgers‘.

He is really enthusiastic on getting other young people involved with wildlife, he took part in The Wildlife Trusts – Every Child Wild campaign.

Alex is a member of Oxon Mammal Group, Oxfordshire Badger Group, BBOWT, Butterfly Conservation, The Badger Trust and A Focus On Nature – a network for young nature conservationists.

Sitting Hare by Alex White

Sitting Hare by Alex White – 2016 Mammal Society Photographer of the Year

He is the winner of The Young Mammal Photographer of the Year category (Winner of the aged 15 and under section, 2016 Mammal Society Photographer of the Year).

‘Even though I spend a long time creeping on my belly to get closer to the hares they still manage to hear me a long way off. This one stopped eating to look to see if I was a threat. You can see its muscles ready to run at any moment.’

More Photos by Alex White

Disclaimer: the views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily reflect those of The Mammal Next Door

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