UK IN PICTURES: Readers' photos of spring


As spring rapidly turns into summer in the UK many wildflowers are at their best and the trees are full of leaf. These wonderful photos have been sent in from far and wide. Enjoy!

tiny blue flowers carpetting hillside

This slope covered in violets (Viola sp.) was captured in Cornwall by John Nichol.


hazel flowers







These beautiful male hazel (Corylus avellana) flowers were also sent in by John Nichol. Hazel

flowers are monoecious, with single-sex catkins.












bright blue gentian flowers


The amazing blue of this gentian (Gentiana verna) was caught in the Burren, Ireland by Sean O'Sullivan. The slightly out-of-focus flowers provide an arresting image.





purple orchid sitting in grass on the burren



A beautiful Dactylorhiza sp. orchid - also from the Burren - was found by Orlaith O'Sullivan.

The Burren is one of the British Isle's most fascinating and diverse habitats in Europe containing an extraordinary mix of temperate, alpine and Mediterranean plants.






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