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Photographer has created her own butterfly-heaven in woodland

PUBLISHED: 16:47 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 25 September 2017

Iwitness24 photographer in focus - Deborah Dumont.

Iwitness24 photographer in focus - Deborah Dumont.

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A Chulmleigh photographer has shared her images from her butterfly-haven. See more of her pictures here.

A keen photographer from Chulmleigh has grown her own ‘little piece of heaven’ to inspire her images and help the environment.

Debbie Dumont said her passion from photography started 12 years ago when she purchased a piece of land with her husband and five children.

Striking colours. Striking colours.

She said: “We have worked really hard over the past 12 years, planting trees to extend our woodland, digging a pond and creating a variety of wildlife habitats. I describe it as ‘my little piece of heaven’.”

Debbie, who has lived in Chulmleigh for 26 years, said her first camera was a Sony Cyber Shot, but she recently received a Nikon P900 as a birthday gift.

I especially love taking photos of butterflies. I especially love taking photos of butterflies.

“It was the best present any one could have bought for me and I never leave the house without it,” she said.

“My favourite locations are Fingle Bridge, Watersmeet, Dartmoor, Landacre, and Exmoor, where there are some lovely walks and of course breathtaking scenery.

A gatekeeper butterfly, also know as a hedge brown, collecting nectar. A gatekeeper butterfly, also know as a hedge brown, collecting nectar.

“I am really passionate about anything to do with wildlife and nature but I particularly love taking photos of butterflies simply because they are so beautiful and delicate.

“Sadly butterflies are in decline, loss of habitat has had a huge impact on numbers having already lost three-quarters of the population.”

A male common blue butterfly takes a break. A male common blue butterfly takes a break.

Debbie has planted lots of butterfly-friendly plants, including Sedum, Buddleia, Borage, Hollyhocks and Verbena on her land.

She added: “We found the internet had some really useful information on how to create your own butterfly friendly area.

A colourful peacock butterfly basks in the sun. A colourful peacock butterfly basks in the sun.

“If you can set aside a rough corner in your garden to allow the nettles and thistles to grow, you will soon notice an increase in species and numbers. We can all do our bit to help.”

Debbie said she has always seen photography has a hobby she enjoys, but she has recently set up a Facebook page called Dumont Photography.

A common blue butterfly reveals its underwing markings. A common blue butterfly reveals its underwing markings.

She added: “I have received many wonderful comments and feedback regarding my photography.

“I am certainly no professional but am enjoying learning how to use my new camera.”

A silver-washed fritillary rests on a buddleia. A silver-washed fritillary rests on a buddleia.

Debbie submitted these stunning photographs on our iwitness24 website. Scroll down to see more or click here to submit your own images.

Simply beautiful markings. Simply beautiful markings.

Preparing for takeoff. Preparing for takeoff.

I never leave my house without my camera. I never leave my house without my camera.

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