BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Welcome - Sheena Harvey Edi­tor sheena.harvey@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

There was a lot of ex­cite­ment in the BBC Wildlife of­fice when we heard from Shet­land-based nat­u­ral­ist and tour guide Bry­don Thoma­son about the re­cent amaz­ing en­coun­ters he and his col­leagues Richard Shuck­smith and Pe­ter Hunter had with five hump­back whales off the Scot­tish coast. We were close to our press dead­line, with a lot of pages fin­ished, but when we saw the su­perb pic­tures and read the ac­count we had to pull out all the stops to make space and share the story (p46). The fact that the trio’s en­counter later re­sulted in a first for Bri­tain made it all the more thrilling.

The sec­ond ex­cit­ing event to oc­cur in the prepa­ra­tion of this month’s is­sue was the ar­rival of the Blog­ger of the Year Award re­sults from our in­de­pen­dent judges. The wor­thy win­ner gar­nered the most votes from our panel of four for her in­for­ma­tive and hu­mor­ous blog about wildlife she ob­serves at home and abroad. Her iden­tity is re­vealed on p50.

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