In 2015 we wanted to open our Local Patch Bloggers project to the wider wildlife-blogging community.
UK and international bloggers were invited to regularly share their nature blog posts on our online forum.
The sheer enthusiasm and dedication of these writers, photographers and film-makers transformed the BBC Wildlife website into a hive of activity.
Each week throughout the year we announced a Blogger of the Week via social media, and every issue of BBC Wildlife featured a well-deserved Blogger of the Month and highlights from our forum.
Our expert judging panel took into consideration 376 nominations and had the tricky task of choosing the final category winners.
To read the inspiring nature blogs of all of the BBC Wildlife Local Patch Bloggers simply visit our Forum.
Winner Junior Category: Zach, North Yorkshire
Blog: A Year of My Nature Hunting
Highlight of the year: “When I found out there was a pair of Montagu’s harriers nesting in East Yorkshire I organised a trip to see them. When I got there it took two hours for them to show but was well worth the wait.”
A common lizard at Hickling Broad. © Zach/A Year of My Nature Hunting
Junior Category Highly Commended: Mya-Rose: Birdgirl; Jake: Jake’s Bones; Alex: Appleton Wildlife Diary; Mya: My World of Wildlife; Aishling: Bug Mad Girl; and Jackson: Wildlife in My Local Patch
Winner Senior Category: Sarah Hookway, Norwich
Blog A Wild Life in Norfolk
Highlight of the year: “Encountering my first water rail, then a second within a month! I also enjoyed sharing my experience of teaching a wildlife course to pupils at the end of the summer term.”
A four-spotted chaser at RSPB Minsmere. © Sarah Hookway/A Wild Life in Norfolk
Senior Category Highly Commended: Megan Shersby: Barcode Ecology; Sean Locke: The Autistic Naturalist; Sally Huband: Rain Geese and Selkies; Phil Barnett: Roby Milling; and Jan Riley: Bird and Bug Diaries.
Winner International Category: Stuart Rae, Australia
Blog: Wildlife and Wild Places
Highlight of the year: “The greatest advancement for improving my blog in 2015 has been a high-resolution camera (Nikon D810). The strength of my wildlife photography lies in me being in the right place at the right time.”
An eastern spinebill sips nectar from a grevillea flower. © Stuart Rae/Wildlife and Wild Places
International Category Highly Commended: Connel Bradwell: Daily Nature Blog; Dragan Simic: 10,000 Birds; and Jessica Groenendijk: Nature Bytes Blog.
Jules Howard is a zoologist, science writer and blogger.
Stephen Moss is a nature writer, broadcaster and wildlife TV producer.
Lucy McRobert is a birder, conservationist and campaigns manager for The Wildlife Trusts.
Jo Price is BBC Wildlife’s staff writer and launched Local Patch Bloggers.
You can be a LOCAL PATCH BLOGGER too!
1. Start a forum thread and give it the title of your blog (ie Zach’s Wildlife Blog).
2. Every time you publish a new post put a link to it on your forum thread. You do not need to start a new thread for each post link you share.
3. Make sure you explain what the new blog is all about: tell readers why they should click and read it.
4. Keep an eye on your forum thread and try to answer any questions that get posted on there.
5. Have fun: when you’ve posted at least five updates we’ll consider you for Blogger of the Month.