Chukchi children at reindeer festival, Siberia
© Bryan and Cherry Alexander / naturepl.com
Horse and rider jumping through fire, Luminarias festival, Spain
© Kristel Richard / naturepl.com
Baby long-tailed macaque, Borneo
© Fiona Rogers / naturepl.com
Arctic fox with snow goose egg, Far Eastern Russia
© Sergey Gorshkov / naturepl.com
Polar bear and cubs walking across snow, Far Eastern Russia
© Sergey Gorshkov / naturepl.com
Walrus, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia
© Sergey Gorshkov / naturepl.com
Snow in Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden
© Pal Hermansen / naturepl.com
Spruce trees bent under weight of snow, Finland
© Erlend Haarberg / naturepl.com
Badger amongst ragwort, UK
© Andy Parkinson / naturepl.com
Brunnich's guillemot diving, Norway
© Roy Mangersnes / naturepl.com
Paddle-flap scorpionfish, Indonesia
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Honeybees pollinating cornflowers in 'Bee World', UK
© Kim Taylor / naturepl.com
Kakapo "Sinbad" amongst bushes, New Zealand
© Brent Stephenson / naturepl.com
Emperor penguin chick, Antarctica
© Fred OIivier / naturepl.com
Little owl young outside nest, UK
© Andy Rouse / naturepl.com
Bengal tiger female and cubs, India
© Andy Rouse / naturepl.com
Blue sharks in the English Channel, UK
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Brown hare running, UK
© David Tipling / naturepl.com
Kamchatka brown bear paw fishing underwater, Russia
© Michel Roggo / naturepl.com
Water hyacinth and red Ludwigia underwater, Pantanal, Brazil
© Michel Roggo / naturepl.com

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Julia Coats of the Animal and Plant Health Agency releasing Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) back into 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 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.

Welcome to the 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…

Feral domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) standing on hind legs on coast, Okunojima Island, also known as Rabbit Island, Hiroshima, Japan.

Discover Rabbit Island!

Find out why Okunojima in Japan is known as Rabbit Island – through Yukihiro Fukuda’s cute and surprising images!

Spectacled flying foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) Hospital President Jenny Maclean stretches out the wing of a bat, Tolga Bat Hospital, Atherton, North Queensland. January 2008.

Jenny Maclean – Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Jenny Maclean, President of the Tolga Bat Hospital, who won first place in the Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year awards.
Check out our gallery on her work in rescuing and rehabilitating Spectacled flying foxes.

Wide angle view of vehicle parked on ice on lake surface. Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, March 2007.

Lake Baikal – Icy Wonderland

Discover the world’s oldest, deepest and largest lake through Olga Kamenskaya’s amazing images. View the gallery or download a pdf to read the full story.

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2). The colours of the tail and comet head come from ionized carbon monoxide (CO+) and diatomic carbon (C2), which glow blue and green respectively in the near-vacuum of interplanetary space. Seen from east of Parker, Colorado, USA, 10th January 2015. Taken using digital focus stacking.

Comet Lovejoy in January Skies

NPL photographer Charlie Summers captured this image of Comet Lovejoy from Colorado, USA on January 10th. This spectacular comet will remain on view in the northern hemisphere, in the Triangulum constellation, until the end of January. At its closest point to Earth on January 7th, it was a mere 43 million miles away and its next visitation here is expected in 8000 years!

Hedge parsley (Torilis japonica) at sunset, silhouetted against sun, England, January.

Three Months of Highlights

We’ve got 3 new galleries of monthly highlights to share with you. November 2014 includes primates, okapis and Chinese material, December 2014 contains Lake Baikal and new African landscapes and conservation, while January 2015 has urban wildlife and the world’s rarest dolphin.

Bar headed geese flying {Anser indicus} captive, photographed during filming of 'Supernatural' series

The flight of the bar-headed goose revealed

A new tracking study has revealed the secrets of the world’s highest bird migration – the Himalayan flight of the bar-headed goose. It has been discovered that rather than reaching a high altitude and staying there they hug the mountainous terrain in order to save energy. View our lightbox of bar-headed geese images here .