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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