To All Members Of The Urban Wildlife Group

Hi Wildlifers,

Group Guidelines.

I have been rejecting quite a few good pictures lately and would like to explain why.
These are the two most common reasons.

1. There is no information about the species or where it was taken.
2. The location is mentioned, but as far as I can make out using Google maps, both in map view and satellite view, the location is clearly rural rather than Urban.

The definition of Urban that I use is here… quote… ‘Urban areas may be cities, towns or conurbations, but the term is not commonly extended to rural settlements such as villages and hamlets.’

If you think that I have rejected a picture unfairly due to the location, check out how it looks on Google maps bearing in mind the above definition.

It is quite difficult being fair because human interpretations of a definition tend to vary from country to country according to scale. For example “my back yard” in Australia or USA, might be 50 acres of unspoilt rural bliss, or even desert, whereas in England it could be 10 square yards of unmown grass! We are densely populated over here.

Another example are wildlife centres. Some are situated in large parks in the middle of cities, like L.A. or London (acceptable) whereas some are situated in the country or desert (not acceptable). Just because there are a few huts and a canteen doesn’t make a desert or country park Urban!

Maybe I should post an appeals topic in the Forums and start a debate! I began this group because I had a few wildlife pictures rejected from Wildlife groups as they contained part of some sort of human clutter like cars, streets, telegraph poles or buildings. These groups were purists so I felt there was a need for Wildlife pictures taken in towns and cities. Bear all this in mind when submitting pictures. Possibly I have rejected pictures that other wildlife groups would love, and possibly they have rejected pictures that Urban Wildlife would really appreciate, so dig into your archives and keep all those great pictures coming.


To All Members Of The Urban Wildlife Group

John Hooton

Croydon, United Kingdom

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The two most common reasons why work for Urban Wildlife is rejected.

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