Bird”s eye Britain: Amazing collection of aerial photographs showing nation from above released to mark the Jubilee year

This brilliant new collection of aerial photographs giving a spectacular bird”s eye view of Britain from above has been released to mark the Queen”s Jubilee year.

Bustling cities contrast with serene stretches of glorious countryside as sites that might seem ubiquitous from the ground are transformed into unique and wonderful images when viewed from above.

The heart-stopping shots are the work of dedicated aerial photographer Jason Hawkes who developed a real love of Britain”s varied landscape since taking his first flying lesson 20 years ago.

Perfect location: The Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland featured in the Harry Potter films

Perfect location: The Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland featured in the Harry Potter films

Jubilee year: Buckingham Palace dominates the landscape in their aerial view of London

Jubilee year: Buckingham Palace dominates the landscape in this aerial view of London

Jolly hockey pics: Pictured from above these sports and the ant like people pitches take on a strange geometrical beauty

Jolly hockey pics: Pictured from above these sports pitches and the ant like people playing take on a strange geometrical beauty

Jason, who has produced more than 40 aerial photographic books for various publishers, said: “Britainis a stunning country to photograph – the topography is so varied.

“In just a morning”s flight you can gofrom busy town and cities to tiny rural villages, from rugged mountain scenery to the flattest broads, and from meandering inland waterways to remote coastlines.

“And as for the history and heritage -it”s surely one of the richest landscapes in the world for ancient monuments and magnificent architecture, both old and new.

“It”s a thrilling place to discover on foot, but perhaps all the more intriguing from the air.”

Field of dreams: The Oval cricket pitch in South London at night

Field of dreams: The Oval cricket pitch in South London at night

Fun land: A rollercoaster track twists and turns to form an incredible image at this British amusement park

Fun land: A rollercoaster track twists and turns to form an incredible colourful image at this amusement park in Southend-on-Sea

Looking down on an angel: A rarely seen of Anthony Gormley

 Jason has specialized in aerial photography since 1991 and has produced more than 40 aerial photographic books for publishers

Brighton Pier: Jason has specialised in aerial photography since 1991 andhas produced more than 40 aerial photographic books for publishers

Hanging out with Nelson: A view looking down on Nelson

Hanging out with Nelson: A view looking down on Nelson”s Column in London”s Trafalgar Square

Ace view: Centre Court at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club

Ace view: Centre Court at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club

Suburban heights: The stunning aerial images were captured by photographer Jason Hawkes while he was shooting various assignments across the country in a helicopter

London suburbs: The stunning aerial images were captured by photographer Jason Hawkes while he was shooting various assignments across the country in a helicopter

Heritage site: A quiet moment at Stonehenge

Heritage site: A quiet moment at Stonehenge

Wrong turns: Longleat maze is the largest in Britain Wrong turns: Longleat maze near Bath is the largest in Britain