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How do wetland birds build their nests and rear their young?
10 May 2019

How do wetland 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. ...

10 ways to add water to your garden that wildlife will love
16 Apr 2019

10 ways to add water to your garden that wildlife will love

When it comes to supporting nature, wildlife gardens are a good place to start. By creating ponds and wetland areas in our gardens - no matter how small – you'll attract wildlife like dragonflies, amphibians and birds. ...

A guide to pond dipping: things to know before you go
15 Apr 2019

A guide to pond dipping: things to know before you go

Pond dipping is fun, simple and doesn’t cost much. It's no surprise that it’s a popular outdoor learning activity for children, adults and an important conservation surveying method. Our guide will help you explore responsibly...

Our Planet - a wildlife series with a difference?
02 Apr 2019

Our Planet - a wildlife series with a difference?

Biodiversity loss has long been the poor cousin of climate change. Does the launch of Our Planet, a new flagship wildlife series by Netflix, succeed in highlighting the problem? ...

Why spring is a great time to see these secretive species
28 Mar 2019

Why spring is a great time to see these secretive species

We often think of the cuckoo’s call being the first sign of spring. But long before the first migratory birds reach our shores each year, wetlands are already a hive of activity as our year-round residents get a head start on the spring arrivals. ...

Ten of our favourite stories featuring wetlands
07 Mar 2019

Ten of our favourite stories featuring wetlands

Woods feature strongly in stories from our childhood – Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood - yet wetlands play a prominent role too in many of our favourite books...

Nature springs into action early as unseasonal temperatures soar
05 Mar 2019

Nature springs into action early as unseasonal temperatures soar

Impatient spring weather has played havoc with the routines of our wetland wildlife. Our wintering visitors have all but left for their breeding grounds and some of our summer residents have already popped up in their place. What is going on? ...

Why do flamingos dance, and what do their moves mean?
28 Feb 2019

Why do flamingos dance, and what do their moves mean?

Flamingos are fascinating creatures, with their pink plumage and quirky behaviours. But have you ever wondered why they dance, and what their elaborate performances actually mean in flamingo society? ...

Dynasties – dominance and drama on the wetlands
11 Feb 2019

Dynasties – dominance and drama on the wetlands

Some of our most successful swans belong to large dynasties, powerful families who have been returning to the same lake each year for generations. As space becomes tight, visitors to the centres are likely to witness an argument or two upon the ripples...

Challenging  threats to our water quality – and to wetland wildlife
07 Feb 2019

Challenging threats to our water quality – and to wetland wildlife

The Water Framework Directive is a piece of legislation that has lead to the Environment Agency improving over 4,500km of water bodies in the last 3 years. Now, that directive is under review - and there's a chance it could be weakened. ...

How wetlands could help solve the climate change problem
01 Feb 2019

How wetlands could help solve the climate change problem

‘The science is clear. Wetlands are the most effective carbon sinks on our planet.’ Long overshadowed by forests, the major role wetlands could play in combating climate change is due widespread public attention...

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