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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.
Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) taking a curious peep out of the water, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) taking a curious peep out of the water, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July
Common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) mating pair, male (on the left) transfering sperm to female (right) by wrapping his arms around her face and depositing a sac of his sperm into her spermatheca, a... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) mating pair, male (on the left) transfering sperm to female (right) by wrapping his arms around her face and depositing a sac of his sperm into her spermatheca, a...
Swimming / Harbour crab (Liocarcinus depurator) displaying claws to defend its patch of seabed in a sea loch, Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK, July. Did you know? Of the ten limbs of the swim... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Swimming / Harbour crab (Liocarcinus depurator) displaying claws to defend its patch of seabed in a sea loch, Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK, July. Did you know? Of the ten limbs of the swim...
Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) in bright summer mating colours, peering out from his home in a discarded tube, where he was guarding his eggs (not visible in this photo), Swanage Pier, Dorse... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) in bright summer mating colours, peering out from his home in a discarded tube, where he was guarding his eggs (not visible in this photo), Swanage Pier, Dorse...
Group of Jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis) photographed under blue light to show their fluorescence, Plymouth Sound, Devon, UK, July - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Group of Jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis) photographed under blue light to show their fluorescence, Plymouth Sound, Devon, UK, July
Looking up through water at boy dipping in a rock pool with a shrimping net. Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK. Model released, July - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Looking up through water at boy dipping in a rock pool with a shrimping net. Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK. Model released, July
Pools and bog peatland at dawn, Flow Country, Sutherland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July 2011 - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Pools and bog peatland at dawn, Flow Country, Sutherland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July 2011
Stubble and round straw bales after harvest, Cley, Norfolk, UK, July - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Stubble and round straw bales after harvest, Cley, Norfolk, UK, July
The Devils Dyke, Fulking, South Downs National Park, East Sussex, England, UK, July 2011 - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / The Devils Dyke, Fulking, South Downs National Park, East Sussex, England, UK, July 2011
New Forest pony grazing on Latchmore Bottom at dawn, view from Dorridge Hill, The New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK, July 2011. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? The New Forest was m... - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / New Forest pony grazing on Latchmore Bottom at dawn, view from Dorridge Hill, The New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK, July 2011. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? The New Forest was m...
Meadow cranesbill (Geranium pratense) Lady's mantle (Alchemilla sp) and Clover (Trifolium sp) flowering, Norfolk, UK, July - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Meadow cranesbill (Geranium pratense) Lady's mantle (Alchemilla sp) and Clover (Trifolium sp) flowering, Norfolk, UK, July
Close-up of Bell heather (Erica cinerea) in flower, Flow Country, Sutherland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Close-up of Bell heather (Erica cinerea) in flower, Flow Country, Sutherland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July
Marsh helleborine (Epipactis palustris) close up of flowers, Braunton Burrows, Devon, UK, July. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Marsh helleborine (Epipactis palustris) close up of flowers, Braunton Burrows, Devon, UK, July.
Greater sundew (Drosera anglica) growing in Sphagnum moss, Flow Country, Sutherland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July. Did you know? Carnivorous plants grow in ecologically difficult areas  their presen... - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Greater sundew (Drosera anglica) growing in Sphagnum moss, Flow Country, Sutherland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, July. Did you know? Carnivorous plants grow in ecologically difficult areas their presen...
Spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) flowering, Isle of Skye, Scotland, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) flowering, Isle of Skye, Scotland, July
Dorset heath / heather (Erica ciliaris) in bloom, Stoborough Heath, Dorset, UK, July - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Dorset heath / heather (Erica ciliaris) in bloom, Stoborough Heath, Dorset, UK, July
Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebeius argus) male at rest on Bell heather (Erica cinerea) Minsmere RSPB reserve, Suffolk, UK, July - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebeius argus) male at rest on Bell heather (Erica cinerea) Minsmere RSPB reserve, Suffolk, UK, July
Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus), New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK, July - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus), New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK, July
Male Small skipper butterfly (Thymelicus sylvestris) feeding on nectar from Black knapweed (Centaurea nigra) flower at RSPB's Hope Farm Reserve, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, July - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Male Small skipper butterfly (Thymelicus sylvestris) feeding on nectar from Black knapweed (Centaurea nigra) flower at RSPB's Hope Farm Reserve, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, July
British Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio machaon) at rest. UK, July. - Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / British Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio machaon) at rest. UK, July.
Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) two males displaying aggressive behaviour on oak tree branch at woodland edge, Suffolk, UK, Controlled conditions, July - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) two males displaying aggressive behaviour on oak tree branch at woodland edge, Suffolk, UK, Controlled conditions, July
Raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) on water, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) on water, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July
Common or Viviparous lizard (Lacerta vivipara) basking on fence post, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Common or Viviparous lizard (Lacerta vivipara) basking on fence post, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July
Little Owl (Athene noctua) perched in front of a stone wall. Wales, UK, July. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Little Owl (Athene noctua) perched in front of a stone wall. Wales, UK, July.
Little Owl (Athene noctua) young owlet perched in Oak (Quercus) branches. Wales, UK, July. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Little Owl (Athene noctua) young owlet perched in Oak (Quercus) branches. Wales, UK, July.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) perched carrying wasp in bill. West Sussex, England, July. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) perched carrying wasp in bill. West Sussex, England, July.
Marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) chick at its nest site, defiant as it is approached by a licenced bird ringer, Sculthorpe Nature Reserve, Norfolk, UK, July 2010 - Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / Marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) chick at its nest site, defiant as it is approached by a licenced bird ringer, Sculthorpe Nature Reserve, Norfolk, UK, July 2010
Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) against mountains. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) against mountains. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July.
Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) running. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) running. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July.
Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) cock in summer plumage. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) cock in summer plumage. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, July.
Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) in a ripe barley field. Perthshire, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) in a ripe barley field. Perthshire, Scotland, July.
Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) hauled out portrait on kelp. Farne Islands, Northumberland, July. - David Tipling / 2020VISION
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David Tipling / 2020VISION / Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) hauled out portrait on kelp. Farne Islands, Northumberland, July.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying through a rainbow. Aviemore, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill
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Fergus Gill / Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying through a rainbow. Aviemore, Scotland, July.
Silhouette of Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) flying over water, hawking for insects, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Silhouette of Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) flying over water, hawking for insects, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, July
European rabbit {Oryctolagus cuniculus} juvenile looking alert, Backlit, UK - Chris O'Reilly
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Chris O'Reilly / European rabbit {Oryctolagus cuniculus} juvenile looking alert, Backlit, UK
Female Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus), captive,~Fife, Scotland, UK, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Female Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus), captive,~Fife, Scotland, UK, July
Great skua (Stercorarius skua) silhouetted in evening sunlight. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, July (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Great skua (Stercorarius skua) silhouetted in evening sunlight. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, July (non-ex)
Clouded yellow butterfly {Colias crocea} in flight over thistle flowers, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Clouded yellow butterfly {Colias crocea} in flight over thistle flowers, UK
Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)~on Marguerite / Oxeye daisy, UK - Simon Colmer
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Simon Colmer / Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)~on Marguerite / Oxeye daisy, UK
White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) pollinating Foxglove (Digitalis sp) flower, England, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) pollinating Foxglove (Digitalis sp) flower, England, UK
Pine Marten (Martes martes) Argyll, Scotland, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Pine Marten (Martes martes) Argyll, Scotland, July
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
Female Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) mouthiing the camera lens, Lundy Island, Devon, England, UK. July - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Female Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) mouthiing the camera lens, Lundy Island, Devon, England, UK. July
RF- Male Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) swimming over seaweed. Lundy Island, Devon, England, UK, July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF- Male Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) swimming over seaweed. Lundy Island, Devon, England, UK, July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) resting vertical beneath the surface, Lundy Island, Devon,  UK. July - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) resting vertical beneath the surface, Lundy Island, Devon, UK. July
Compass jellyfish {Chrysaora hysoscella} with predated fish amongst tentacles, Isles of Scilly, UK - Michael Pitts
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Michael Pitts / Compass jellyfish {Chrysaora hysoscella} with predated fish amongst tentacles, Isles of Scilly, UK
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, The Flannans, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, July 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Green
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Green / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, The Flannans, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, July 2009
Glow worm (Lampyris noctiluca) climbing on stem of grass, with tail emitting bioluminescence, England, UK, July - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Glow worm (Lampyris noctiluca) climbing on stem of grass, with tail emitting bioluminescence, England, UK, July
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