A pair of Kingfishers photographed at Gosforth nature reserve have proved the source of inspiration for the front cover of this year’s Tyne Rivers Trust charity calendar and have proved lucky for winner, Martin Farrer, who has bagged the front cover shot for the second time in three years.
Martin Farrer, a retired engineer from Corbridge captured the image on a visit as a member of the Natural History Society to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve.
Martin says: “The reserve is a cracking place to take pictures. The Kingfishers aren’t there all the time you’ve got to sit in the hide and wait but after only an hour I got lucky and there were two. They’re about 20 yards away from me so I used a long distance lens to capture them.”
The stand-out image is one of 12 fantastic shots taken by people who live and work in the Tyne catchment and kindly donated to the Trust as part of its annual photography competition. The winning shots from the competition are made into a glossy calendar which is sold to raise money to support the vital work that the Trust does to improve the river.
The production costs of the calendar have been covered for the third year by EGGER, the chipboard factory which sits alongside the River Tyne at Hexham.
Director of Tyne Rivers Trust, Dr Ceri Gibson says: “As the only environmental charity focused on the river Tyne and its catchment, the work that we do to improve water quality and river habitat is vital for a better river and a better region.
“The calendar celebrates the activities, wildlife and industry that makes the River Tyne and its tributaries unique. Thanks to EGGERs sponsorship all proceeds from sales of the calendar go towards our work to improve the river.”
Tobias Zimmermann, Plant Director Technical/Production at EGGER says: “We are delighted to support the ongoing work of Tyne Rivers Trust. Their continued focus on sustainability, is a good fit with our environmental commitment at EGGER.”
The calendar is available to buy from the Tyne Rivers Trust website: www.tyneriverstrust.org/calendar as well as Hexham Abbey gift shop, Forum books in Corbridge and The Sill giftshop.