Chernobyl's exclusion zone spans 2600 square kilometres.
The exclusion zone's villages and towns were evacuated and have laid empty ever since.
Radiation levels vary across the area, with some villages almost complete no go zones.
It is amazing to see the rapid succession of vegetation.
Roofs and streets are now covered in shrubs, trees and grasses.
The stadium in Pripyat was one of several attractions that never reached completion before disaster struck.
Military encampments, crucial to the Soviet's spying on the West had to be abandoned.
Homes lay completely abandoned. Nature is the only inhabitant.
Some of the older buildings have fallen into complete disrepair.
Orchards have taken over the gardens of homes in the CEZ.
Everything from mice to bears roam the CEZ.
The cooling ponds in the shadow of the reactor are home to healthy populations of fish and amphibians attracting vast flocks of water birds.
Racoon dogs thrive, escapes from fur farms they can be found across eastern Europe.
The cranes of Pripyat's shipping yard, unused and rusted provide perfect roost sites for cormorants.
Black grouse can be found in the open fields around the CEZ.
Kestrels nest on the old apartment buildings of Pripyat.
Ospreys hunt from the wires above the cooling ponds.
Some people have returned like Maria. Defying the laws she has lived back in her home for the past 26 years.
At 76 she says she doesn't see the radiation, doesn't smell the radiation and doesn't taste the radiation. But she is one of the lucky ones.
The dykes that were maintained by farmers have broken down leading to flooded fields and wet woodlands, perfect for European moose.
Beavers swim in the cooling ponds, lakes and rivers.
In 1996 the ancient Przwelaski's horse was introduced to the CEZ.
After a poaching problem they are now beginning to thrive across the zone. The world's only true 'wild' horses.