Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve

31st July 2013

selected by nature writer Mark Cocker and presenter of the BBC’s Big Wildlife Revival Ellie Harrison.

  • Sherwood Forest NNR, Nottinghamshire
    This fragment of world-famous woodland includes 900 ancient oaks and the magnificent Major Oak.
  • St Kilda, Outer Hebrides
    These islands rise out of the Atlantic with sublime drama and are packed with tens of thousands of seabirds.
  • Dove Dale
    This may be one of the busiest spots in the Peak District, but how can you resist this glorious, flower-rich reserve?
  • Ouse Fen RSPB, Cambridgeshire
    A vast wetland habitat project, but it already has so many birds that it gives you hope for the future.
  • Horsey Mere, National Trust
    Reedbeds, vast sky-scape and the promise of the unexpected.
  • Arundel WWT, West Sussex
    Tranquil wetlands overlooked by Arundel Castle, famed for its water voles. Also reed and sedge warblers.
  • Brownsea Island, National Trust, Dorset
    A diversity of habitats: sheltered lagoon, flooded woodland and pine wood. Home to red squirrels.
  • Bass Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre, East Lothian
    The spot to see gannets, with 150,000 in peak season. Many other seabirds, too.
  • Farne Islands, National Trust
    Accessed by boat, see seals, puffins and Arctic terns up close.
  • Murlough, National Trust, Co Down
    A sandune system on the edge of the Mourne Mountains, the place for seals and butterflies. 


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