2015's wildlife winners

Barrel jellyfish discovered during a BioBlitz on Brownsea Island

2015 was a good year for some of our wildlife. Find out why here.

Barn owls

Populations around Malham Tarn and in Upper Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales flourished. A reduction in grazing pressure and the planting up of areas of young woodland, has led to good numbers of their favoured prey, field voles.

Barn owl
A barn owl in flight
Barn owl


This summer there were huge swarms of barrel jellyfish, particularly around the south west of England and Wales. As sea temperatures rise with climate change and plankton blooms become bigger and last longer, there are likely to be more jellyfish, even further north.

Autumn tints

A lack of stormy weather or frosts in the early part of autumn ensured it was a fantastic year for autumn tints, boosted further by a superb apple crop.

Little terns

They had their most productive year on Blakeney Point since 2011. A second nesting site on the Point which is better protected from an ever increasing risk of flooding seen elsewhere on the Point, only attracted two pairs of nesting birds last year. To attract more, a decoy was established by rangers which attracted eleven pairs this year.


Another record-breaking year for breeding guillemots on the Farne Islands.

The long-tailed blue butterfly

An extremely rare migrant, this butterfly returned to the south east, breeding again on the White Cliffs of Dover.

A long-tailed blue butterfly
A long-tailed blue butterfly
A long-tailed blue butterfly


BBC Springwatch fans on Facebook helped to contribute to this year’s wildlife winners and losers and noticed that there was a massive increase in the number of goldfinches seen in gardens this year.

A puffin on the Farne Islands in Northumberland

2015's wildlife losers 

Find out which of our wildlife had a bad year.