1. The countryside got that little bit wilder
You know something that’s not great? Wild animals going extinct because of pollution, hunting and all of the other pain that humankind has inflicted on the Earth. But the good news is groups all over the UK aren’t standing for it. This year has seen all sorts of rewilding initiatives, with beavers reintroduced to London for the first time in 400 years and bison arriving in Kent. A wild baby bison was even born here – the first in thousands of years. The eventual aim with these sorts of initiatives is that nature should take care of itself, but for now, rewilding groups are nurturing safe spaces for butterflies, kingfishers, owls and many bigger beasts to flourish. In other words, they’re making Britain wild again.