Our conservation team work across the UK and internationally to deliver WWT's vision.

Overseas, our work is centred on the biodiversity hotspots of Madagascar and Cambodia, and on two major waterbird flyways – the north-west European flyway and the east Asian-Australasian flyway. In the UK we work across all four countries, and in both urban and rural settings.

This is a truly multidisciplinary group, which allows us to deliver wide-ranging programmes for wetland conservation. We have specialists in community-based wetland management, both in the UK and internationally, and we are increasingly involved in landscape-scale wetland restoration. We also have expertise in Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA). We have a long track record in species conservation, with specialists in action planning, waterbird monitoring and conservation breeding. Our programmes have a strong science component. We currently have 12 postdoctoral staff and 12 PhD students. Our researchers focus on wildlife and ecosystem health, threatened species recovery and waterbird ecology, wetland ecosystem services, and human health and wellbeing.

Our staff have partnerships with numerous research institutions, including the University of Exeter and University College London and Imperial College London, as well as environmental NGOs such as RSPB, Durrell and Birds Russia. We work closely with international conservation agreements such as the Ramsar Convention, the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership.


Dr Andrew Bamford Anne Harrison Dr Baz Hughes Carl Mitchell
Ed Burrell Dr Geoff Hilton James Lyon Julia Newth
Dr Kevin Wood Dr Richard Benwell Richard Hearn Rob Shore
Tomos Avent Dr Larry Griffin