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"It was one of those not infrequent days of an English June which are as cold and boisterous as November" wrote Thomas Hardy in The Return of the Native. June is an unpredictable month in the British countryside, but it should herald the start of summer, with wildflower meadows at their peak, and many species of orchids flowering on downland and woodland edges. Our most spectacular butterflies, including the rare swallowtail, are on the wing. Nesting birds are busy feeding young, with many already raising a second brood of the year. Nocturnal hunters such as bats, nightjars and owls, are active as warmer nights guarantee an abundance of insects and small mammal prey. Fallow and roe deer fawns are born and badger and fox cubs are active above ground. Along our coasts, seabird colonies are thronged with ledge-nesting kittiwakes, gannets and auks, while offshore basking sharks may be seen, along with dolphins and seals.
Juvenile European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in public park, Edinburgh, Scotland, June - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Juvenile European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in public park, Edinburgh, Scotland, June
Jumping spider (Euophrys frontalis) male amongst flower petals, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, June. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Jumping spider (Euophrys frontalis) male amongst flower petals, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, June.
Portrait of a Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) doe in rough grassland in summer, Scotland, UK, June 2011. Did you know? Female roe deer are called does and give birth in May and June, usually to twins. - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Portrait of a Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) doe in rough grassland in summer, Scotland, UK, June 2011. Did you know? Female roe deer are called does and give birth in May and June, usually to twins.
Traditionally managed wildflower meadow with Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), Hardington Moor NNR, Somerset, UK, June 2011 - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Traditionally managed wildflower meadow with Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), Hardington Moor NNR, Somerset, UK, June 2011
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) alighting at pond, collecting material for nest building, Scotland, UK, June - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) alighting at pond, collecting material for nest building, Scotland, UK, June
Rear view of Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? The basking shark is the world's... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Rear view of Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? The basking shark is the world's...
Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) breaching, near South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) breaching, near South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June
Black-throated diver (Gavia arctica) Loch Maree, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Scotland, June - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Black-throated diver (Gavia arctica) Loch Maree, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Scotland, June
Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) adult hovering directly in front of the sun, defending nest from perceived threat, Farne Islands, UK.~June - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) adult hovering directly in front of the sun, defending nest from perceived threat, Farne Islands, UK.~June
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mother and calf breaking surface, Moray Firth, Scotland, UK, June 2011. Did you know? Dolphins can swim to the surface to breathe even when sleeping, as they ca... - John MacPherson / 2020VISION
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John MacPherson / 2020VISION / Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mother and calf breaking surface, Moray Firth, Scotland, UK, June 2011. Did you know? Dolphins can swim to the surface to breathe even when sleeping, as they ca...
Pair of Gannets (Morus bassanus) mutual preening, Bass Rock, Firth of Forth, Scotland, UK, June - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Pair of Gannets (Morus bassanus) mutual preening, Bass Rock, Firth of Forth, Scotland, UK, June
A sub-adult female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) swimming on a still lake, Derbyshire, England, UK, June - Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / A sub-adult female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) swimming on a still lake, Derbyshire, England, UK, June
Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) standing on hind legs. Wiltshire, England, June. - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) standing on hind legs. Wiltshire, England, June.
Exmoor pony mare and foal, Exmoor ponies introduced at Street Heath for conservation grazing, Somerset Levels, UK, June 2011 - Paul Harris / 2020VISION
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Paul Harris / 2020VISION / Exmoor pony mare and foal, Exmoor ponies introduced at Street Heath for conservation grazing, Somerset Levels, UK, June 2011
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) perched on rock, Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK, June. - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) perched on rock, Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK, June.
Badger (Meles meles) cub inside hollow log, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, June - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Badger (Meles meles) cub inside hollow log, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, June
Fallow deer fawn {Dama dama} 1-2 hours, Sussex, England - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Fallow deer fawn {Dama dama} 1-2 hours, Sussex, England
European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in the last rays of evening light, Norfolk, UK, June - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in the last rays of evening light, Norfolk, UK, June
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) alert cub portrait,  Derbyshire, UK, June. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) alert cub portrait, Derbyshire, UK, June.
Portrait of a juvenile Little Owl (Athene noctua). Wales, UK, June. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Portrait of a juvenile Little Owl (Athene noctua). Wales, UK, June.
Female Pine marten (Martes martes) in undergrowth, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Argyll, Scotland, June - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Female Pine marten (Martes martes) in undergrowth, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Argyll, Scotland, June
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) staring down track in a field of wheat (Triticum sp.), Berkshire, England, UK, June - Bertie Gregory / 2020VISION
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Bertie Gregory / 2020VISION / Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) staring down track in a field of wheat (Triticum sp.), Berkshire, England, UK, June
European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) young rabbit stands alert in grass, Norfolk, UK, June. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) young rabbit stands alert in grass, Norfolk, UK, June.
Ringlet butterfly {Aphantopus hyperantus} resting on yellow rattle flowers, Denmark Farm, Lampeter, Wales, UK. June - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Ringlet butterfly {Aphantopus hyperantus} resting on yellow rattle flowers, Denmark Farm, Lampeter, Wales, UK. June
Common-spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii), Hardington Moor NNR, Somerset, UK, June - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Common-spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii), Hardington Moor NNR, Somerset, UK, June
Common blue damselfly {Enallagma cyathigerum}, portrait, Tamar Lake, Cornwall, UK. June. Did you know? Damselfly eyes are clearly separated whereas most dragonfly eyes touch, or nearly touch, at the t... - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Common blue damselfly {Enallagma cyathigerum}, portrait, Tamar Lake, Cornwall, UK. June. Did you know? Damselfly eyes are clearly separated whereas most dragonfly eyes touch, or nearly touch, at the t...
Large blue butterfly (Phengaris arion) resting on Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) flower, Collard Hill, Somerset, England, UK, June 2011 - Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Large blue butterfly (Phengaris arion) resting on Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) flower, Collard Hill, Somerset, England, UK, June 2011
RF- Marmalade hover fly (Episyrphus balteatus) feeding on nectar from field rose (Rosa arvensis). Denmark Farm, Lampeter, Wales, UK. June. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royal... - Ross  Hoddinott / 2020VISION
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Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / RF- Marmalade hover fly (Episyrphus balteatus) feeding on nectar from field rose (Rosa arvensis). Denmark Farm, Lampeter, Wales, UK. June. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royal...
Rose chafer beetle (Cetonia aurata) feeding on flowers, Sussex, UK, June - Simon Colmer
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Simon Colmer / Rose chafer beetle (Cetonia aurata) feeding on flowers, Sussex, UK, June
Cotswolds Lion rare breed sheep (Ovis aries) and the village of Naunton at sunset, Gloucestershire, UK, June 2001. - Nick Turner
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Nick Turner / Cotswolds Lion rare breed sheep (Ovis aries) and the village of Naunton at sunset, Gloucestershire, UK, June 2001.
Belted galloway cows (Bos taurus) conservation grazing on Rodborough Common National Trust to help protect the unimproved grasslands, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, June 2011. - Nick Turner
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Nick Turner / Belted galloway cows (Bos taurus) conservation grazing on Rodborough Common National Trust to help protect the unimproved grasslands, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, June 2011.
Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) in flower border, Norfolk Broads, UK, June - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) in flower border, Norfolk Broads, UK, June
Atlantic oak wood (Quercus petraea), Achduart, Coigach and Assynt, Sutherland, Scotland, UK, June 2011. Did you know? 284 species of insect are reliant on oak trees. - Niall Benvie / 2020VISION
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Niall Benvie / 2020VISION / Atlantic oak wood (Quercus petraea), Achduart, Coigach and Assynt, Sutherland, Scotland, UK, June 2011. Did you know? 284 species of insect are reliant on oak trees.
Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) facing each other, standing on hind legs. Wiltshire, UK, June. - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) facing each other, standing on hind legs. Wiltshire, UK, June.
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) and cygnets on water, Westhay Moor SWT reserve, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK, JUne 2011 - Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) and cygnets on water, Westhay Moor SWT reserve, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK, JUne 2011
Pool system on peat bog at dawn, Forsinard Flows RSPB reserve, Flow Country, Sutherland, Scotland, UK, June 2011 - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Pool system on peat bog at dawn, Forsinard Flows RSPB reserve, Flow Country, Sutherland, Scotland, UK, June 2011
Juvenile Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) calling for food, Dorset, UK, June - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Juvenile Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) calling for food, Dorset, UK, June
Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) portrait on fence post. Upper Teesdale, County Durham, England, UK, June. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) portrait on fence post. Upper Teesdale, County Durham, England, UK, June.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) perched on barbed wire with nesting material. Isle of Tiree, Scotland, June. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) perched on barbed wire with nesting material. Isle of Tiree, Scotland, June.
Skylark (Alauda arvensis) chicks in nest, mouths open begging, Norfolk, UK, June - Nigel Bean
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Nigel Bean / Skylark (Alauda arvensis) chicks in nest, mouths open begging, Norfolk, UK, June
Male Common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) perched in woodland, North Wales, UK, June - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Male Common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) perched in woodland, North Wales, UK, June
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) male perched on rock. Upper Teesdale, Co Durham, England, June. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) male perched on rock. Upper Teesdale, Co Durham, England, June.
Two juvenile Starlings (sturnus vulgaris) begging for food from parent, Moray Firth, Scotland, June - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Two juvenile Starlings (sturnus vulgaris) begging for food from parent, Moray Firth, Scotland, June
Skylark (Alauda arvensis) perched on a dry stone wall at dawn, Derbyshire, UK, June - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Skylark (Alauda arvensis) perched on a dry stone wall at dawn, Derbyshire, UK, June
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) perched. West Sussex, England, June. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) perched. West Sussex, England, June.
Reedwarbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) feeding chicks. Somerset levels, England, UK - Jim Hallett
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Jim Hallett / Reedwarbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) feeding chicks. Somerset levels, England, UK
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) chick begging food from adult in garden, Cheshire, UK, June. - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) chick begging food from adult in garden, Cheshire, UK, June.
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) singing from bracken. Upper Teesdale, Co Durham, England, June. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) singing from bracken. Upper Teesdale, Co Durham, England, June.
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