June in pictures

June was the month when the Coronavirus lockdown was eased a little and many of us had the chance to get out and enjoy the countryside.

It was a month in which nature did its best to give us great displays – whether it was in the form of insects, birds or flowers.

This Silver-washed fritillary butterfly (above) was spotted by Cliff Stanton at Castor Hanglands.  We’ve chosen it as our image of the month for June.

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 June.

There were a number of great butterfly pictures taken at our reserves during the month.

This marbled white was spotted at Barnack Hills and Holes and photographed by Steve Lonsdale.

Marbled White, Hills and Holes Photo: Steve Lonsdale

And this Little Skipper image was captured by Paula Mason at Castor Hanglands.

Little Skipper, photographed at Castor Hanglands by Paula Mason

Meanwhile Angela Trotter took this shot of a Comma basking in the sunshine at Etton

Comma butterfly, Etton
Photo: Angela Trotter

Visitors to Etton Maxey will probably have seen one of several Brown Hares chasing across the reserve.  This one was seen and photographed by Martin Browne.

Brown Hare, Etton Maxey Pit
Photo: Martin Browne

Equally impressive was this shot of a magnificent deer taken by John Parsonage.

Deer Photo: John Parsonage

A red kite resting in a tree at Castor Hanglands caught the eye and camera of Steve Zealand.

Red Kite, Castor Hanglands Photo: Steve Zealand

There were a number of floral displays which attracted attention as well.  Here are some of them.

Southern Marsh orchid, Southorpe Meadow Photo: Mitchell Pearce
St Johns Wort, Swaddywell Pit Photo: Kevin Eldred
Mountain everlasting, Hills and Holes Photo: Chris Gardiner
Dark Mullein, Barnack Hills and Holes Photo: Sarah Lambert

Ian Wilson was out and about when he saw this Shoulder striped Wainscot moth at Swaddywell.

Shoulder-striped Wainscot photographed at Swaddywell by Ian Wilson

And finally, we couldn’t resist this photo. Steve Zealand forgot to put out food in the usual spot for his visiting hedgehog. The spiky fellow must have been put out because the next morning Steve found a gentle reminder not to forget again … in the form of some poo!