This year saw rare birds, insects and butterflies fly in from the Continent, but could 2015 prove even more memorable? Liam Creedon reports.
This has proved to be an exciting year for the UK’s army of nature lovers.
Several species of exotic birds bred here for the first time in decades and very rare migrant butterflies appeared unannounced across the east coast.
Wave after wave of scarce and unusual wildlife winged in from the Continent and the presence of these glamorous and unexpected arrivals has been undeniably exciting, but their arrival also suggests that a warming climate means that the shape and make-up of British wildlife may never look quite the same again.