Nature Reserve of the Year 2014/15

BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2014/15: Our Nature Reserve of the Year shortlist.

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Our Nature Reserve of the Year shortlist, compiled by Chris Packham.

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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 

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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!