Vote for your wildlife conservation hero

Tuesday 13th November 2012

A rare and limited opportunity to celebrate wildlife conservation heroes is up and running – and needs your vote!

BBC Wildlife magazine is hosting a poll to see which one of 10 nominees would pull in most listeners to BBC Radio 4’s long-running classic, Desert Island Discs.

The magazine has ‘selected 10 of Britain’s most important conservationists’ for consideration.  Of these, four are involved with The Wildlife Trusts:  Vice President Professor Chris Baines, Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Hilborne, and Vice Presidents David MacDonald and Chris Packham. 

The nominee to receive most votes in the poll, as decided by the general public, will have their name forwarded to the producer of Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4.  This may put them in line for a potential interview with Kirsty Young to hear their absolute favourite tracks.

The other contenders are Mark Avery, Mark Carwardine, Rosie Woodroffe, Jill Robinson, Carl Jones and Ian Redmond.

We are particularly delighted to have four high profile people connected to The Wildlife Trusts nominated in this poll

The idea came about after Sir David Attenborough - President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts - recently became the first naturalist to appear on the show for seven years.  This prompted memories of decades past when champions of the natural world would regularly provide their most beloved records for Radio 4.

If you would like to vote for whom you believe to be the most influential nature conservationist, please visit http://www.discoverwildlife.com/heroes  A brief biography of all of the nominees can also be found on this site.  Voting closes on Saturday 1 December.

The Wildlife Trusts’ Hazel Phillips, said:

“We are particularly delighted to have four high profile people connected to The Wildlife Trusts nominated in this poll.  All of them merit the chance to be truly appreciated by the public for their ongoing hard work. 

“All ten nominees are thoroughly deserving of recognition for their excellent work in sustaining and advancing the endeavour of wildlife conservation as well as raising awareness in the public sphere.”