Cowslips growing on organic farm, UK
© Ernie Janes / naturepl.com
Blue tit in flowering apple tree, UK
© David Tipling / naturepl.com
Common toad tadpoles swimming, Belgium
© Bert Willaert / naturepl.com
California sea lions swimming in kelp forest, California
© Pascal Kobeh / naturepl.com
Man looking through transparent ice, Lake Baikal, Russia
© Olga Kamenskaya / naturepl.com
Young Baikal seal at ice hole, Russia
© Olga Kamenskaya / naturepl.com
Feral domestic rabbit, Japan
© Yukihiro Fukuda / naturepl.com
Bengal tiger female carrying cub, India
© Andy Rouse / naturepl.com
Mbuti pygmy boys in traditional body paint and straw skirts, Africa
© Steve O. Taylor / naturepl.com
Dune valley with camel thorn trees, Namibia
© Hougaard Malan / naturepl.com
Pair of blesbok galloping, South Africa
© Neil Aldridge / naturepl.com
Eastern chimpanzee mother and baby, Tanzania
© Anup Shah / naturepl.com
Baobab trees under night sky, Botswana
© Hougaard Malan / naturepl.com
Herons at night, Hungary
© Bence Mate / naturepl.com
Ring-necked parakeets on way to roost, UK
© Sam Hobson / naturepl.com
Pine marten on garden fence, France
© Eric Medard / naturepl.com
Pied wagtail roost, Heathrow Airport, UK
© David Tipling / naturepl.com
Golden damselfish amongst red whip coral, Indonesia
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Blood pheasant drinking from stream, China
© Dong Lei / naturepl.com
Deer mouse on giant puffball watches mosquito, USA
© Alexander Badyaev / naturepl.com

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What's new

Blue shark (Prionace glauca) close up, Azores, Portugal.

New BBC series: Shark

The BBC are launching their first major wildlife series devoted to one of the most fascinating groups of fish in the sea – sharks. With coverage of over thirty different shark species they explore their hunting methods, their intricate social lives, courtship, growing up and the threats they face. Explore our shark gallery, including work by Chris Fallows who was an advisor on the series.

Mark Elliott, project manager of the Beaver project, and Julia Coats of the Animal and Plant Health agency releasing Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) back to the River Otter. Part of escaped population re-released to the wild following veterinary check ups. Taken on the second day of Beaver releases after release of two adults and a young beaver on Monday 23rd March. Project managed by Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon, 24th March 2015. Model released.

Return of the Beaver

Beavers have officially made a return to England, after being hunted to extinction centuries ago. Nick Upton has documented the work of the Devon Wildlife Trust as they performed health checks and then released the group of European beavers back into the River Otter. Contact us if you want to see related video clips.

Ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea) behind Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Svalbard, Norway, July.

Svalbard Exposed

Roy Mangersnes and Ole Jorgen Liodden have published a new book celebrating the unique landscapes and wildlife of Svalbard. Explore our Svalbard Exposed gallery, which includes many of the book images, to find out more…

Hawaiian monk seal caught in fishing tackle off Kure Atoll, Pacific Ocean

NPL supports the Monk Seal Foundation

This quarter we are supporting the work of the Monk Seal Foundation to protect the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal.
To find out more about this species and endangered seals in general, check out our Seal Conservation gallery.

Cotswolds Lion rare breed sheep (Ovis aries) and the village of Naunton at sunset, Gloucestershire, UK, June 2001.

Year of the Sheep

19th February marks the start of the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese zodiac, so we’re celebrating our coverage on sheep and goats, both wild and domesticated. Amongst the earliest of all domesticated animals, there are now 2 billion sheep and goats worldwide. View our gallery and find out more about these surprising animals…

Kagus (Rhynochetos jubatus) captive, Parc zoologique et forestier / Zoological and Forest Park, Noumea, South Province, New Caledonia. Endangered species

Discover New Caledonia

We now have unrivalled coverage on the wildlife, plants and landscapes of New Caledonia, the South Pacific island which is home to an amazing diversity of endemic plants and animals, including the extraordinary flightless kagu. Explore our brand new gallery

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Featured Story

Moray eel (Muraena helena) looking out of a hole in the artificial reef, Larvotto Marine Reserve, Monaco, Mediterranean Sea, July 2009.Creating a Reef

Across the world’s oceans, new reefs are being created by accidentally or deliberately sunk objects – from wrecks to jetties, tyres and concrete blocks. To find out more about this good news story, view our gallery and download the pdf here.

Latest Highlights

Great white egret splashingBest of April 2015!

Check out tigers in action, African wildlife, rare penguins, dramatic bird photography, wild Mongolian horses, and cute koalas, plus wildflower meadows, adventure travel and much more...

Supporting Conservation

 By licensing images, you can help!

We support conservation by making a quarterly donation from our sales revenue to a charity or specific project which is making a difference. This quarter we are supporting the work of the Devon Wildlife Trust. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris) and poet's daffodil (Narcissus poeticus) on the Piano Grande, Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy, May.Sandra Bartocha

Sandra Bartocha is our latest featured photographer of the month. Her creative plant and landscape images have been successful in many international photography competitions and she was one of the photographic team on the pan-European Wild Wonders of Europe initiative. To find out more about Sandra’s work and to view her portfolio, click here.

Book of the month

Green turtle hatchling swimmingWildlife Under The Waves

For ‪‎World Oceans Day (8th of June 2015)‬ we're promoting the beautiful new book Wildlife Under the Waves by Jürgen and Stella Freund. Find out more and view a gallery of the highlights here.