Why I'm 'quackers' for mallards
This week, Nature's Top 40, continues its countdown to the UK's number one wildlife spectacle.
Wildlife experts have been ranking suggestions from the public in order to compile a list of Britain's most amazing natural sights and sounds - and this got me thinking about what I might pick as my favourite wildlife wonder.
I've definitely got a soft spot for otters which were voted Britain's favourite mammal earlier this year, while the amazing muntjac deer certainly charmed me during our Autumnwatch encounters. Those most intelligent of birds - ravens - certainly have a place among my favourites too.
There are quite a few surprises on the top 40 list including less familiar wildlife sights such as glow worms and wood ants. But they all have several things in common - the ability to amaze and astound.
One of my most recent wildlife trips was to see the monarch butterflies roosting in Mexico. This was a truly spectacular event. However, equally moving on a different scale was seeing starlings roost on Aberystwyth pier a few years back.
I've been asked quite a few times what my favourite animal is and it probably comes down to (drum roll)...the mallard duck.
This is because it's one of the first birds I came into contact with and has a special place for that reason alone. But even more so because, in my mind, you simply can't get a better sound than a 'quack'. Whatever my mood, that 'quaking' noise never fails to bring a smile to my face.
So this leads me onto you. Which species among all our wildlife wonders do you rate most? Drop me a line using the form below to let me know what and why.