As birdwatchers and other visitors prepare to take up the chance of a rare winter visit to Brownsea Island, the National Trust owned property has just been declared the country’s favourite nature reserve.
Winter is a particularly spectacular time to come to the Lagoon and see not only a huge diversity of birds, but also in large numbers.
The Lagoon is vitally important to over wintering wildfowl and waders, and the flocks of birds are a very impressive sight – especially if you’re a keen photographer.”
There has been work carried out to tidy up after the New Year storms which caused some damage to trees, including the loss of a 17th century oak tree – the third oldest on the island.
This fragment of world-famous woodland includes 900 ancient oaks and the magnificent Major Oak.
These islands rise out of the Atlantic with sublime drama and are packed with tens of thousands of seabirds.
This may be one of the busiest spots in the Peak District, but how can you resist this glorious, flower-rich reserve?
A vast wetland habitat project, but it already has so many birds that it gives you hope for the future.
Reedbeds, vast sky-scape and the promise of the unexpected.
Tranquil wetlands overlooked by Arundel Castle, famed for its water voles. Also reed and sedge warblers.
A diversity of habitats: sheltered lagoon, flooded woodland and pine wood. Home to red squirrels.
The spot to see gannets, with 150,000 in peak season. Many other seabirds, too.
Accessed by boat, see seals, puffins and Arctic terns up close.
A sand dune system on the edge of the Mourne Mountains, the place for seals and butterflies.