Marks and Spencer and me!

Oooo – I’m on sale in M&S! Well, not me exactly, but one of my photos. In a 2012 calendar that M&S has designed to raise funds for the Woodland Trust. Mine is the January image  – a snowdrop that I photographed one cold winter’s morning, still covered in dew.

Anneliese with her snowdrop photo in the 2012 Marks and Spencer calendar

Anneliese with her snowdrop photo in the 2012 Marks and Spencer calendar

Beady-eyed readers may remember that this image was in the calendar I created myself some years back to raise funds for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

This year, my photos are again being used in my popular BigBuzz Christmas cards, which are being sold to raise funds for the Mwabi Institute, founded by York nurse Wishart Malinga in his home village in Malawi.

Yuletide York - my unique BigBuzz Christmas cards, on sale at

Yuletide York - my unique BigBuzz Christmas cards, on sale at

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These deluxe cards are designed by me and printed here in York by eco-friendly waterless process on FSC certified card. They depict some of the most beautiful doors in historic York, decked out in their Yuletide splendour. Can you work out which door is in which street?

The cards are on sale in packs of 5 from various outlets in York as well as on my website, where they cost £3 per pack, or 2 packs for £5.

Order your cards here

Meanwhile, don’t forget I put on photography workshops for children, families and adults to help you take fabulous nature photographs with simple point-and-shoot cameras or camera phones. Find out more

Contact me for details

Anneliese Emmans Dean – – Bringing poetry to life


Michael Chinery’s latest book

I’m very honoured that one of my insect photos has been included in Michael Chinery’s latest book, which has just been published by A&C Black.

Michael Chinery is one of Britain’s best-known natural history authors. Amongst many other books, he wrote Collins’ Complete British Insects, which has been my insect ID bible ever since I got bitten by the insect bug some years ago.

Most of the photos in Michael’s latest book are taken by the author himself, but there are some extra photos provided by the likes of Roger Key (with whom I worked in Colwall earlier this year), and sawfly expert Guy Knight, who has helped me identify many sawflies I have photographed over the years.

The photo of mine that is included in Michael’s book is of an adult Berberis (also known as Barberry) sawfly. Keen readers of this blog will know that back in 2006, Berberis sawfly larvae raised quite a stir in our back garden (find out more).

The title of Michael Chinery’s book is Garden Pests of Britain and Europe. And if you want a pristine berberis bush in your garden, then I agree that you would view Berberis sawfly larvae as pests. In large numbers they can completely defoliate a bush. If, like many of the people who contact me at my blog, this is the situation you face, then this book will provide you with answers to deal with it.

Order ‘Garden Pests of Britain and Europe’

However, we are lucky: we have only ever had a moderate number of Berberis sawfly larvae on our berberis bush, and so we are able to view them as colourful, entertaining additions to our garden.

Anneliese Emmans