A mile off the coast of Northumberland lies a unique island teeming with seabirds during the breeding season and home to 90% of the UK’s rarest breeding seabird, the roseate terns. Paul Morrison and Hilary Brooker-Carey are lucky enough to work here amid the wildlife spectacle, monitoring the seabirds and protecting them from egg thieves.
With its industrial landscape and port developments, at first glance the Thames estuary is not the most romantic of locations. But alongside the modern infrastructure wildlife thrives in the mudflats, saltmarshes and lagoons that fringe the river. The Thames is already a nature hotspot, but now it’s at risk from proposals to build a new airport for London.
Farmers sometimes get a bad press but their role as ‘custodians of the countryside’ is more important than ever. Four previous winners of ‘The Nature of Farming Awards’ talk about their passion for nature and why wildlife-friendly farming can also make commercial sense.
Joseph Okori, WWF’s African rhino programme coordinator, discusses the poaching of African rhinos and the illegal trade in rhino horns. Not an isolated issue, it impacts on humans too. In recent years the problem has not only increased in terms of numbers killed, but we see the increasingly organised nature of the crime.
Illegal wildlife trade is a serious crime. It involves highly organised criminal networks and the corruption of government officials. TRAFFIC’s wildlife trade policy officer for south-east Asia describes the problems and her vital work to tackle this crime.