The European Commission has announced the 2016 finalists in the Natura 2000 Awards celebrating and promoting nature conservation in Europe and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity. There are 5 categories including the Citizens Award which has 24 finalists, including 4 from the UK, with the winner voted for by the public. Why not have a look and vote now.
If you have not come across Natura 2000 before, it is a network of sites for rare and threatened species and habitats. Stretching across all 28 EU countries it covers 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine area and is the centrepiece of the EU’s nature and biodiversity policy.
The wildlife, documentary film maker, Jacques Perrin has used 16 different Natura 2000 sites in his latest work, Seasons capturing the lives of 28 mammal and bird species. Watch a trailer for the film (in French) below.