'There's nothing nicer to look at, especially in all this wet weather we have been having, than the glorious woodpecker,' James Dobson, the wildlife photographer responsible for bringing the wonderful writing to life with his glorious photographs, can't wait to boast about the latest edition. 'Once seen these birds are never forgotten, but also once heard they aren't forgotten either.'
The website is the UK's largest holiday accommodation directory of its kind, and what started off as a small family run business, has been a runaway success with hundreds of pages added each month. Along with his business partner Steve Wake, who is a very accomplished landscape photographer, the pair prides themselves in adding imagery to their writer's research. As directors for the company, Peak District Online, the new pages in the wildlife section are particularly close to both their hearts.
'I absolutely adore animals, particularly birds and it's so wonderful to be able to use my hobby to bring to life the writing, which is an art in itself,' says James. 'These stunning looking birds, with their distinctive colourings, share the common black, white and red colourings, but with different variations on each bird. The Great Spotted Woodpecker has a black and white head and back, its snowy white under parts and its bright red colouring on its nape rump can be seen in a blur as it slips through the trees. 'He goes onto say, 'the images here were actually captured in my back garden in Foolow.'
Usually heard before seen, these wonderful birds are quite the usual visitor to our Peak District woodlands and the distinctive knocking can be heard echoing throughout a lot of the Derbyshire valleys, especially in springtime.
A very keen birdwatcher, James is also a little bit clever with a camera; although very shy about his skill. He has recently had a stunning photograph of a bee drinking nectar against stunning yellow background, chosen as the cover photo for the BBC Nature Facebook page.
'I still can't believe that I was even being considered,' explains James. 'It was such an honour and a privilege to be able to see my work on the BBC website.'
The aim of the new section is to provide as much interesting and informative text to help visitors who arrive at the Peak District learn a little more about their temporary home. He explains that along with the photographs, comes a written explanation and also a bit of humour, facts and figures about each animal or bird that he has taken photographs of.
'A lot of people may not realise who they are actually sharing theirwith,' he laughs.' A lot of our holiday home owners have had their properties a very long time and are home to badger sets, fox dens, but also to the myriad of birds of all shapes and sizes. We thought it would be nice if we could just add a little bit of information about each animal, particularly if somebody is interested in wildlife, but also as a great aid for families to keep the children entertained.'
The Peak District wildlife section is just one of the many pages which make up this very successful website. The team pride themselves of presenting all parts of the Peak District in various formats, in the form of written articles but also accompanied by the stunning photographs the directors have taken themselves.
'We get over 200,000 unique visitors each month,' explains Steve.' We want to be the first to offer all the last-minute holiday deals, but also listing the latest Peak District news and information on behalf of holiday accommodation owners, providing relevant facts and figures to the visitors who arrive at the Peak District for their holidays off day trips.' He goes on to say, 'those who need to know where to go and what to see are all catered for and we also have some stunning Peak District videos which have been a popular part of our websites winning formula.'
See thein all its glory at , including James's wonderful photographs and visit the new pages as they are added on a daily basis, showcasing the wonderful wildlife of the area.
James DobsonPeak District Online0845 1668022