It’s been an interesting year in terms of weather and wildlife.
The temperatures may not have always been perfect but the UK has managed to stay looking pretty.
We’ve put together some of the highlights from 2017.
The start of the year was cold but things warmed up towards the end. Bumblebees started to appear in the mild conditions.
I was the ninth warmest February in records dating back to 1910 despite a wet start to the month.
Bats and insects appeared to have hibernated well despite the unseasonably mild weather.
The mild weather continued in March and was perfect for nesting birds and many spring flowers blossomed early.
A nice start to Easter before the weather turned.
Three nights of intense frost blackened many trees in gardens and the countryside, and scorched off early bracken fronds.
A high number of breeding pairs of buzzards were recorded on the Sherborne Estate, Gloucestershire.
The weather eventually settled and there was a very warm period with the hottest June day for 40 years.
The purple emperor butterfly was spotted at the National Trust’s Bookham Common, Surrey, on June 11, its earliest appearance since 1893.
A good summer deteriorated into a cool and variable one.
Breeding purple emperors were found in Sheringham Park, Norfolk, where they had not been seen for more than 40 years.
But purple hairstreak, white-letter hairstreak and other treetop butterflies which had appeared in good numbers were blasted away by a thunderstorm on July 18.
August was disappointing weather wise.
More than 500 Arctic terns, and five internationally threatened little terns, fledged at Tughall Mill, Northumberland.
The common cranefly (aka daddy-long-legs) comes out to play. And a diamond spider which has not been seen in the UK for half a century was discovered at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.
Storm Ophelia affected the survival rate of several colonies of grey seals on the Welsh coast and in the South West.
The good weather in the spring meant that there was a bumper autumn harvest for seeds, fruits and nuts.
Following the storms in October, there was an influx of the jellyfish-like Portuguese man o’ war to UK beaches.
Feral goats and feral Soay sheep at Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, were reported as being in very good condition as a result of strong grass growth.
Deer and small mammals look ready for winter due to the good autumn harvest and the strong grass growth.
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