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John Walters

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I draw and paint wildlife directly from life in the field as I feel this is the only way I can capture the life and vitality of my subjects. I am a keen photographer and specialise in taking photographs of insects. A collection of my wildlife videos can be viewed on Youtube I have written and illustrated several publications, including:

  • The Wildlife of Dartmoor
  • The Minibeast Guide
  • The Rockpool Guide

I sketch in the field using Graffwood 3B pencils and a minimal number of watercolours.


I carry out a range of ecological work and am able to survey invertebrates, birds, mammals and reptiles. I specialise in the identification of ground beetles. Ecological studies of individual species have included various ground beetles, oil beetles and the heath potter wasp. Recent projects include an invertebrate survey of road verges for the Highways Agency, surveying and studying the ecology of the ‘worlds rarest spider’ the Horrid Ground Weaver for Buglife and teaching beetle identification to Plymouth University students.

I have worked as a consultant entomologist and naturalist on many television and radio programmes. These include:


I have been giving talks on wildlife studies for over ten years. These are a combination of field sketches, photographs and video clips. I have thousands of images to choose from so am constantly adding new subjects to my presentations.

Recently I have given talks for the Mid-Devon Natural History Society, Brixham Probus Club and Launceston Camera Club. Subjects include:

  • Wildlife of Dartmoor
  • Secret world of the undergrowth
  • Wildlife of Devon – from shore to moor
  • The Heath Potter Wasp
  • Mandarins, Admirals and Devils Fingers

I also lead workshops in wildlife art, recently working with primary school children at Horrabridge and Buckfastleigh sketching moths and showing the camouflage of moths in my ‘Spot the Moth’ exhibit.


Contact Me

John Walters
  • 47 Oaklands Park,
  • Buckfastleigh,
  • Devon,
  • TQ11 0BP
  • United Kingdom
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