Biodiversity

Atlantic
 
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Bee Eaters
 
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The European bee-eater is undoubtedly one of the most colourful and spectacular birds in Europe. A summer migrant, the bee-eater returns each spring to breed in colonies dug out of sandy and muddy banks across southern Europe, feeding on bees, butterflies, dragonflies and other flying insects. Widespread in the Mediterranean, the bee-eater has also bred in recent years in Britain and Sweden, and is a regular "overshoot migrant" to northern Europe, causing much excitement in the birdwatching community.
Photographers Grzegorz Lesniewski, Dietmar Nill and Markus Varesvuo captured these striking images in Hungary, Bulgaria and the Crimea region of Ukraine for Wild Wonders.
 
Birds
 
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Europe still possesses a very rich heritage of bird life, and Wild Wonders photographers managed to shoot great images of 218 species, ranging from iconic raptors, such as the golden eagle and gyrfalcon, through a wide variety of wetland species such as pelicans, storks, flamingos and cranes, to the great seabird colonies of the Atlantic coast and the colourful passerines and grassland species of central and southern Europe, not forgetting the globally endangered great snipe.
 
Brown Bears
 
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The brown bear is one of the most widely distributed terrestrial mammals in the world. In Europe, its strongholds are in the east and north, with healthy populations in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Romania and the Balkans. In contrast, the Italian and Spanish populations are isolated and in decline, threatened by habitat loss and persecution, while reintroduction of the species into the Pyrennees has proved difficult and controversial.
Wild Wonders of Europe missions photographed the European brown bear in Finland, Slovakia, Romania and the Russian Caucasus, capturing all kinds of interesting behaviour, including swimming, fighting, cubs playing and interaction with wolves.
 
Coasts
 
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Fish
 
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Forests
 
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Grasslands
 
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Grey Seals
 
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Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast is home to one of the UK's most important grey seal colonies and is one of the best places to view seals in Britain. Between October and December the grey seals come ashore to breed, and in 2008 more than 1000 pups were born here. The Donna Nook colony is close to an RAF bombing range, but the seals are thriving and live undisturbed by the noise of the planes.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust manages Donna Nook as a nature reserve with the agreement of the Ministry of Defence.

Laurent Geslin documented the grey seals of Donna Nook for Wild Wonders of Europe. For further information or a wider selection of images, contact timaldred@naturepl.com.
 
Insects and Invertebrates
 
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Lakes
 
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Many of the major lakes of Europe were documented as part of the Wild Wonders project, in lowland and mountain settings, as well as a myriad of smaller lakes and their associated animal- and plantlife.
 
Mammals
 
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Marine Life
 
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Wild Wonders photographers have documented the varied marine life of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, including marine mammals, fish, molluscs and crustaceans, and a range of other marine invertebrates, from the tiniest sea creatures to the largest whales and the basking shark, second largest fish in the world.
 
Mediterranean
 
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Monk Seals
 
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Meet the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the most endangered seal on the planet, photographed by Nuno S in the Desertas Islands archipelago off Madeira, where a relict population of less than 30 individuals exist. Nuno was privileged to capture the courtship and mating behaviour of this extremely rare marine mammal.
From a total world population of less than 450, two thirds live along the coasts and among the islands of Greece and Turkey. The main threats to this critically endangered species come from human pressure, destruction of caves, competition from fishing, disease, pollution and reduced genetic diversity. The IUCN Species Survival Commission Seal Specialist Group has devised an Action Plan for the conservation of the species, which aims to involve local fishermen, to research into the status of the species and to develop a captive breeding programme.
 
Mountains
 
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North Atlantic Underwater Life
 
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Wild Wonders photographers dived in the cool waters of the North Atlantic, to discover the surprising wealth of dramatic and colourful marine life hidden beneath the stormy seas of this region.
 
Reptiles and Amphibians
 
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Rivers
 
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Wild Wonders photographers have photographed many of the major rivers of Europe, including the Elbe and the Danube, and also many of the small streams and most dramatic waterfalls.
 
Storks
 
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The white stork, once a familiar sight across much of Europe, is now threatened by the modernisation of agriculture, loss of traditional nesting sites and the danger posed by power lines. Central and eastern Europe still hold good populations of this species, and so does the Iberian Peninsula where they have found some strange nesting places, on coastal cliffs, large granite boulders and in man-made "stork nurseries".
Less familiar to many is the closely related but more reclusive black stork, also widely distributed in Europe but dependent on ancient forests and mature trees for its nest sites. Again, this species is threatened by changes in farming methods and the lack of nest sites caused by the felling of large trees.
 
The North
 
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Trees
 
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Wild Wonders missions covered every region and habitat in Europe, where they encountered a spectacular variety of deciduous and evergreen trees, including rare endemics and statuesque examples of widespread species such as the European beech and the European oak, not forgetting valuable commercial trees such as the olive and cork oak.
 
Urban
 
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Laurent Geslin (France) undertook the two major missions in urban environments - peregrine falcons in Barcelona and red foxes in London. Peregrines live and breed in Gaudi's Sagrada Familia (unfinished) cathedral and Laurent was able to capture a wide range of behaviour. He also visited the Vatican City. No other missions were specifically based in urban environments but WWoE photographers captured images of wildlife living close to humans including storks which habitually nest on buildings in many parts of Europe and wild boar that wander into town from woods surrounding Berlin.
 
Wetland birds
 
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Did you know that thousands of pelicans, flamingos and spoonbills nest in the wetlands of Europe- Wild Wonders of Europe visited many of the key wetland sites, including the Camargue, Danube Delta, Elbe Biosphere Reserve and the extraordinary Balkan lakes of Greece, Macedonia and Montenegro.
 
Wetlands
 
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