The Peak District Photographer Who's a Definite Favourite with the Beeb - Peak District Online's Director, has Definitely Caused a Buzz

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James Dobson, director for the UK's largest Peak District guide for accommodation is a budding photographer who has just had his stunning photograph of a bee drinking nectar against a stunning yellow background, chosen as the cover photo for the BBC Nature Facebook page. With over 24,000 'likes,' it is a very popular site and James is thrilled and delighted to have his image taking pride of place. But this isn't the first wildlife photograph the BBC has chosen from his collection. His images are no strangers to Springwatch either.

BBC Nature Cover Photograph by James Dobson

I was so surprised to get the email from the BBC that I was even being considered

At last the sun is shining in Derbyshire and the BBC choose a very sunny looking, bee-utiful photograph as their Facebook front cover.

Passionate about the Peak District, a director for the UK's largest Peak District guide for accommodation is also a wildlife photography fanatic. James Dobson, a.k.a. Villager Jim, has lived and worked in the Peak District for the most of his life. Along with his business partner and budding landscape photographer, Steve Wake, the pair manage the very successful website They are both experts in sourcing all the latest Peak District information, news and events as well as providing their own stunning photographs to add humour, style and atmosphere to their pages dedicated to all that is Derbyshire.

'Jim is very shy about his photography skill,' explains Steve. 'We both are to be honest but our readers seem to like what we do and while they do, we'll carry on doing the job we love.'

James has just learnt his photograph of the bee drinking from a gorse bash, taken near his home in the glorious White Peak , has just been chosen as the front cover of the very popular BBC Nature Facebook page dedicated to wildlife news, nature facts and natural history videos from the famous BBC nature team.

'I was so surprised to get the email from the BBC that I was even being considered,' explains James. 'It is such an honour and a privilege to be able to see my work on the Facebook page, I still pinch myself that I've actually won.'

No stranger to having his work used by local Peak District websites, and recently in a humorous book about chicken husbandry, Jim has submitted several photographs to the BBC which have been used on the Springwatch and Autumnwatch programs. He won the accolade of beating over 50,000 other photographers to win the coveted title of Springwatch Photograph of the Year, with his stunning photograph of a mother starling feeding her young fledgling a couple of years ago.

'That was a very special moment for me,' he says proudly.' I have to say though, this is even better because my children now are old enough to appreciate their dad being cool at last and having a cover photograph chosen to be used on their beloved Facebook.'

The new Peak District wildlife section on has a page dedicated to each of the subjects which James has painstakingly photographed in and around his home.' I learned very early on, that patience is definitely a virtue when you're a wildlife photographer waiting for that special moment. I'm a very early riser and most of my most successful photographs have been moments captured just after dawn, when the light is absolutely amazing and there is no one else around.' He goes on to say,' I can't explain how privileged it makes you feel when a barn owl shares its space with you, or a buzzard lands just a few feet from your lens. It starts my mornings off wonderfully and certainly puts a spring in my step, ready to take on the challenges of the working day.'

Visit and see the new Peak District wildlife section with James photographs, and also the gorgeous pages dedicated to Peak District Villages, which showcases Steve's glorious handiwork with the camera. Each week several new pages are added throughout the site and the two friends are making it their mission to provide more photography to bring the writing to life.

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