British spring wildlife in pictures

When the puffins land onto breeding islands in April, they’re often a little nervous as they return and check their burrows. This puffin was walking in and out of burrows for almost 10 minutes- maybe he had forgotten which was his! © Danielle Connor

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Young Wildlife Photographers UK is an exciting project unveiling wildlife and nature photography and stories to a broader audience. Social networking is our tool to expose young talent and the next generation of British wildlife photographers.

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This project isn’t just about photography but also to show that young people are still keen to be in touch with nature and are eager to conserve and protect it.

The project aims to reveal compelling and striking photography of the natural world in the eyes of young people, to share inspirational stories and powerful images that uncover nature or address a strong conservation issue.

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This is a local vixen I came to know as Rosie, she was very relaxed with me taking her portrait and was always a humbling experience. © Samuel Horne
This is a local vixen I came to know as Rosie, she was very relaxed with me taking her portrait and was always a humbling experience. © Samuel Horne
This photo was the product of dozens of visits to the same site, as I repeatedly tried to recreate the image in my mind of a mute swan with a gosling swimming past some spring vegetation! © Matt Livesey
This photo was the product of dozens of visits to the same site, as I repeatedly tried to recreate the image in my mind of a mute swan with a gosling swimming past some spring vegetation! © Matt Livesey
Whilst I was a volunteer on Lundy island, I spent my free time photographing and filming seabirds underwater, to show how superbly adapted they are to diving to catch. It was an absolutely mind-boggling experience to be surrounded by guillemots diving underwater in the epic sunset light! © Joshua Harris
Whilst I was a volunteer on Lundy island, I spent my free time photographing and filming seabirds underwater, to show how superbly adapted they are to diving to catch. It was an absolutely mind-boggling experience to be surrounded by guillemots diving underwater in the epic sunset light! © Joshua Harris
One thing I’ve never got round to investing in is an angled viewfinder attachment for super low level photography. Taking this shot meant angling my head really awkwardly just to be able to roughly compose it. I only realised after that I’d captured a spider hanging down from the bluebell’s petals. A welcome surprise. © Yusuf Akhtar
One thing I’ve never got round to investing in is an angled viewfinder attachment for super low level photography. Taking this shot meant angling my head really awkwardly just to be able to roughly compose it. I only realised after that I’d captured a spider hanging down from the bluebell’s petals. A welcome surprise. © Yusuf Akhtar
With lots of time off after my finals in Exeter I spent a lot of time in the Topsham bird hide, my efforts paid off on a still evening (perfect for reflections) when this heron was fishing close by!” © Olly Johnson
With lots of time off after my finals in Exeter I spent a lot of time in the Topsham bird hide, my efforts paid off on a still evening (perfect for reflections) when this heron was fishing close by!” © Olly Johnson
This vixen was walking slowly towards me. I wanted to create something interesting with the pink spring flowers. I crouched down and manually focused onto the vixen, creating the pink effect. © Danielle Connor
This vixen was walking slowly towards me. I wanted to create something interesting with the pink spring flowers. I crouched down and manually focused onto the vixen, creating the pink effect. © Danielle Connor
Gannet in flight’- photographed at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, thousands of Gannets can be seen soaring through the air following their fishing trips. © Alex Permain
Gannet in flight’- photographed at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, thousands of Gannets can be seen soaring through the air following their fishing trips. © Alex Permain
This photo I find to be very comical from the expression on the deer's face, almost asking me who are you, or can I help!? © Samuel Horne
This photo I find to be very comical from the expression on the deer’s face, almost asking me who are you, or can I help!? © Samuel Horne
I found this Carrion Crow foraging among a flowerbed. I used the colours of the flowers to contrast with the monotone black of the crow. © Gideon Knight
I found this carrion crow foraging among a flowerbed. I used the colours of the flowers to contrast with the monotone black of the crow. © Gideon Knight
“Throughout the spring and early summer of 2018, I spent my evenings photographing a local badger sett. Over the weeks I began to work out their behaviour and, working with the evening light, was subsequently able to capture close up images of the young cubs. This was the view one evening as I sat a mere couple of metres away from two of the cubs as they emerged to start foraging.
“Throughout the spring and early summer of 2018, I spent my evenings photographing a local badger sett. Over the weeks I began to work out their behaviour and, working with the evening light, was subsequently able to capture close up images of the young cubs. This was the view one evening as I sat a mere couple of metres away from two of the cubs as they emerged to start foraging. © Toby Pickard
I’ve always admired the bluebells in a local wood a short drive from my house, but last spring I decided to try and get some shots of birds perched with the flowers in the background and foreground – only one bird cooperated with my efforts, but I was more than happy with this robin! © Matt Livesey
I’ve always admired the bluebells in a local wood a short drive from my house, but last spring I decided to try and get some shots of birds perched with the flowers in the background and foreground – only one bird cooperated with my efforts, but I was more than happy with this robin! © Matt Livesey
During late evening, this short-eared owl was making its final hunting trip of the day; patrolling the coastal plains looking for her next meal. © Alex Permain
During late evening, this short-eared owl was making its final hunting trip of the day; patrolling the coastal plains looking for her next meal. © Alex Permain
I was out walking on a warm spring day at a nearby lake when I came across this damselfly perched on a tall blade of grass sticking out over the path. Luckily it was far out enough from the background to be able to isolate it alongside a tip of another blade of grass. © Yusuf Akhtar
I was out walking on a warm spring day at a nearby lake when I came across this damselfly perched on a tall blade of grass sticking out over the path. Luckily it was far out enough from the background to be able to isolate it alongside a tip of another blade of grass. © Yusuf Akhtar
When the puffins land onto breeding islands in April, they’re often a little nervous as they return and check their burrows. This puffin was walking in and out of burrows for almost 10 minutes- maybe he had forgotten which was his! © Danielle Connor
When the puffins land onto breeding islands in April, they’re often a little nervous as they return and check their burrows. This puffin was walking in and out of burrows for almost 10 minutes- maybe he had forgotten which was his! © Danielle Connor
Spring and early summer sees the emergence of foxes from their dens as their young gain confidence. Bristol is home to a large population of urban foxes and the lighter evenings allow for some great photographic opportunities - this was my view of a young adult fox after spending an hour or two with it as it wandered around the local park at dusk. © Toby Pickard
Spring and early summer sees the emergence of foxes from their dens as their young gain confidence. Bristol is home to a large population of urban foxes and the lighter evenings allow for some great photographic opportunities – this was my view of a young adult fox after spending an hour or two with it as it wandered around the local park at dusk. © Toby Pickard