These beautiful photographs of birds and beasts show a wonderful spectrum of British wildlife - including stoats, snakes, owls and otters. The images were finalists in the British Wildlife Centre's third Native and Natural photo contest. It attracted more than 500 entries, all snapped at the centre in Lingfield, Surrey - home to 40 different native species.
Beautiful: A cute close-up of a water vole, taken by George Wheelhouse from Bedfordshire, was the winner of the third contest, run by the British Wildlife Centre
Happy days: This beautiful photograph of a 'smiling' otter was cleverly captured by Wendy Salisbury and entered into the third Native and Natural photo contest
Staring: Jamie Holme, 14, of East Grinstead, West Sussex, snapped a wildcat (left), while an adder on a gorse bush (right) was spotted by Ian Rentoul, of Guildford, Surrey
Peeking: A red fox hiding behind a tree by Mike Crowle, from Cornwall, which was captured on camera at the centre in Lingfield, Surrey - as were all the images
All white: A serene snowy owl photographed at the centre - which is home to more than 40 different native species - by Ray Kilham, of Luton, Bedfordshire
Like a lion: A weasel (left), which looks as though it is roaring, in a photograph taken by Gary Stamp, of Dover, Kent, and a field mouse (right), taken by Mark Rutley
Looking out: This pine marten was spotted by Wendy Salisbury, in what was her second image in the competition, which attracted more than 500 entries
Surveying the scene: This photograph taken by Rob Cain shows a stoat peering over a log. The centre says it is 'well-loved by photography enthusiasts'
Ready to pounce: A photograph by Isabel Standbridge for the British Wildlife Centre's competition shows an tawny owl checking out a mouse on the ground below
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