BBC Wildlife Magazine

magazine Jan 01 2021 · BBC Wildlife Magazine

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BBC Wildlife Magazine is a celebration of the natural world, featuring all the latest discoveries, news and views on wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. With strong broadcasting links, authoritative journalism and award-winning photography, BBC Wildlife Magazine is essential reading for anyone with a passion for wildlife who wants to understand, experience and enjoy nature more.

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WILD MONTH • If your New Year’s resolution involves making more time to enjoy nature, what are you waiting for?

MIKE DILGER’S WILDLIFE WATCHING • In his series of great places to watch wildlife in the UK, the star of BBC One’s The One Show this month takes a trip to the peaceful suburbs, where an eclectic mix of wildlife appears to feel perfectly at home.




FLIES OF THE ANTARCTIC • One winter gnat colony has turned up in an unlikely spot.

New offshore wind farms could pose threat to UK seabirds • Government must consider impact of increased wind power on seabird feeding grounds, says RSPB.

Furry fire-fighters • New research confirms suspicions that beaver activity can help stop forests burning.

Greenery boosts children’s immune systems

Diabolical pitcher plant


The unsquishable beetle

Coronavirus will be the end of mink farming • COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms prompt debate about the industry’s future.

MARK CARWARDINE • The conservationist discusses the pollution levels in England’s waterways and invites your thoughts on the subject.

Paul Sein Twa Environmental activist • This grassroots activist led his community to establish Myanmar’s Salween Peace Park, a 5,485km› conservation zone that’s protecting land and life.

SUCK STICK DRIP HOW MEAT-EATING PLANTS ARE TAKING BACK THE BOGS • Carnivorous plants native to Great Britain are being brought back to life in the mires of the English countryside, following a 150-year absence.

ARCTIC survivors • The longest-living mammals on Earth, bowhead whales have outlived the whalers that once hunted them to near extinction. Now, these gentle giants appear to be making a comeback in ice-covered waters.

RIGHT WHALES Meet the family • Alongside the bowhead, there are three other species of right whale, whose popularity with hunters has had severe impacts on their populations over the years.

50 REASONS TO BE Cheerful IN 2021 • In the face of a devastating pandemic, organisations across the globe have continued to do battle for our most precious species and habitats. As we leave 2020 behind and look forward to a more positive year ahead, it’s time to celebrate their successes.


Silverlinings • Natalie Fée , environmentalist and author of How to Save the World for Free, says that 2020 was full of good news...

Club together • The Self-Isolating Bird Club was the online hit of 2020, but presenters Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin only have eyes on the future…

Bear island • The remote Russian outpost of Wrangel Island hosts extraordinary Arctic wildlife – musk oxen, spectacular white-plumed birds and hundreds of breeding polar bears.

Changing with the SEASONS • Throughout the year, a wealth of wildlife reveals itself in a tranquil English orchard.

Pressing issues: the UK’s lost orchards

Big brother is watching 2019 • Getting to know the inhabitants – human and simian – of an unusual Thai town helped Joan capture a telling image of urban wildlife.

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BBC Wildlife Magazine