April in pictures

Social distancing measures and the Government’s Coronavirus stay-at-home message meant that we asked you to share some of your garden photos – and have we had some amazing shots.

And the picture (above) of the first Toads returning to the garden pond  taken by Sarah Lambert has been selected as our image of the month for April.

Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from April.

Our gardens are really rich with nature if this month’s pictures are anything to go by

This great shot of a Woodpecker was taken by John Parsonage.

Woodpecker Photo: John Parsonage

One of several Langdyke challenges set on our Facebook page was to find and take a photo of a beefly.  Nathan Stimpson didn’t just find one – he found a pair … and they were actually mating.

Beeflies mating Photo: Nathan Stimpson

This Orange Tip butterfly was spotted by Chris Gardiner in his garden.

Orange Tip butterfly Photo: Chris Gardiner

And Steve Lonsdale came across this Damsel fly.

Damsel fly Photo: Steve Lonsdale

There was no shortage of bird life either.  Although these ducks were unusual visitors in Keren Thomson’s garden.

Ducks in the garden Photo: Keren Thomson

And this partridge decided to drop in on Michael Jarman’s doorstep.

Partridge Photo: Michael Jarman

Our final garden shot is a colourful rainbow montage.  Another of our garden challenges was to take photos which represented a rainbow.  This is what Kathryn Parsons came up with.

Rainbow challenge image Photo: Kathryn Parsons

Of course, there was still a lot going in the outside world for those of us lucky enough to be able to enjoy as we took on our daily exercise routine.

The return of the Turtle Doves to the Etton Maxey reserve and surrounding area – earlier than some thought – has proved very welcome.

Linda Wellington was one of the first to spot one of them and took this photo alongside the Maxey Cut.

Turtle Dove, Maxey Cut Photo: Linda Wellington

While Steve Lonsdale captured this image of the magnificent display of Bluebells in the wood off Heath Road, Helpston while he was out walking.

Bluebells, Heath Road, Helpston Photo: Steve Lonsdale

Steve was also lucky enough to spot a cuckoo – the  call of which we all enjoy as one of the first sounds of summer days to come.

Cuckoo Photo: Steve Lonsdale