Wildlife is making itself at home in National Trust properties empty of visitors in lockdown, with some species returning to places for the first time in decades.
The National Trust closed its historic houses, castles, parks and gardens in the pandemic, and now rangers and gardeners are reporting that wildlife has become emboldened by the peace and quiet to reclaim many sites.
Even flowers such as bluebells and wood anemones are enjoying the lack of disturbance.
Gardeners at Ham House have noticed little owls venturing further into the garden from nearby river meadows.
And jackdaws which are valued at Ham House for their appetite for eating box moth caterpillar, and also enjoy feeding on scraps of food dropped by people, have not returned to the historic property since lockdown started.
But some wildlife is making a comeback to sites after long absences, such as the cuckoo which was heard calling Osterley for the first time in 20 years.