Spring is the best time to see hares. These wonderful characters are most likely to be visible on the chalk downs while they go about their mating activity.
On the rather barren hill tops near Salisbury plain there are protected areas for the very rare Stone Curlew. I went looking for them to get images for the book but I did not succeed due to the combination of not having permission to get close and the amazingly effective camouflage of the birds. They are not really representative of chalk streams and the valleys but would have made great images. What I did see was the mating activity of the many hares in one of the nature reserves. An example image is above. Not really one for the book but an interesting shot. The nature reserve was some way from the river valley so for the purpose of the book I wanted images of hares in the river valley or the downs immediately above.