The United Kingdom is full of incredible wildlife to discover, and over the past year, contributors to New Nature magazine have shared with us their adventures and conservation concerns. It has been a huge privilege for the team, as well as inspiring, to read such wonderful contributions by young wildlife lovers.
We have included some truly memorable pieces so far and this anniversary edition is no different. Despite the cold weather, giving many people a reluctance to go outside, this issue will be the boost you need to don your wellies and explore, with Elliot Dowding telling us what to watch for this month (p6), Chloe Brookes encouraging you to get out there even if you are new to birding (p16) and I ponder upon what makes winter
We have featured interviews with various inspirational figures in past magazines and cannot thank them enough for their support. We continue in this issue with valuable advice for our readers, as Alex Pearce talks to Hugh Warwick, the author and ecologist, about his admiration for hedgehogs. I talk to Dr Euan Dunn, the RSPB’s Principal Marine Policy Officer, about his fascinating career and advice he has for others. Green Fingered George, RHS Young Ambassador, also shares with us his tips for gardening for wildlife (p10).
We are excited to announce that we are launching our first writing competition (p44) based on the topic ‘The embodiment of spring’, with judge Robert Macfarlane! In this issue, we also learn more about the youth nature group A Focus on Nature (p32), discover conservation concerns about wildlife selfies from Ciara Stafford
(p19) and plastics in the ocean from Ele Johnstone (p26). As well as this we find out about the fascinating Portuguese man o’ war from Sarah Gaunt (p22) and the importance of bird clubs from Jack Bucknall (p40).
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, with a special thank you to our contributors, and hope that everyone enjoys reading the 13th edition of New Nature!
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– Alice Johnson, Features Editor