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December in Britain is an unpredictable month, depending on the weather systems arriving from the mild Atlantic or the cold continent.Many areas of the country will experience the first serious snow of the country, especially in Scotland and other upland areas. Small birds forage on berries in parks and gardens, or move to milder southern or coastal areas. Squirrels, deer and other mammals work hard to find sufficient food as the temperatures drop. Meanwhile wildfowl and wader numbers build up on estuaries and wetlands, and starling roosts - often in reedbeds - provide a dramatic spectacle at dusk. Pied wagtails, jackdaws and rooks also huddle together for warmth in tightly-packed roosts. Amongst the bare branches of woodlands, late fungi and liverworts stand out in the bleak midwinter.
Two Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) perched, Bristol, UK, December - Steve Nicholls
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Steve Nicholls / Two Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) perched, Bristol, UK, December
Large flock of Rooks {Corvus frugilegus} flying to roost, Buckenham, Norfolk, UK, December - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Large flock of Rooks {Corvus frugilegus} flying to roost, Buckenham, Norfolk, UK, December
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perched on snow covered tree branch, Yorkshire, England, UK. December. - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perched on snow covered tree branch, Yorkshire, England, UK. December.
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) female walking in  snow covered field. Mid Wales, UK, December (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) female walking in snow covered field. Mid Wales, UK, December (non-ex)
Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) feeding at woodland pool, Wales, UK, December - Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) feeding at woodland pool, Wales, UK, December
Red grouse {Lagopus lagopus scoticus} perched on gritstone boulder against blue sky. December, Peak District National Park, UK. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Red grouse {Lagopus lagopus scoticus} perched on gritstone boulder against blue sky. December, Peak District National Park, UK.
Two female Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) in their white winter plumage, Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland, UK, December - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Two female Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) in their white winter plumage, Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland, UK, December
Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) in snow. Wales, UK, December. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) in snow. Wales, UK, December.
Short Eared Owl (Asio flammeus) hunting above grassland. UK, Europe, December. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Short Eared Owl (Asio flammeus) hunting above grassland. UK, Europe, December.
Buzzard (Buteo buteo) pair fighting in a snow covered field. Mid Wales, UK, December.~ (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Buzzard (Buteo buteo) pair fighting in a snow covered field. Mid Wales, UK, December.~ (non-ex)
Two juvenile Common / Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) fighting as they forage on frozen pastureland. These cranes were released by the Great Crane Project onto the Somerset Levels and Moors. Somerset, UK,... - Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Two juvenile Common / Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) fighting as they forage on frozen pastureland. These cranes were released by the Great Crane Project onto the Somerset Levels and Moors. Somerset, UK,...
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) portrait, River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010 - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) portrait, River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010
Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) standing by ice and frost. Norfolk, UK, December. - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) standing by ice and frost. Norfolk, UK, December.
Two Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) squabbling over fish fed to them by visitors,River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010 - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Two Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) squabbling over fish fed to them by visitors,River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) on ice with Carrion crow (Corvus corone), River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010 - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) on ice with Carrion crow (Corvus corone), River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010
Adult Water rail (Rallus aquaticus) in winter, on frosty morning. Dorset, UK, December. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Adult Water rail (Rallus aquaticus) in winter, on frosty morning. Dorset, UK, December.
Flock of Pink footed geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) in flight and feeding on snow covered sugar beet tops, Norfolk, UK, December 2009 - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Flock of Pink footed geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) in flight and feeding on snow covered sugar beet tops, Norfolk, UK, December 2009
Egyptian geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) two walking together in snow, Norfolk, UK. December - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Egyptian geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) two walking together in snow, Norfolk, UK. December
Barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) at Caerlaverock, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, December - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) at Caerlaverock, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, December
Common teal (Anas crecca) resting on ice in a creek. Cefni Estuary, Anglesey, North Wales, UK, December - Mike Potts
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Mike Potts / Common teal (Anas crecca) resting on ice in a creek. Cefni Estuary, Anglesey, North Wales, UK, December
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) pair on water in winter dawn mist, Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland UK, December - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) pair on water in winter dawn mist, Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland UK, December
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) pair on water in winter dawn mist, Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland UK, December - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) pair on water in winter dawn mist, Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland UK, December
Wader flocks mainly Knot (Calidris canutus) in flight over Liverpool Bay with frozen shore in foreground and the North Wales coast in background. UK, December 2010. - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Wader flocks mainly Knot (Calidris canutus) in flight over Liverpool Bay with frozen shore in foreground and the North Wales coast in background. UK, December 2010.
Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) emerging from under hedge in snow, Wales, UK, december - Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) emerging from under hedge in snow, Wales, UK, december
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) running across frosty grass. Buckinghamshire, UK, December. - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) running across frosty grass. Buckinghamshire, UK, December.
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen in snow, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England, UK, December - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen in snow, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England, UK, December
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen in snow, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England, UK, December - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen in snow, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England, UK, December
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) buck in winter in a snow covered garden. Wiltshire, UK, December 2009. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) buck in winter in a snow covered garden. Wiltshire, UK, December 2009.
Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stags with their thick winter coats in snow, late evening light, Monadhliath Mountains, Scotland, UK, December - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stags with their thick winter coats in snow, late evening light, Monadhliath Mountains, Scotland, UK, December
Red deer {Cervus elaphus) Stag and Hind in winter snow. Richmond Park, Surrey, England, UK, December 2010 - Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Red deer {Cervus elaphus) Stag and Hind in winter snow. Richmond Park, Surrey, England, UK, December 2010
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) In winter snow. Richmond Park, Surrey, England, UK. December 2010 - Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) In winter snow. Richmond Park, Surrey, England, UK. December 2010
December moth (Poecilocampa populi) male, Surrey, England - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / December moth (Poecilocampa populi) male, Surrey, England
Kenilworth Castle viewed through fence, covered in hoar frost, Warwickshire, England, UK, December 2010 - John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Kenilworth Castle viewed through fence, covered in hoar frost, Warwickshire, England, UK, December 2010
Oak (Quercus robur) trees in snow covered parkland. Herefordshire, England, December 2010. - Will Watson
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Will Watson / Oak (Quercus robur) trees in snow covered parkland. Herefordshire, England, December 2010.
Full moon over snow-covered Alport Castles, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, December 2009. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Full moon over snow-covered Alport Castles, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, December 2009.
Natural regeneration of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) in winter snow. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, December. - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Natural regeneration of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) in winter snow. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, December.
Sunset with snow storm over moorland, Peak District NP, Derbyshire, UK, December 2009 - David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Sunset with snow storm over moorland, Peak District NP, Derbyshire, UK, December 2009
Loch Morlich frozen over with low winter sun shining through clouds, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December 2010 - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Loch Morlich frozen over with low winter sun shining through clouds, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December 2010
Frost and snow on the trees. Milborne Port, Somerset, England, December 2010. - David Noton
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David Noton / Frost and snow on the trees. Milborne Port, Somerset, England, December 2010.
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) pair on water at sunset, Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland UK, December - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) pair on water at sunset, Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland UK, December
White willow trees (Salix alba) covered in hoar frost, Somerset Levels, UK, December 2010 - Nigel Bean
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Nigel Bean / White willow trees (Salix alba) covered in hoar frost, Somerset Levels, UK, December 2010
Lower Tamar Lake and silhouetted bulrushes (Typha sp.) under a colourful sunrise, Devon / Cornwall border, UK. December 2008. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Lower Tamar Lake and silhouetted bulrushes (Typha sp.) under a colourful sunrise, Devon / Cornwall border, UK. December 2008.
Sunset over Loch Laggan, Creag Meagaidh NNR, Highland, Scotland, UK, December 2010 - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Sunset over Loch Laggan, Creag Meagaidh NNR, Highland, Scotland, UK, December 2010
Snaking cornice edge above Alport Dale, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, December 2009. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Snaking cornice edge above Alport Dale, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, December 2009.
The isthmus between Greater and Little Sark, bound in snow. The heaviest snowfall on Sark in living memory. Channel Islands, UK, December 2010. - Sue Daly
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Sue Daly / The isthmus between Greater and Little Sark, bound in snow. The heaviest snowfall on Sark in living memory. Channel Islands, UK, December 2010.
Frost and snow on the trees at sunset. East Hill overlooking Milborne Port, Somerset, England, December 2010. - David Noton
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David Noton / Frost and snow on the trees at sunset. East Hill overlooking Milborne Port, Somerset, England, December 2010.
Hoar frost on grass with the Cullin in the distance. Isle of Skye, Scotland, December 2010. - David Noton
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David Noton / Hoar frost on grass with the Cullin in the distance. Isle of Skye, Scotland, December 2010.
Heavy build up of hoar frost on a single stem of dead grass. Berwickshire, Scotland, December 2010 - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Heavy build up of hoar frost on a single stem of dead grass. Berwickshire, Scotland, December 2010
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