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In April plants and animals alike profit from longer days and warmer temperatures. In woodlands bluebells, wild garlic and early purple orchids flower before the leaf canopy develops. In meadows and hedgerows, snake's head fritillaries, cowslips, pasque flowers and lady's smock may be found. Gorse is in full flower on heaths and clifftops, scenting the air with coconut and attracting insects to feed and birds to nest in safety. Migrant birds brighten the scene, as warblers, cuckoos, swallows, ospreys and nightingales arrive from their winter quarters and the males sing to attract mates and stake out breeding territories. In Scotland black grouse and capercaillie are lekking in the Caledonian pinewoods and glens. Reptiles emerge from hibernation, and adders can be seen sunning themselves on heathland, while bees, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects emerge from their larval state. Water voles are active in streams and watermeadows, feeding on the lush spring vegetation, while predators such as otters, foxes and badgers time their breeding season to coincide with the abundant food supply as spring advances.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in flight. Wales, UK, April. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in flight. Wales, UK, April.
Ladybird on Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) blossom, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK, April - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Ladybird on Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) blossom, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK, April
Beech (Fagus sylvatica) leaf bud opening, April - Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Beech (Fagus sylvatica) leaf bud opening, April
Wild arum / Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) backlit in late eveing sunlight, Collard Hill, Somerset, England, UK. April - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Wild arum / Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) backlit in late eveing sunlight, Collard Hill, Somerset, England, UK. April
Pussy willow catkin (Salix caprea) bursting out from bud, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK, April - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Pussy willow catkin (Salix caprea) bursting out from bud, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK, April
Common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) adult perched, singing, Cambridgeshire, UK, April - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) adult perched, singing, Cambridgeshire, UK, April
Lesser celandine ( Ranunculus ficaria) flowers, UK, April - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Lesser celandine ( Ranunculus ficaria) flowers, UK, April
RF- Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) female resting on Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis). North Devon, UK. April. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / RF- Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) female resting on Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis). North Devon, UK. April. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Cowslips (Primula veris) backlit in evening light, Durlston Country Park, near Swanage, Dorset, UK, April. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Cowslips (Primula veris) backlit in evening light, Durlston Country Park, near Swanage, Dorset, UK, April.
Red campion (Silene dioica) and Bluebell flowers  growing in woodland, Norfolk, UK, April - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Red campion (Silene dioica) and Bluebell flowers growing in woodland, Norfolk, UK, April
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) male displaying at lek, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian, Scotland, UK, April - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) male displaying at lek, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian, Scotland, UK, April
Orange-tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) alighting on Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata). Surrey, UK, April. - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Orange-tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) alighting on Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata). Surrey, UK, April.
Male Brimstone Butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni) at rest on comfrey flower, its wings perfectly mimicking a leaf. Dorset, UK, April. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Male Brimstone Butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni) at rest on comfrey flower, its wings perfectly mimicking a leaf. Dorset, UK, April.
Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) in flower. UK, April. - Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) in flower. UK, April.
Orange Tip Butterflies (Anthocharis cardamines) at rest on a background of purple flowers. Dorset, UK, April. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Orange Tip Butterflies (Anthocharis cardamines) at rest on a background of purple flowers. Dorset, UK, April.
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio) flowers close-up. Barrington Hill National Nature Reserve, Somerset, UK, April. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio) flowers close-up. Barrington Hill National Nature Reserve, Somerset, UK, April.
Wild / Sweet Cherry / Gean (Prunus avium) blossom in spring. UK, April. - Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Wild / Sweet Cherry / Gean (Prunus avium) blossom in spring. UK, April.
Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) seen from a low angle. UK, April. - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) seen from a low angle. UK, April.
RF- Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) perched on blossoming twig. Wales, UK, April. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / RF- Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) perched on blossoming twig. Wales, UK, April. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Crab apple blossom (Malus domestica) 'Red Sentinel'. Norfolk, England, April. - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Crab apple blossom (Malus domestica) 'Red Sentinel'. Norfolk, England, April.
Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) adult perched, singing in hedgerow, Paxton Pit reserve, Cambridgeshire, UK, April - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) adult perched, singing in hedgerow, Paxton Pit reserve, Cambridgeshire, UK, April
Wild Garlic / Ramsons (Allium ursinum) and Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in spring woodland. Cornwall, UK, April 2011. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Wild Garlic / Ramsons (Allium ursinum) and Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in spring woodland. Cornwall, UK, April 2011.
Cowslips (Primula veris) seen from a low angle. Norfolk, UK, April. - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Cowslips (Primula veris) seen from a low angle. Norfolk, UK, April.
Oxlip (Primula elatior) flowering in Hayley Woods, Cambridgeshire, UK, April - Steve Nicholls
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Steve Nicholls / Oxlip (Primula elatior) flowering in Hayley Woods, Cambridgeshire, UK, April
Dandelion (Taxaxacum officinale) in field. UK, April. - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Dandelion (Taxaxacum officinale) in field. UK, April.
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) in parkland with daffodils flowering, Regent's Park, London, UK, April 2011 - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) in parkland with daffodils flowering, Regent's Park, London, UK, April 2011
Cowslip flowers (Primula veris) Norfolk, UK, April - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Cowslip flowers (Primula veris) Norfolk, UK, April
Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) climbing over fence in parkland, Regent's Park, London, UK, April 2011. Photographer quote: 'Grey squirrels may be overfed, oversexed and over here, but they are s... - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) climbing over fence in parkland, Regent's Park, London, UK, April 2011. Photographer quote: 'Grey squirrels may be overfed, oversexed and over here, but they are s...
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) female laying eggs in water. Cornwall, UK, April. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) female laying eggs in water. Cornwall, UK, April.
Queen White tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) feeding on Yellow tree peony (Paeonia ludlowii) flower in  garden, with house in the background, Wiltshire, England, UK, April . Property released. - Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Queen White tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) feeding on Yellow tree peony (Paeonia ludlowii) flower in garden, with house in the background, Wiltshire, England, UK, April . Property released.
Lady's Smock / Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis) in bloom. Dorset, UK, April. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Lady's Smock / Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis) in bloom. Dorset, UK, April.
Orange Tip butterfly {Anthocharis cardamines} male resting on Cuckooflower {Cardamine pratensis}, blue background, north Devon, UK, April. Did you know? Sadly butterflies are not as common as they onc... - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Orange Tip butterfly {Anthocharis cardamines} male resting on Cuckooflower {Cardamine pratensis}, blue background, north Devon, UK, April. Did you know? Sadly butterflies are not as common as they onc...
Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) Bluebells (Endymion nonscriptus) and Red campion (Silene dioica) flowering in Woodland, Norfolk, UK, April - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) Bluebells (Endymion nonscriptus) and Red campion (Silene dioica) flowering in Woodland, Norfolk, UK, April
Fisheye view of carpet of Bluebells (Endymion nonscriptus) in Beech (Fagus sylvatica) woodland, Micheldever Woods, Hampshire, England, UK, April. 2020VISION Book Plate.Did you know? Bluebells were use... - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Fisheye view of carpet of Bluebells (Endymion nonscriptus) in Beech (Fagus sylvatica) woodland, Micheldever Woods, Hampshire, England, UK, April. 2020VISION Book Plate.Did you know? Bluebells were use...
Cuckoo flower / Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis), Catcott Lows SWT reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, April - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Cuckoo flower / Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis), Catcott Lows SWT reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, April
Orange Tip butterfly {Anthocharis cardamines} male resting on Cuckooflower {Cardamine pratensis}, green background, north Devon, UK. April - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Orange Tip butterfly {Anthocharis cardamines} male resting on Cuckooflower {Cardamine pratensis}, green background, north Devon, UK. April
Stands of Cuckoo Flower / Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis) flowering in a damp meadow. Wiltshire, UK, April. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Stands of Cuckoo Flower / Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis) flowering in a damp meadow. Wiltshire, UK, April.
Apple tree (Malus domestica) blossom, Cox variety, UK, April - Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Apple tree (Malus domestica) blossom, Cox variety, UK, April
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) on Apple tree branch with blossom, UK, April - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) on Apple tree branch with blossom, UK, April
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) male amongst Bluebell flowers, UK, April - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) male amongst Bluebell flowers, UK, April
Snake's head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) flowers, Suffolk, UK, April - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Snake's head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) flowers, Suffolk, UK, April
Common Dog Violet (Viola riviniana) in flower. Dorset, UK, April. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Common Dog Violet (Viola riviniana) in flower. Dorset, UK, April.
Green-winged Orchids (Anacamptis morio). Barrington Hill National Nature Reserve, Somerset, UK, April. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Green-winged Orchids (Anacamptis morio). Barrington Hill National Nature Reserve, Somerset, UK, April.
Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes). Samphire Hoe, Dover, Kent, England, April. Focus stacked from 6 images. - Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes). Samphire Hoe, Dover, Kent, England, April. Focus stacked from 6 images.
Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) new leaves opening from bud, UK, April - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) new leaves opening from bud, UK, April
Oxlip (Primula elatior) flowering in Hayley Woods, Cambridgeshire, UK, April - Steve Nicholls
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Steve Nicholls / Oxlip (Primula elatior) flowering in Hayley Woods, Cambridgeshire, UK, April
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) blossom. North Cornwall, UK, April. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) blossom. North Cornwall, UK, April.
Ramsons / Wild Garlic / Buckrams (Allium ursinum) flower bud opening. Dorset, UK, April. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Ramsons / Wild Garlic / Buckrams (Allium ursinum) flower bud opening. Dorset, UK, April.
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