From a wise old owl on the prowl in a field of beautiful buttercups to an intrepid harvest mouse climbing up a spring flower.
Wildlife photographer Richard Austin, the author of two books on his encounters while working with all creatures great and small, has captured nature in all its glory with these snaps of animals enjoying British blooms.
Who are you calling an ugly duckling? These feathery friends find a hiding place among the buttercups
Hello petal! A meerkat tries to sweet-talk a daffodil
Danger mouse: A daring harvest mouse scales a bloom
Not to be sniffed at: This lamb likes the smell of daffs
Eye say: A cheeky week from a wise old bird
In the pink: A piglet nestles between rose blooms on a farm in Devon
These aren't bananas! A gorilla at Paignton Zoo sniffs a bunch of roses
Cunning hiding place: A fox cub looks out from beneath a bunch of daffodils
Quacking snowdrops: A pair of ducklings play among spring flowers