Wildlife Success Story of the Year 2015/16

BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015/16: Our Wildlife Success Story of the Year shortlist. 

 

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Our Wildlife Success Story of the Year shortlist, nominated by BBC presenter Chris Packham

BASKING SHARK

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Photo Credit: iStock Rebecca Belleni

The last UK fishery shut in 1995 , they’ve been protected since ’98 and now they are more widely observed and reported and also more seriously studied. Its early days but this could be a conservation success in the making.

NORTH SEA COD

After strict controls were introduced in 2006, North Sea cod has been removed from the Marine Conservation Society’s Red list as the population has grown. But please don’t over order at the chippy yet.

HEN HARRIER

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Photo Credit: iStock Paul Reeves

From three to six breeding pairs in England in 2015 is absolutely nothing to shout about given we could have 300 – but public awareness about the plight of this persecuted raptor has soared.

BARNACLE GOOSE

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Photo Credit: iStock Hakoar

The Svalbard population that winters at Caerlaverock broke the 40,000 level this year from less than a thousand 65 years ago. A lot of people deserve a lot of credit, not least the current farmers in the area.

HOLLY BLUE BUTTERFLY

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Photo Credit: iStock Trouvail

The holly blue butterflies are up by 151% on 2014. That’s good , but part of a natural boom/bust cycle with a parasite is the reason. Enjoy them and protect your ivy, which is the essential food plant for the second-generation butterflies. 

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Vote for the Wildlife Success Story of the Year here

 
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