Our Nature Reserve of the Year shortlist, compiled by Chris Packham.
RSPB MINSMERE Suffolk
The ‘Disneyland’ of bird reserves, because it has so much in terms of habitats, species and facilities including many rarities and ‘super birds’! A family-friendly must.
WWT LONDON WETLAND CENTRE London
A triumph of conservation, going from nothing to the best urban reserve in Europe in just a few years and accessible to millions.
MARTIN DOWN NNR Wiltshire
A fabulous stretch of old England with great botany and butterflies. The best picnic site in the UK, with the chance of spotting Montagu’s harriers.
WOOLSTON EYES RESERVE Warrington
A post-industrial gem, this oasis in the tangled wreckage of the ‘manscape’ comes complete with beautiful black-necked grebes and a fabulous team of volunteers. To visit, a booking is required.
THE BASS ROCK, C/O THE SCOTTISH SEABIRD CENTRE North Berwick
In summer, this gannet-capped island becomes the most exciting birding spectacle in the UK. The Seabird Centre has a video link but a boat trip gives you the essential smell experience, too!