Vote our islands top of the spots

FARNE ISLANDS, TERNS, LONGSTONE LIGHTHOUSE, GREY SEALS '.
FARNE ISLANDS, TERNS, LONGSTONE LIGHTHOUSE, GREY SEALS '.

A LANDMARK has been shortlisted for a prestigious magazine award.

The Farne Islands have been shortlisted in the Britain’s favourite nature reserve category in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012.

Now in its second year, the Countryfile Magazine Awards are a celebration of the countryside and its people. The 2012 awards were launched in the April issue of Countryfile Magazine, and feature 12 categories, from conservation projects and best heritage attractions to country writers and the finest nature reserves.

The shortlist of 10 for the best nature reserve category was compiled by naturalists Stephen Moss and Dominic Couzens.

Dominic said of the Farnes: “Whether it’s puffins or seals, this is one of the best places to get close to nature.”

The Farnes’ head ranger David Steel said: “It’s a great honour to be nominated in the top ten nature reserves in the country as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best including the iconic Minsmere in Suffolk and the spectacular Loch Garten in the Highlands. The islands are a true haven for wildlife as they are home to 80,000 pairs of birds and 5,000 grey seals and a visitor in recent weeks even described us as the ‘Galapagos of the north’.

“What would be special would be to take that one step further and be crowned the best nature reserve in the country so please vote for the Farne Islands – the most accessible puffin colony in Britain. Get voting!”

A voting form can be found at www.countryfile.com/awardsvote, or votes can be emailed to awards@countryfile.com by Friday, June 1.