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July is a great month to explore the British countryside and coastline, from the New Forest and Exmoor National Parks, through the sandy beaches of Norfolk and Northumberland, to the mountains of Scotland and the Northern Isles, so this month we focus on the wildlife, plants and landscapes of our popular holiday regions. Visitors to Shetland may see skuas pursuing Arctic terns, as well as black guillemots, puffins and many nesting waders. On the high tops of the Cairngorms ptarmigan and mountain hare are well camouflaged amongst granite boulders, and in Highland lochs and rivers young ospreys and red-throated divers are learning to fish. Migratory butterflies arrive from southern Europe - painted ladies feed on thistles and knapweed and in some years the exotic clouded yellow is quite widespread. Purple emperors and swallowtails are also on the wing, our two most spectacular native butterflies. On Dorset heathlands the rare sand lizard is active and Dartford warblers call from gorse bushes, while glow-worms advertise for mates in areas away from artificial light and nightjars churr on warm evenings. Kestrels, little owls and barn owls are busy feeding on small rodents which abound in cornfields and pastures. In Scottish forests pine martens are on the lookout for young red squirrels, and around the coasts the sharp-eyed may glimpse fishing otters and sea eagles.
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub in late evening light, Leicestershire, England, UK, July - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub in late evening light, Leicestershire, England, UK, July
Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) perched on Heather twig, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate. - Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) perched on Heather twig, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) buck / male in summer coat, Strathspey, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) buck / male in summer coat, Strathspey, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July
Portrait of a young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, North Sea, July - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Portrait of a young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, North Sea, July
RF- European Badger (Meles meles) portrait. Wales, July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / RF- European Badger (Meles meles) portrait. Wales, July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) sub-adult leveret, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? Mountain hares have been in the UK for over 100,000 years - much lon... - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) sub-adult leveret, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? Mountain hares have been in the UK for over 100,000 years - much lon...
Pine marten (Martes martes) two 4-5 month kits running along branch of tree in caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July. Photographer quote: 'Watching a family of young pine ma... - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Pine marten (Martes martes) two 4-5 month kits running along branch of tree in caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July. Photographer quote: 'Watching a family of young pine ma...
Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) in flight, fishing at dawn, Rothiemurchus forest, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate. - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) in flight, fishing at dawn, Rothiemurchus forest, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) on headland of field of Barley. Norfolk, UK, July. - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) on headland of field of Barley. Norfolk, UK, July.
Fence bordering field of Wheat and track with Halnaker Windmill in the background, Chichester, South Downs National Park, Sussex, England, UK, July 2011, 01367059 is a monochrome copy of this image - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Fence bordering field of Wheat and track with Halnaker Windmill in the background, Chichester, South Downs National Park, Sussex, England, UK, July 2011, 01367059 is a monochrome copy of this image
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July.
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) calling, Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles off Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) calling, Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles off Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, July
Female River otter (Lutra lutra) on sea loch, Torridon, Wester Ross, Scotland, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Female River otter (Lutra lutra) on sea loch, Torridon, Wester Ross, Scotland, July
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) at entrance of nesting burrow, Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) at entrance of nesting burrow, Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, July
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) looking down in flight, Cardigan Bay, Wales, UK, July - Graham Eaton
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Graham Eaton / Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) looking down in flight, Cardigan Bay, Wales, UK, July
Purple Emperor (Apatura iris) on Oak leaves basking with wings open, Captive, UK - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Purple Emperor (Apatura iris) on Oak leaves basking with wings open, Captive, UK
Clouded yellow butterfly (Colias crocea) perched on Ragwort flower. West Sussex, UK. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Clouded yellow butterfly (Colias crocea) perched on Ragwort flower. West Sussex, UK.
Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) male on burned and rotting log in garden, Suffolk, UK, July, controlled conditions. Did you know? Stag beetles are known as thunder beetles since they most commonly fly... - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) male on burned and rotting log in garden, Suffolk, UK, July, controlled conditions. Did you know? Stag beetles are known as thunder beetles since they most commonly fly...
RF- Glow-worms (Lampyris noctiluca) females at night. Dorset, UK, captive. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / RF- Glow-worms (Lampyris noctiluca) females at night. Dorset, UK, captive. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
RF- Male Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) in flight, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July. Did you know? Dragonflies spend up to six years as drab aquatic nymphs for only a few weeks as colo... - Ross  Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / RF- Male Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) in flight, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July. Did you know? Dragonflies spend up to six years as drab aquatic nymphs for only a few weeks as colo...
Marbled White Butterfly (Melanagria galathea) resting on Small Scabious (Scabiosa colombaria) flower, Badbury Rings, Dorset, UK, July. Did you know? The marbled white is actually a strikingly coloured... - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Marbled White Butterfly (Melanagria galathea) resting on Small Scabious (Scabiosa colombaria) flower, Badbury Rings, Dorset, UK, July. Did you know? The marbled white is actually a strikingly coloured...
Common blue damselfly {Enallagma cyathigerum}, mating pair, Little Bradley Ponds, Devon, UK. July - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Common blue damselfly {Enallagma cyathigerum}, mating pair, Little Bradley Ponds, Devon, UK. July
Purple Emperor Butterfly (Apatura iris) resting on Sallow leaf (Salix caprea). Alice Holt Forest, Surrey, July. - Mark Payne-Gill
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Mark Payne-Gill / Purple Emperor Butterfly (Apatura iris) resting on Sallow leaf (Salix caprea). Alice Holt Forest, Surrey, July.
Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) fishing at dawn, taking fish from the water, Cairngorms NP, Highland, Scotland, UK, July - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) fishing at dawn, taking fish from the water, Cairngorms NP, Highland, Scotland, UK, July
Pine marten (Martes martes) 4-5 month kit in caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July. Did you know? Despite their small size Pine martens defend territories up to 25 km2. - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Pine marten (Martes martes) 4-5 month kit in caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July. Did you know? Despite their small size Pine martens defend territories up to 25 km2.
Pine marten (Martes martes) adult female portrait in caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Pine marten (Martes martes) adult female portrait in caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July
Pine marten (Martes martes) adult female portrait, standing, in caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July. Photographer quote: ^Sitting alone in my hide for hours on end, you be... - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Pine marten (Martes martes) adult female portrait, standing, in caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July. Photographer quote: ^Sitting alone in my hide for hours on end, you be...
European Stoat (Mustela erminea) in vegetation. UK, July. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European Stoat (Mustela erminea) in vegetation. UK, July.
Young Fox (Vulpes vulpes) in summer. Dorset, UK, July. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Young Fox (Vulpes vulpes) in summer. Dorset, UK, July.
Harvest mouse {Micromys minutus} amongst ripe heads of Barley, Norfolk, UK, July - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Harvest mouse {Micromys minutus} amongst ripe heads of Barley, Norfolk, UK, July
Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) sub-adult leveret portrait. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) sub-adult leveret portrait. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July.
Sika deer (Cervus nippon) female grooming calf, Arne RSPB Reserve, Dorset, UK - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Sika deer (Cervus nippon) female grooming calf, Arne RSPB Reserve, Dorset, UK
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub in late evening light, Leicestershire, England, UK, July - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub in late evening light, Leicestershire, England, UK, July
Badger (Meles meles) adult investigating log under beech tree, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Badger (Meles meles) adult investigating log under beech tree, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, July
White-tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) flying, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / White-tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) flying, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, July
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) in flight, calling. Shetland Isles, Scotland, July - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) in flight, calling. Shetland Isles, Scotland, July
Common swift (Apus apus) in flight, Wirral, Merseyside, UK, July - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Common swift (Apus apus) in flight, Wirral, Merseyside, UK, July
Common swifts (Apus apus) in flight, Merseyside, Wirral, UK, July - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Common swifts (Apus apus) in flight, Merseyside, Wirral, UK, July
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) portrait sitting amongst flowering coastal Thrift (Armeria maritima) with the sea behind. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, July~ (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) portrait sitting amongst flowering coastal Thrift (Armeria maritima) with the sea behind. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, July~ (non-ex)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) swimming underwater,  Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate. - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) swimming underwater, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in flight, carrying sandeels. Inner Hebrides, Scotland. July - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in flight, carrying sandeels. Inner Hebrides, Scotland. July
Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) adult and young chick on breeding loch, Flow Country, North Scotland, UK, July - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) adult and young chick on breeding loch, Flow Country, North Scotland, UK, July
Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) in flight, fishing at dawn, Rothiemurchus forest, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, July. Photographer quote: ^^This female, caught at first light, has two hungry chicks waiting... - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) in flight, fishing at dawn, Rothiemurchus forest, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, July. Photographer quote: ^^This female, caught at first light, has two hungry chicks waiting...
Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) chick mimics his parents cackling display. Shetland Islands, Shetland, UK, July. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) chick mimics his parents cackling display. Shetland Islands, Shetland, UK, July.
Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) fighting, summer plumage, Norfolk, UK, July - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) fighting, summer plumage, Norfolk, UK, July
Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) adult in flight over the sea, Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July 2011 - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) adult in flight over the sea, Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July 2011
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) group surfacing in calm water, Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, July - John MacPherson / 2020VISION
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John MacPherson / 2020VISION / Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) group surfacing in calm water, Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, July
Bottle-nosed Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) spyhopping, emerging vertically from the water. Chanonry Point, Scotland, Moray Firth, July. - Charlie Summers
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Charlie Summers / Bottle-nosed Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) spyhopping, emerging vertically from the water. Chanonry Point, Scotland, Moray Firth, July.
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