Northern Ireland’s breathtaking Causeway coast, renowned for its stunning landscapes and geological wonders, has now achieved a new distinction as the United Kingdom’s favorite wildlife haven. In a poll conducted by BBC Wildlife magazine, the scenic coastline stretching from Lough Foyle to the Glens of Antrim emerged as the nation’s top choice, surpassing other remarkable locations such as the Isles of Scilly, Scaur Glen in Dumfries and Galloway, and even Wimbledon Common in London.
The nomination for the Causeway coast was put forward by environmental scientist Tara Shine, who described it as a place of “outstanding natural beauty” featuring untamed dunes, sheer cliffs, and the iconic rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway. Recalling her experiences as a student at the nearby University of Ulster, Shine fondly mentioned encounters with whales, dolphins, seals, and basking sharks along the coastline. From catching waves off the sandy beach in Portrush to snorkeling with inquisitive grey seals and exploring the underwater world off the Skerries and Rathlin Island, Shine’s memories highlight the diverse marine life and captivating experiences this area offers.
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, BBC Wildlife magazine enlisted the participation of 60 conservationists, writers, presenters, and photographers who nominated their favorite nature destinations across the UK. The top 10 destinations were then subjected to a public vote of 5,000 participants on the magazine’s website, followed by a YouGov survey among 2,000 individuals to determine the ultimate winner. The Causeway coast’s triumph in this poll solidifies its reputation as an exceptional wildlife sanctuary and a must-visit location for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers from around the UK.