2015's wildlife losers

A puffin on the Farne Islands in Northumberland

Some of our wildlife has struggled against 2015's weather. Find out which of our wildlife had a bad year.


This autumn these ‘clowns of the sea’ were placed on the Red list of Birds of Conservation Concern. They had a poor breeding season on the Farne Islands when their burrows were flooded.

Frogs and toads

In the south of England faced a difficult year as many pools dried up over the spring. BBC Springwatch fans, who shared their wildlife highs and lows, noticed their absence with many finding that frogs in their garden failed to breed.

At Formby in Merseyside, Natterjack toads had a particularly difficult time, however the May rains arrived just in time.

Common wasps

Wasps had another poor year, which represents a wider decline in our insect populations, thought to be a result of confounding weather alongside the possible effects of pesticides used in farming.

Arctic terns

On the Farne Islands there were 600 less breeding pairs of these birds due to poor food supplies and stormy weather. Arctic terns are on the Amber list of Birds of Conservation Concern.

Sandwich terns

Also on the Amber list, sandwich terns had a bad year at Blakeney Point. The birds were already struggling due to a shortage of sand eels and were affected further by stormy weather in late June. However, more nested successfully at Scolt Head Island as they laid their eggs earlier.


It was a disappointing year to see fungi due to a dry autumn after a cool, wet summer.


There is a continuing concern for our ladybirds with several BBC Springwatch Facebook fans not seeing any at all this year.

Barrel jellyfish discovered during a BioBlitz on Brownsea Island

2015's wildlife winners 

What were the wildlife winners of 2015?