Photographer highlights animals on island
A wildlife photographer has launched a new book featuring land animals from Bermuda, Australia and Britain.
Jessica Riederer’s limited edition book Wild in Bermuda and Beyond On Land features about 200 photographs taken over the past ten years and was designed to promote wildlife conservation.
The 45-year-old, from Southampton, said: “The book is educational — it aims to get people discussing wildlife and having open conversations about our environment.”
She added that she hoped the book would be adopted as part of the curriculum in Bermudian schools.
Ms Riederer said: “There is not a lot of focus on wildlife and conservation in our education system and I really wanted to open up an awareness, awe and appreciation of nature. I would relish the opportunity to have it as part of our curriculum.
“Only three per cent of our plants are endemic, so with all these invasive species like casuarinas, we have lost a lot of our native species, such as the cicadas and animals that were dependent on our cedar forests.
“Our remaining endemic wildlife needs all the help that it can and if you care about something, you are more likely to work to preserve it.”
The latest volume is her second book of nature photography. She launched her first, Bermuda: Wildlife and Landscape Images, in 2016.
Ms Riederer, an animal behaviourist, is now at work on a third book, Wild in Bermuda’s Ocean, which will focus on her underwater work.
She said: “I spend a lot of time in the water. I want to show people that you don’t necessarily have to have fancy equipment or to have a boat to get good photos underwater — I just use a little Olympus Tough.
“Right around the island there are so many different species to encounter. Most were found in shallow water right off shore.”
Ms Riederer has worked with animals since 2000, first as an animal behaviourist at the Alice Springs Desert Park in the Australian Outback and as the head of education at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the UK.
Her wildlife prints are also available for purchase from her website.
Ms Riederer has printed 100 copies of her book which is on sale at Bookmart in Brown and Co, on Front Street, and costs $45.
• Ms Riederer’s work can also be seen on her Instagram page @jriedererphotography or at jriedererphotography.com
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