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This photo was taken in June, whilst watching some recently fledged young Hawfinch. They are easier to see in the winter however, when they are more likely to come down to the feed on the forest floor.
Photographed back in May, a Pearl-bordered Fritillary in Gloucstershire. This butterfly was once very widespread but has declined rapidly in recent decades, and is now highly threatened in England and Wales. It flies close to the ground, stopping regularly to feed on spring flowers such as Bugle. It can be distinguished from the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary by the two large silver 'pearls' and row of seven outer 'pearls' on the underside hind wing, and also the red (as opposed to black) chevrons around the outer pearls and the small central spot on the hind wing.
Wood Mouse in the Forest of Dean. I noticed this Wood Mouse was regularly using the same hole, so getting the photo was simply a case of leaving the camera pre-focussed near the hole, and watching from a distance for the mouse to move in to position before firing the shutter remotely. The Wood Mouse is our most common and widespread wild rodent. It is an inhabitant mainly of woodland and fields but is highly adaptable and is found in most habitats if not too wet. It is rarely recorded on higher exposed ground with little cover. Wood mice are essentially nocturnal but some individuals may venture out in daylight.