The spring is sprung, the grass is ris – I wonder where the birdies is?

So goes the popular comic poem. Well, the winged wildlife is returning in ever-greater numbers at present, as the nights draw out and the sun warms the earth after a long – if not necessarily all that cold – winter.

As the spring rises above the glorious landscape of north Shropshire, and that’s perfect reason for our band of talented photographers to polish their lenses and document the local area.

The start of spring hasn’t all been plain sailing – you only have to recall the recent floods brought about by Storm Franklin to see that – but the cold clear night skies and the pale blue of a sunlit day is there to see in the contributions from other photographers in this week’s gallery.

And the coming of the new season also gives rise to some wonderful technicolour skylines – and our Herald Camera Club members were keen to enjoy the great show above their heads with a glorious sunset this week.

Once again our local photographers have spread their skills across a range of disciplines.

We may wonder where the birdies is – but we know where the planes are. They're soaring above Sleap Airfield, as in Brian Roberts' picture here.

The flowers are bursting out of the ground again at last, as evidenced by the pictures from Jan Rescorla and Tom Dickenson.

And the photographs of the sunset over Whitchurch really show what a magical time of year this can be.