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What is the IUCN Red List, and how is it used to track biodiversity loss?
19 Jul 2019

What is the IUCN Red List, and how is it used to track biodiversity loss?

The IUCN Red List is the most well-known assessment of species populations worldwide. It consists of nine threat categories. The latest assessment from the IUCN Red List in 2019 shows that more than 28,000 species are threatened with extinction. ...

Freedom for fish in the Severn Vale after old waterways restored as part of 1.3m project
08 Jul 2019

Freedom for fish in the Severn Vale after old waterways restored as part of 1.3m project

Struggling salmon, and a wide range of other fish species, will now have improved passage along the River Frome following the rewetting of an old channel at Bond’s Mill in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. ...

Why the once common European eel is now Critically Endangered (and what can be done about it)
14 Jun 2019

Why the once common European eel is now Critically Endangered (and what can be done about it)

Author and marine biologist Helen Scales explores the plight of the European eel, once so numerous but now critically endangered. WWT conservationists have come up with a few solutions to give eels a helping hand...

Who lives in a pond?
12 Jun 2019

Who lives in a pond?

Did you know that ponds are havens for a huge range of aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and more? Find out more about how to identify the huge biodiversity of pond life when you next go pond dipping. ...

Make a Crane!
10 Jun 2019

Make a Crane!

One of the most famous origami models is the paper crane. In Japanese folklore, the crane is said to live for a thousand years. Read on for simple instruction on how to make a paper crane, and take the WWT #CraneChallenge...

 Eggs rescued from RAF airbases as ‘pilot project’ to save endangered curlew takes flight
30 May 2019

Eggs rescued from RAF airbases as ‘pilot project’ to save endangered curlew takes flight

Dozens of curlew eggs have been saved from RAF airfields as part of first ever united effort between wildlife charity WWT, the Ministry of Defence and Natural England to boost numbers of this iconic bird in parts of lowland Britain. ...

Spring photography tips: how to get the best shots of new life
29 May 2019

Spring photography tips: how to get the best shots of new life

Spring is a fantastic time of the year for photographers. As the days lengthen and the temperature starts to warm, learn how WWT reserve warden Arron Roberts photograph new life and a plethora of colourful subjects...

Spotlight on: the European otter (and how to see them in the wild)
24 May 2019

Spotlight on: the European otter (and how to see them in the wild)

Otters are secretive, fascinating and adorable creatures, but why do we never see them? Find out more about otters, where otters live in the UK and what to do for the best chance of seeing them in the wild. ...

The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site
23 May 2019

The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site

Rare black-tailed godwits hand-reared at WWT Welney after their eggs were freed from muddy farmland have flown thousands of miles home for summer. ...

Water voles vs. rats: how to tell the difference
22 May 2019

Water voles vs. rats: how to tell the difference

Have you ever seen a small furry body swimming along, and not been sure if it's a water vole or a rat? This quick guide highlights the key differences between the species. ...

Ducks in trees? How different birds build their nests and rear their young
10 May 2019

Ducks in trees? How different birds build their nests and rear their young

A guide to how the different groups of bird species make their nests in wetlands, what their chicks and eggs look like, and the parenting challenges they face. Each group has different adaptations to give their young the best chance. ...

Mistaken identity - Bewick’s swans being hunted accidentally, research finds
10 May 2019

Mistaken identity - Bewick’s swans being hunted accidentally, research finds

Bewick’s swans are at risk of being unintentionally hunted due to their physical similarities to other swans, according to a study commissioned by WWT and partners. ...

What is biodiversity, and why does it matter? | 6 insights from the IPBES report
07 May 2019

What is biodiversity, and why does it matter? | 6 insights from the IPBES report

In a comprehensive and shocking global report, the IPBES have published landmark findings that show biodiversity in wetlands and other habitats around the world is in freefall. We examine what the report tells us, and what can be done. ...

Flamenco flamingo - What's in a name?
01 May 2019

Flamenco flamingo - What's in a name?

Flamingos are well-known for their colour and dancing skills, their habits of standing on one leg. But why are they called flamingos?...

Slough residents turn animal detectives to save local stream
16 Apr 2019

Slough residents turn animal detectives to save local stream

Local volunteers from Slough have been trained to identify river-residents to monitor pollution in the Salt Hill Stream by WWT experts. ...

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