Mike Read

Freelance Nature, Wildlife and Landscape Photographer and Writer with Extensive On Line Searchable Picture Library

Raising money for Conservation

As a method of helping Conservation Charities, Mike Read is willing to donate 10% of all funds raised via sales of his Greetings Cards/Notelets, Fine Art Giclee Prints and Canvas Prints to a single County Wildlife Trust providing you mention your preferred recipient when you order.  At the appropriate time of year, this offer also applies to Christmas Cards.


Mike Read is a professional wildlife and landscape photographer, writer, tour guide and lecturer living on the edge of the New Forest National Park in central southern England UK.

Mike has stocks of over 100,000 transparencies (many already scanned and available for immediate use) and a rapidly increasing quantity of superb digital images available for various publishing projects. Click on the Portfolio tab to see some of his publishing credits.  He also sells prints, greetings cards/notelets and Christmas cards.

Browse the various categories of Mike’s web site and you will see his obvious commitment to quality imagery. His observational skills enable him to find and photograph many of the things that most of us would miss when walking in the countryside. He also has an instinctive ability to see the artistic potential within subjects and the resulting photographs are often stunning in their simplicity and beauty of composition, thus elevating them to works of art. This has led to Mike exhibiting in the ‘Art Marquee’ at the British Birdwatching Fair for a number of years. See him there in August this year.


Mike has co-authored a number of books. Photography for his first titles, ‘The Robin’ and ‘The Barn Owl’, provided a huge challenge in capturing the behaviour and beauty of these two lovely birds. His work must have been successful as both titles went to three print runs but are now sold out. Since then Mike has illustrated ‘The New Forest’ (in the Jarrold Short Walks series), ‘Discover the South Downs’ (written by Peter Brandon) as well as other titles. His local patch, the New Forest, has led to a number of books with Halsgrove Publishing including 'New Forest Moods' which was highly acclaimed for its stunning atmospheric landscape photography.  Mike’s most recent works are ‘Perfect New Forest’, another title featuring the outstanding beauty of this area, and ‘Red Kite Country’. This latter title successfully merges Mike’s words and photography with the beautiful paintings and sketches of wildlife artist Colin Woolf. Also currently available are 'Spirit of the New Forest', a smaller version of New Forest Moods, and 'Spirit of the New Forest Pony'.

Mike Read also makes time to give illustrated talks and write about his love of the natural world and nature photography, drawing on his considerable experiences over the years and as a tour guide to various parts of the globe.



Contact information

Mike Read, Claremont, Redwood Close,

Ringwood, Hampshire, UK, BH24 1PR

Tel: 01425 475008

E.mail: mike@mikeread.co.uk