The winners have been announced for the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018
Now in its seventh year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards received nearly 180,000 votes from almost 30,000 people in a range of categories including Beach of the Year, National Park of the Year and Conservation Success of the Year.
“To have nearly 30,000 people vote in our awards shows how passionate they are about the British countryside,” says Fergus Collins, editor of the magazine.
“The shortlists, elected by readers and the BBC Countryfile Magazine judging panel, generated a completely fresh set of candidates in each category – and this created a huge amount of healthy debate during the voting period. I’d like to congratulate the 20 very worthy winners and runners up and thank everyone for taking part.”
The Great British Beach Clean is organised by the Marine Conservation Society © Getty
The Conservation Success of the Year 2018 was won by the Great British Beach Clean (above), an annual survey weekend run by the Marine Conservation Society, and received the most votes in any category! The runner-up was The Flight of the Swans journey and awareness campaign by Sacha Dench from WWT.
Rodley Nature Reserve is entirely staffed by volunteers © Humphrey Bolton
Rodley Nature Reserve (above) in Leeds, which has been transformed from a water treatment works to a beautiful wildlife site, won the Nature Reserve of the Year 2018 category. It was followed by RSPB Arne in second place.
View the full list of winners and runners-up, accompanied by comments from the judges, on the BBC Countryfile Magazine website.
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