There's no particular order as I enjoyed all the experiences equally!
1. Jersey, Channel Islands - Lizards and Red Squirrels
Another first: the squirrels proved a challenge but luckily came to a feeder. The Jersey red squirrels are darker than their Scottish cousins.
Jersey has two lizards not native to England but a few colonies in Dorset and scattered groups exist from releases. The aptly named green lizard is a large reptile reaching 40cm!
again the imaginativly named wall lizard is present around rocks and walls and with caution can be approached slowly.
Jersey was also the location for my last nature trail although never say never!
2. Isles of Scilly - Grey Seals
I won this trip in a competition and have always wanted to go to the Scillies. The climate means it never has frost and plays host to lots of species that are uncommon on the mainland.
The grey seals are quite common and this one had netting around it.
3. Cornwall - Sand Lizards
4. Dumfires & Galloway - Starling Murmuration
It's a phenomenon I'd seen on TV but never in person and it was breathtaking to see thousands of birds working as one. The local buzzards and sparrowhawks also seemed to like it!
Murmaration video on vimeo
5. Nottinghamshire - Waxwings
6. Peak District, Derbyshire - Grayling
Grayling have always been one of my goals for underwater photography and I finally got the chance to photograph and film them in the Peak District. With the water being so clear it made ideal conditions.
Thanks to Rob cuss for helping me out.
7. Norfolk - Dipper
While staying with fellow wildlife photographer Josh Jaggard we heard reports of a black-bellied dipper, a rare subspecies of the white-throated dipper.
It showed very well and was not bothered by all the birders who came to see it!
8. Dungeness, Kent - Marsh Frogs
I've heard of marsh frogs but never had a confirmed sighting until I went to Kent which is crawling with them! Every lake, ditch, canal and marsh has them and they have become a important food source for a lot of local birds.
9. Bristol - Insects
10. Mini Fish