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"March month of many weathers wildly comes" wrote John Clare, a poet with fantastic powers of observation and great knowledge of the countryside. Often a month of bitter cold and wintery landscapes, March is also the month when many birds are actively courting and nest-building, while frogs and toads return to lakes and ponds to spawn. By contrast in Scotland and other upland areas, many creatures still have to contend with significant snowfalls. The March hare is another highlight of the month, as males congregate in arable fields and on downland to pursue females, who engage in boxing matches to fend them off or test their strength. Spring migrant birds start to arrive from Africa and southern Europe, with chiffchaffs and wheatears in the vanguard. Brimstone butterflies are the first on the wing, feeding on the nectar of spring flowers such as coltsfoot, daffodils, wood anemones and celandines, and other insects such as ladybirds and bees emerge from hibernation. Meanwhile, farmers are busy dealing with young lambs and ploughing for Spring crops as the soil temperatures rise, while skylarks start to sing and ellowhammers forage for seeds on the field margins.
Juvenile Common frog (Rana temporia) portrait sitting on moss in spring. Dorset, UK, March - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Juvenile Common frog (Rana temporia) portrait sitting on moss in spring. Dorset, UK, March
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) with moss nesting material. Hertfordshire, UK, March. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) with moss nesting material. Hertfordshire, UK, March.
European / Brown hare portrait (Lepus europaeus), Derbyshire, UK, March. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / European / Brown hare portrait (Lepus europaeus), Derbyshire, UK, March.
Little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) incubating on floating nest, made of weed debris, Derbyshire, UK, March (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) incubating on floating nest, made of weed debris, Derbyshire, UK, March (non-ex)
Mute swan {Cygnus olor} on water with reflection, Shapwick Heath (Somerset Wildlife Trust) Nature Reserve, Somerset Levels, Somerset, UK. March - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Mute swan {Cygnus olor} on water with reflection, Shapwick Heath (Somerset Wildlife Trust) Nature Reserve, Somerset Levels, Somerset, UK. March
Brimstone butterfly (Goneopteryx rhamni) male on Oxslip flower in spring, UK, Captive, March - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Brimstone butterfly (Goneopteryx rhamni) male on Oxslip flower in spring, UK, Captive, March
Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) backlit flowers and foliage. Halsdon Wood, near Dolton, Devon, UK, March. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) backlit flowers and foliage. Halsdon Wood, near Dolton, Devon, UK, March.
Domestic sheep, lambs playing in a field, Norfolk, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Domestic sheep, lambs playing in a field, Norfolk, UK, March
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched in cherry blossom, Dorset, UK, March - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched in cherry blossom, Dorset, UK, March
Wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) flowering, Wiltshire, UK, March - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) flowering, Wiltshire, UK, March
Brimstone butterfly (Goneopteryx rhamni) male on Coltsfoot flower in spring, UK, Captive, March - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Brimstone butterfly (Goneopteryx rhamni) male on Coltsfoot flower in spring, UK, Captive, March
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) calling in apple tree in early spring. Buckinghamshire, England, UK, March. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) calling in apple tree in early spring. Buckinghamshire, England, UK, March.
Male Greenfinches (Carduelis chloris) squabbling in flight. Dorset, UK, March. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Male Greenfinches (Carduelis chloris) squabbling in flight. Dorset, UK, March.
Red kite (Milvus milvus) in flight, Gigrin Farm, Mid Wales, UK, March. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Red kite (Milvus milvus) in flight, Gigrin Farm, Mid Wales, UK, March.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult stretching its wings and neck in dawn sunlight. Derbyshire, UK, March. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult stretching its wings and neck in dawn sunlight. Derbyshire, UK, March.
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) boxing in spring. Norfolk, UK, March - David Tipling
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David Tipling / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) boxing in spring. Norfolk, UK, March
Portrait of a male Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra). North Wales, UK, March. - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Portrait of a male Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra). North Wales, UK, March.
Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata) warming up in late winter sun. Wiltshire, UK, March. - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata) warming up in late winter sun. Wiltshire, UK, March.
Wild Daffodils / Lent Lilies (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) beneath bare trees. Stourhead gardens, Wiltshire, UK, March. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Wild Daffodils / Lent Lilies (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) beneath bare trees. Stourhead gardens, Wiltshire, UK, March.
Adder (Vipera berus) basking on pebble beach. Abbotsbury, Dorset, UK, March. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Adder (Vipera berus) basking on pebble beach. Abbotsbury, Dorset, UK, March.
Wild boar (Sus scrofa) female in woodland undergrowth smelling air for scent of human, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK, March. Photographer quote: 'I am not sure if it was my lack of smelly shower... - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / Wild boar (Sus scrofa) female in woodland undergrowth smelling air for scent of human, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK, March. Photographer quote: 'I am not sure if it was my lack of smelly shower...
Domestic sheep, Texel lambs playing in hay feeder in field, Norfolk, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Domestic sheep, Texel lambs playing in hay feeder in field, Norfolk, UK, March
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) landing on a branch. Wales, UK, March. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) landing on a branch. Wales, UK, March.
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) comes in to land at a nest site. Nottinghamshire, UK, March. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) comes in to land at a nest site. Nottinghamshire, UK, March.
Coots (Fulica atra) two males fighting in a territorial dispute, Nottinghamshire, UK, March. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Coots (Fulica atra) two males fighting in a territorial dispute, Nottinghamshire, UK, March.
Domestic sheep, lambs playing in a field, Norfolk, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Domestic sheep, lambs playing in a field, Norfolk, UK, March
Domestic sheep, two lambs play head-butting in a field, Norfolk, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Domestic sheep, two lambs play head-butting in a field, Norfolk, UK, March
Domestic sheep, lamb standing on ewe, Norfolk, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Domestic sheep, lamb standing on ewe, Norfolk, UK, March
Domestic sheep, three lambs together in a field, Norfolk, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Domestic sheep, three lambs together in a field, Norfolk, UK, March
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass, stretching, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass, stretching, UK, March
European / Brown hare (Lepus europaeus)~male following the scent of a female during the breeding season. Derbyshire, UK, March. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / European / Brown hare (Lepus europaeus)~male following the scent of a female during the breeding season. Derbyshire, UK, March.
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in long grass, camouflaged, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in long grass, camouflaged, UK, March
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) running, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) running, UK, March
Common Frog (Rana temporaria) in garden pond. UK, March. - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Common Frog (Rana temporaria) in garden pond. UK, March.
Common frogs (Rana temporaria) in pond, Norfolk, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Common frogs (Rana temporaria) in pond, Norfolk, UK, March
Common frogs (Rana temporaria) pair in amplexus on journey to spawning pond, Norfolk, UK, March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Common frogs (Rana temporaria) pair in amplexus on journey to spawning pond, Norfolk, UK, March
Great Silver Water / Diving Beetle (Hydrophilus piceus) male. Sussex, UK, March. - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Great Silver Water / Diving Beetle (Hydrophilus piceus) male. Sussex, UK, March.
Saucer Bug (Ilyocoris cimicoides). Sussex, UK, March. - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Saucer Bug (Ilyocoris cimicoides). Sussex, UK, March.
Caddisfly (Trichoptera) larva with a carapace it has constructed from small snail shells. Sussex, UK, March. - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Caddisfly (Trichoptera) larva with a carapace it has constructed from small snail shells. Sussex, UK, March.
Caddisfly (Trichoptera) larva with a carapace it has constructed from bits of vegetation. Sussex, UK, March. - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Caddisfly (Trichoptera) larva with a carapace it has constructed from bits of vegetation. Sussex, UK, March.
Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella) on Sallow catkin, Hertfordshire, England, UK, March - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella) on Sallow catkin, Hertfordshire, England, UK, March
Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella) on Sallow catkin, Hertfordshire, England, UK, March - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella) on Sallow catkin, Hertfordshire, England, UK, March
Female St.Mark's / March Fly (Bibio marci) feeding on Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) flowerhead on coastal cliff overlooking Camel esturary and Atlantic sea. Trebetherick, Cornwall, UK, April. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Female St.Mark's / March Fly (Bibio marci) feeding on Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) flowerhead on coastal cliff overlooking Camel esturary and Atlantic sea. Trebetherick, Cornwall, UK, April.
Seven-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) on leaf, Dorset, UK, March - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Seven-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) on leaf, Dorset, UK, March
Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria) caterpillar. Dorset, UK, March. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria) caterpillar. Dorset, UK, March.
March / St. Mark's flies (Bibio marci) Street Heath SWT reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, April - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / March / St. Mark's flies (Bibio marci) Street Heath SWT reserve, Somerset Levels, England, UK, April
Common snails (Helix aspersa) hibernating on tree trunk in woodland, Norfolk, UK. March - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Common snails (Helix aspersa) hibernating on tree trunk in woodland, Norfolk, UK. March
Flock of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) in snow-covered field, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, March - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Flock of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) in snow-covered field, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, March
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