Warm southerly winds and sunshine at the start of the month brought out the best of our spring butterflies and moths, and an early surge of migrant birds. But just as we became used to basking in the sun, a colder airflow towards the end of the month brought a rush of Arctic waders and terns. From Scarce Prominent moths and blossoming Early Purple Orchids to a stunning Western Subalpine Warbler and summer plumage Bar-tailed Godwits.
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Photographs from left to right: Bar-Tailed Godwit by Andy Hood, Green Hairstreak by Allan Rodda and Early Purple Orchid by Richard Baines
(9th May 2017)