WWT supports a number of assessments of the status of waterbirds and other wetland biodiversity, through the provision of data and species expertise. The main assessments of waterbirds are Birds of Conservation Concern (BoCC), which provides assessments of conservation status, and the Avian Population Estimates Panel (APEP), which periodically estimates the population size of all UK birds. Annual updates are provided in State of the UK’s Birds. WWT also contributes to the State of Nature report, developed by a large consortium of wildlife conservation NGOs led by the RSPB, and provides expert advice goose management in Scotland and the management of the UK’s Special Protection Area (SPA) network. WWT is funded by Defra to be part of the GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership to provide Defra and the wider British community with early warning systems for risks to human and domestic animal health and threats to the UK’s biodiversity.
Specialist Groups are networks of experts who provide information and advice in support of Wetlands International and IUCN-Species Survival Commission programmes and projects. The Specialist Groups facilitate effective communication and transfer of knowledge and best practice between members and others with an interest in wetland biodiversity management and conservation. WWT Chairs the Duck, Flamingo, Swan and Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Groups. It hosts the Freshwater Plant Specialist Group and is a Board Member of the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group.