By Claire Waring
In 2017, I was privileged to join an expedition to Wrangel Island off the north-east coast of Siberia. I knew that this was the last place that mammoths walked on earth and that it boasts the highest number of polar bear dens in the world. However, I was not prepared for the sheer stark beauty of this island and the nearby Herald Island. The geology is stunning and the number of nesting Brünnich's guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes was almost beyond comprehension. The other side to this island is the debris that man has left behind. Oil drums, machinery and buildings have simply been left to decay because of the high cost associated with removing them. Fortunately, there are plans to start cleaning up this arctic wilderness.