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In August high summer tips over into signs of autumn. Hedgerows are already laden with ripe berries and seeds, attracting birds, butterflies and mammals to feast, while fungi are evident in woodlands, especially in a damp season. In upland areas of the north and west, heather moorland is in glorious bloom, while roebucks are active rutting and in the Caledonian forest pine martens embark on their courtship chase. Around Britain's coasts, waders en route from Arctic breeding grounds stop to refuel on estuaries and marshes, and August is also a prime month to see migrating petrels and shearwaters. Swifts and swallows feed on flying insects in preparation for their long migration and dragonfly numbers reach their peak.

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Scenic view of moorland habitat showing flowering heather (Ericaceae sp) in foreground, Peak District NP, August 2011 - Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Scenic view of moorland habitat showing flowering heather (Ericaceae sp) in foreground, Peak District NP, August 2011
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) amongst Bell heather (Erica cinerea) Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, August. - SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) amongst Bell heather (Erica cinerea) Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, August.
Row of Larch trees on flowering heather moorland, Lammermuir Hills, Berwickshire, Scotland, August - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Row of Larch trees on flowering heather moorland, Lammermuir Hills, Berwickshire, Scotland, August
Exmoor pony {Equus caballus} walking amongst flowering heather {Ericaceae}, near Porlock Hill, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK. August. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Exmoor pony {Equus caballus} walking amongst flowering heather {Ericaceae}, near Porlock Hill, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK. August.
Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) on heather moorland, Derwent Edge, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, August. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) on heather moorland, Derwent Edge, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, August.
Path through Heather in bloom on lowland heathland, Rockford Common, Linwood, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK, August 2011 - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Path through Heather in bloom on lowland heathland, Rockford Common, Linwood, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK, August 2011
Bell heather (Erica cinerea) flowering on Rockford Common, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK, August 2011 - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Bell heather (Erica cinerea) flowering on Rockford Common, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK, August 2011
Wheatear, (Oenanthe oenanthe) perched on gritstone rock amongst flowering heather (Ericaceae sp), Peak District NP, August 2011. Did you know? The wheatear is only in the UK during summer months  the... - Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Wheatear, (Oenanthe oenanthe) perched on gritstone rock amongst flowering heather (Ericaceae sp), Peak District NP, August 2011. Did you know? The wheatear is only in the UK during summer months the...
Offa's Dyke path leading to the summit of Moel Famau in the Clwydian Mountain Range Clwyd, North Wales, UK, August. - Alan  Williams
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Alan Williams / Offa's Dyke path leading to the summit of Moel Famau in the Clwydian Mountain Range Clwyd, North Wales, UK, August.
Exmoor Pony (Equus caballus) foal on heathland, Dunkery and Horner Woods NNR, Exmoor NP, Somerset, UK, August 2010 - Simon Colmer
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Simon Colmer / Exmoor Pony (Equus caballus) foal on heathland, Dunkery and Horner Woods NNR, Exmoor NP, Somerset, UK, August 2010
Pine marten (Martes martes) leaping, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland, August. Highly commended in the Animal Behaviour category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016. - Danny Green
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Danny Green / Pine marten (Martes martes) leaping, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland, August. Highly commended in the Animal Behaviour category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016.
Water vole (Arvicola amphibius) feeding at waters edge, Kent, UK, August. - Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Water vole (Arvicola amphibius) feeding at waters edge, Kent, UK, August.
RF- Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) adult at rest, UK, taken in controlled conditions, August. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / RF- Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) adult at rest, UK, taken in controlled conditions, August. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Welsh mountain ponies, grazing above Rhossili beach, The Gower, Wales, UK, August. - Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Welsh mountain ponies, grazing above Rhossili beach, The Gower, Wales, UK, August.
Dartmoor Ponies sheltering under granite outcrop near Saddle Tor, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England, UK. August 2013. - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Dartmoor Ponies sheltering under granite outcrop near Saddle Tor, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England, UK. August 2013.
Gaada Stack, Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK. August, 2016. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Gaada Stack, Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK. August, 2016.
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Aglais urticae) feeding on Sea Holly flowers (Eryngium maritimum) on coastal dunes, North Norfolk, England, August. - Gary  K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Aglais urticae) feeding on Sea Holly flowers (Eryngium maritimum) on coastal dunes, North Norfolk, England, August.
The Drongs sea stacks silhouetted at sunset, Hillswick, Northmavine, Shetland, Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK. August 2014. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / The Drongs sea stacks silhouetted at sunset, Hillswick, Northmavine, Shetland, Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK. August 2014.
Islands of Boreray and Stac Lee, St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, summer 2015. - SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Islands of Boreray and Stac Lee, St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, summer 2015.
Holkham beach at low tide, Norfolk, UK August - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Holkham beach at low tide, Norfolk, UK August
Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) colony with birds in flight, Bass Rock, Scotland, UK. August - Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) colony with birds in flight, Bass Rock, Scotland, UK. August
Pladda Lighthouse, with Seals (Phoca vitulina) on rocks in foreground at Seal Shore Campsite, Kildonan, Arran, Scotland, August 2011. - Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Pladda Lighthouse, with Seals (Phoca vitulina) on rocks in foreground at Seal Shore Campsite, Kildonan, Arran, Scotland, August 2011.
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) portrait underwater, amongst kelp. Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, UK, August - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) portrait underwater, amongst kelp. Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, UK, August
Sunfish (Mola mola) basking at the surface on summer's day. Penzance, Cornwall, England, British Isles, August. North East Atlantic Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Sunfish (Mola mola) basking at the surface on summer's day. Penzance, Cornwall, England, British Isles, August. North East Atlantic Ocean.
Blue shark (Prionace glauca) near the surface of the English Channel. Penzance, Cornwall, England, British Isles. North East Atlantic Ocean, August. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Blue shark (Prionace glauca) near the surface of the English Channel. Penzance, Cornwall, England, British Isles. North East Atlantic Ocean, August.
Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) portrait, Swanage Pier, Swanage, Dorset, UK, English Channel, August - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) portrait, Swanage Pier, Swanage, Dorset, UK, English Channel, August
Three Little owls (Athene noctua) looking out of a nest hole, Cumbria, UK, August. Captive. - Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Three Little owls (Athene noctua) looking out of a nest hole, Cumbria, UK, August. Captive.
Fledgling Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) calling for food in barn. Dorset, UK, August. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Fledgling Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) calling for food in barn. Dorset, UK, August.
An adult female Spiny Seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) in a meadow of seagrass (Zostera marina). Studland Bay, Dorset, England, UK, August. Photographed under licence from Marine Management Organisat... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / An adult female Spiny Seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) in a meadow of seagrass (Zostera marina). Studland Bay, Dorset, England, UK, August. Photographed under licence from Marine Management Organisat...
Gannet (Morus bassanus) fluffy chick with its parent. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, August. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Gannet (Morus bassanus) fluffy chick with its parent. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, August.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) emerging from water with trout prey, Rothiemurchus, Scotland, UK, August. - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) emerging from water with trout prey, Rothiemurchus, Scotland, UK, August.
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) two breaching in evening light, Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, August, sequence 2/2. Photographer quote: 'A day of overcast cloud cleared in the la... - John MacPherson / 2020VISION
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John MacPherson / 2020VISION / Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) two breaching in evening light, Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, August, sequence 2/2. Photographer quote: 'A day of overcast cloud cleared in the la...
Harvest Mouse ( Micromys minutus) feeding on ear of wheat, Captive, UK, August - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Harvest Mouse ( Micromys minutus) feeding on ear of wheat, Captive, UK, August
Field of ripe golden corn with tree near Chulmleigh, Mid Devon, England. August 2008 - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Field of ripe golden corn with tree near Chulmleigh, Mid Devon, England. August 2008
Ripe Oat crop with Combine harvester in distance, Haregill Lodge Farm, Ellingstring, North Yorkshire, England, UK, August. - Paul Harris / 2020VISION
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Paul Harris / 2020VISION / Ripe Oat crop with Combine harvester in distance, Haregill Lodge Farm, Ellingstring, North Yorkshire, England, UK, August.
Brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in wheat stubble, Norfolk, UK, August. - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in wheat stubble, Norfolk, UK, August.
Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) doe running in a field of barley, Northumberland, England, summer. Although Roe deer mate in August, the fertilised egg is dormant until January, which prevents the fema... - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) doe running in a field of barley, Northumberland, England, summer. Although Roe deer mate in August, the fertilised egg is dormant until January, which prevents the fema...
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted at dawn. Wales, UK, August. Did you know? Unlike rabbits, hares do not dig warrens, just a shallow depression called a form. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted at dawn. Wales, UK, August. Did you know? Unlike rabbits, hares do not dig warrens, just a shallow depression called a form.
Red admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) feeding on ivy, Sark, British Channel Islands, August. - Sue Daly
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Sue Daly / Red admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) feeding on ivy, Sark, British Channel Islands, August.
Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardu) feeding on Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardu) feeding on Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August.
Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) feeding on buddleia flowers, Carrbridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, August. Did you know? Tortoiseshell butterfly caterpillars feed on nettles, and live in gro... - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) feeding on buddleia flowers, Carrbridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, August. Did you know? Tortoiseshell butterfly caterpillars feed on nettles, and live in gro...
Small copper (Lycaena phlaeas) butterfly resting on Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, August - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Small copper (Lycaena phlaeas) butterfly resting on Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, August
Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) male on yellow lotus ( Nuphar lutea) Norfolk, England, UK, August. - Gary  K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) male on yellow lotus ( Nuphar lutea) Norfolk, England, UK, August.
Common darter dragonflies (Sympetrum striolatum) females resting on reed, Dunsdon Nature Reserve, Devon, UK. August. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Common darter dragonflies (Sympetrum striolatum) females resting on reed, Dunsdon Nature Reserve, Devon, UK. August.
Southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea) resting, Somerset Levels, England, UK, August. - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea) resting, Somerset Levels, England, UK, August.
Southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea) dragonfly in flight, Broxwater, Cornwall, UK. August. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea) dragonfly in flight, Broxwater, Cornwall, UK. August.
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) male during rut, Wiltshire, UK (non-ex) - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) male during rut, Wiltshire, UK (non-ex)
Black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa) fighting, Lodmoor RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset, England, August - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa) fighting, Lodmoor RSPB reserve, Weymouth, Dorset, England, August
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