To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Environment Agency (EA is asking the public to vote for what it believes is the most iconic symbol from our environment.
Some 13,000 Agency staff has compiled a shortlist of 12 icons including species, habitats, places and man-made icons.The 12 shortlisted icons are: Dartmoor; Eden Project; hedgerows; bluebell woods; barn owl; bicycle; hedgehog; Thames Barrier; salmon; windmill & windfarm; otter and the recycling logo.EA corporate affairs director Helen McCallum said: 'The shortlisted icons of the environment embrace a range of natural heritage species and habitats that we revere; human ingenuity that showcases integration with the environment and symbols of our increasing efforts to protect the planet from overexploitation.'In particular, iconic species such as the salmon and otter hold a special place in the hearts of Environment Agency staff, given the conservation work that we have done over the past 10 years to ensure their survival. 'Meanwhile, the Thames Barrier is not only a magnificent engineering feat providing London's main defence against tidal surges, but symbolises how humankind and the Environment Agency will have to adapt in the coming years as climate change brings rising sea-levels and storms become more frequent and fierce. To vote for your favourite icon visit www.icons.org.uk