A WOMAN who has spent almost a decade volunteering for the Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust has been recognised for capturing her special bond with her beloved animals through a lens.

Zoe Cox started visiting groups of squirrels nine years ago, building a rapport by spending as much time with them as possible.

Take a look at our gallery of Zoe's pictures at the top of the article...

Snapping an array of delightful images of her furry friends at play, Zoe has previously won a competition with the Red Squirrel Survival Trust - her bluebell squirrel photo winning the spring category.

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She said: "I have seen many red squirrels come and go over the years, but particularly gained the trust and friendship of some, including a male squirrel who I named Hazel.

"He was such a special boy as he really trusted me, especially when he suffered an injury to his nose a couple of years ago.

"He allowed me to help him during the healing process and we formed a bond which was really special."