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Almost two girls for every boy is perfect start to pochard breeding [...]

Posted on 24th December 2009 by WWT

Scientists working to save the rarest bird in the world, the Madagascar pochard, have reported ducks (girls) outnumber drakes (boys) by almost two to one in the first two broods being reared in captivity, giving further [...]

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Are the Bewick's predicting a white Christmas again

Posted on 17th December 2009 by WWT

With the country in the grip of arctic conditions from Russia, there’s an old Russian saying tthe swans bring winter on their wingst. So are the Bewick’s swans migrating from arctic Russia to winter at WWT Slimbridge [...]

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Success! hatch confirms doubling of population

Posted on 20th November 2009 by WWT

The short text sent from Madagascar by Team Pochard’s Owen Joiner (Aviculture Manager at WWT’s Washington Wetland Centre) said it all: “100% hatch just complete. Massive grins” Fantastic news that all seven eggs [...]

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Madagascar pochard population set to double

Posted on 13th November 2009 by WWT

The race against time to save the Madagascar pochard from extinction is well on the road to success. WWT’s ‘Team Pochard’ in Madagascar, along with colleagues from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and The [...]

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First super whooper completes migration in 'Supersonic' time

Posted on 5th November 2009 by WWT

A satellite-tracked Super Whooper swan has lived up to his name and completed the migration between Iceland and Scotland, flying 800km non-stop over the ocean in just 14 hours. The aptly named Supersonic Bill was just [...]

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First step to save the world’s rarest bird taken successfully

Posted on 4th November 2009 by WWT

A complicated and challenging mission to a remote lake in Madagascar has resulted in a huge step being taken in efforts to save the world’s rarest duck from extinction. A collaborative team of specialists were hampered [...]

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First Bewick's swans return to Slimbridge

Posted on 1st November 2009 by WWT

The first group of Bewick’s swans arrived last night. Around 13 of swans, which winter in the UK having migrated from their breeding grounds in Arctic Russia, flew in under strong south westerly winds, much to the [...]

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Winners of the WWT Nikon photography competition announced

Posted on 30th October 2009 by WWT

A pintail, a shelduck and a little grebe featured in the winning images of the WWT Nikon Photography Competition 2009, announced at an awards ceremony held at the WWT London Wetland Centre. The competition asked [...]

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Llanelli scoops top tourism award

Posted on 28th October 2009 by WWT

WWT National Wetland Centre Wales, Llanelli has officially been hailed the best day out in Carmarthenshire. In the first Carmarthenshire Tourism Association’s tourism awards held last week, WWT National Wetland Centre [...]

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Will our wildlife be celebrating Natural England’s third birthday

Posted on 13th October 2009 by WWT

Three years ago last weekend, Natural England was born. Formed from the merger of three organisations, it emerged into the expectant glare of England’s wildlife charities, including WWT, the UK’s leading wetland [...]

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