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Photographers capture amazing wildlife in the UK
19 August 2013
Last updated at 06:57 BST
Wildlife photographers have teamed up for a project that hopes to show how protecting our wildlife is good for us.
This leaping squirrel was snapped by Peter Cairns for a nature project called 2020 Vision. The project aims to help everybody understand the importance of preserving wildlife.
Terry Whittaker took this shot of a cheeky water vole amongst some reeds. Water voles have been threatened by the loss of their natural habitat - but it looks like they may be making a return.
About 20 years ago there were just a handful of red kites in central Wales - but now they've seen a return after a special breeding program. This action shot was taken by Andy Rouse.
Only 2% of UK waters are specially protected areas despite being home to amazing animals like this bottlenose dolphin. It was snapped by John MacPherson leaping out of the water on the beach of the Moray Firth.
The Great Crane Project aims to reintroduce 100 cranes to Somerset by 2015. The young birds attend "crane school" where a dedicated team dressed in crane outfits help them to develop! [Photo: Nick Upton]
Ross Hoddinott spotted this large blue butterfly. The species has been brought back from extinction in the UK. Restoring the blue butterfly's natural habitat means the species has returned to more than 30 places in south-west England.
The River Tweed is now the best river for Atlantic salmon in the world after a commitment to bring it back to good health. Plants, insects and fish are all now prospering. This leaping salmon was captured by Lorne Gill.
Stag beetles rely on dead and decaying wood to lay their eggs and to feed on - but there isn't much decaying wood in our environment anymore. If you live in the south of England you can help the beetles by leaving dead wood in quiet, moist corners of your garden. [Photo: Terry Whittaker]
The recovery of otters in British rivers is one of the great conservation success stories of recent years. After hunting and unchecked pollution drove otters to the remotest corners of the country, their return to every English county is symbolic of changing attitudes towards otters and the wetlands in which they live. [Photo: Andy Rouse]
Peregrine falcons have successfully adapted to living amongst skyscrapers, cathedrals and office blocks. This one was spotted by Bertie Gregory, one of the photographers for the 2020 Vision project. The project hopes to demonstrate that there is a link between healthy nature and healthy people.