BBC Wildlife power list announced

The May 2015 issue of the magazine features the first ever BBC Wildlife Power List – Britain’s top 50 conservation heroes.

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BBC Wildlife Magazine Power List illustration by Matt Herring

Big names such as Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Chris Packham grace the cover but the list also includes some real surprises.

“Our expert panel wanted to identify those people who had the potential to make the biggest difference over the coming decade,” explains BBC Wildlife editor Matt Swaine. “So there are two 13-year-olds on the list, a 16-year-old blogger, a young wildlife broadcaster, as well as street artists, sound recordists, farmers, politicians, rock stars and royalty.”

The list features renowned broadcasters and celebrities as well as often unheralded scientists and conservationists. Their vital work focuses on a range of a species, from Sumatran orangutans to eagles in Scotland. These conservation heroes include those campaigning for causes such as the reintroduction of lynx in the UK, more protection for our oceans and the preservation of rhinos. 

Included in the top 20 are…

  • The Urban Birder – David Lindo
  • Buglife Chief executive – Matt Shardlow
  • Broadcaster – David Attenborough
  • Senior research fellow, ZSL – Rosie Woodroffe
  • Director, Wild CRU, Oxford University – David Macdonald
  • Environmental commentator and author – George Monbiot
  • Activist – Brian May
  • Author – Helen MacDonald
  • Blogger and activist – Mark Avery

The May issue is in the shops now. Have your say on the Top 50 on our Forum. Do you agree with the list? Who would you include? 

We are also planning a major new initiative – BBC Wildlife Local Conservation Heroes. You can find details on p35 in the May issue, and there will be more information about this project in future issues of the magazine. We need your nominations!

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