Lapwing and shelduck begin their noisy courtships; wild orchids are among the many wildflowers coming into bloom; the first of the new season’s ducklings hatch.


Warblers are in full song; a carpet of wildflowers attracts many rare and special species of butterfly, dragonfly and moth; water voles swim and scamper by their waterside burrows.


Little egrets create a comical sight as several attempt to roost in the same tree; high tides push migrating waders closer to the shore and the hides.


The estuary fills with up to 50,000 wintering waterbirds, with rarities like the bittern sometimes among them; up above, birds of prey are hunting and, as dusk falls, may include representatives from all five native species of owl.