Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Brook lamprey

Nominated by: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Conservation status: Least Concern

Why do you love it? When people think of wildlife conservation, they think cute, fluffy creatures that need our help. But we conservationists love the ugly ones too! The brook lamprey is a classic example of an underrated and under loved creature.

What are the threats to the brook lamprey? Brook lamprey’s are classified as of Least Concern but the habitats they favour (chalk streams) are under threat. There are only around 200 chalk streams in the world, and 85 percent of these are found in England.

What are you doing to save it? Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is currently leading the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment Partnership. A collection of over 40 organisations who work together to ensure Derbyshire’s rivers are being looked after and water quality is being restored, helping little-known creatures such as the lamprey thrive.

Find out more about the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and their projects

Discover more lamprey species on Arkive