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Wetland birds among Arctic animals changing behaviour because of climate change’s rapid transformation of region, according to new data archive
05 Nov 2020

Wetland birds among Arctic animals changing behaviour because of climate change’s rapid transformation of region, according to new data archive

Rising temperatures are triggering changed responses in animal populations in the Arctic, which could have huge ramifications for the future of the northernmost region on earth. The findings are explored in a new scientific paper Ecological insights fro...

Noticing nature: Eight practical exercises you can try to improve your mood
05 Nov 2020

Noticing nature: Eight practical exercises you can try to improve your mood

Mindfulness is a way to help yourself be more present, intentionally aware of everything going on around you. These short practices are to help you take a step back from your own thoughts and focus on the world around you in wetlands. ...

A spotlight on wetland wildlife - October 2020
03 Nov 2020

A spotlight on wetland wildlife - October 2020

Join us on another journey around our reserves looking back on the migratory month of October. Thousands of waterbirds are arriving on our wetlands for the winter, some all the way from arctic Russia...

Migrations series: incredible bird migration destinations to mind-travel to
02 Nov 2020

Migrations series: incredible bird migration destinations to mind-travel to

Migration is one of the biggest events in a bird’s life, and many rely on wetlands to get them home. From well-known wildlife destinations to more modest, muddy wetlands, here are just some of the world’s most important migration stopover sites...

What lies beneath: monsters of the marsh – myths and realities
30 Oct 2020

What lies beneath: monsters of the marsh – myths and realities

We’ve sifted through the murky depths of wetlands’ worst to assemble a horror cast of bone-chilling, boggy beasts. Real or not, this line-up is the stuff of nightmares. We dare you to dive below to find out more. Please paddle carefully...

Wetland Warriors: Tadpole shrimp and tardigrades
28 Oct 2020

Wetland Warriors: Tadpole shrimp and tardigrades

There are two wetland animals that are unparalleled in their ability to survive whatever is thrown at them; extreme radiation, the vacuum of space… Being microwaved. Yes, it's the unassumingly named water bears and tadpole shrimp. ...

Nights, camera, action! Device to record voyaging eels during hours of darkness installed at Gloucestershire reserve marking World Fish Migration Day
24 Oct 2020

Nights, camera, action! Device to record voyaging eels during hours of darkness installed at Gloucestershire reserve marking World Fish Migration Day

A new acoustic camera has been fitted at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre to monitor eels embarking on their epic migratory voyage...

Wetlands throughout the seasons: autumn
12 Oct 2020

Wetlands throughout the seasons: autumn

From breath-taking scenery to epic wildlife migrations, autumn is when nature chooses to wow us with its beauty and power before slowing down for a period of rest and regeneration. So what can we expect from this colourful, dramatic season?...

Nature and our mental health:  An interview with Jolie Goodman of the Mental Health Foundation
08 Oct 2020

Nature and our mental health: An interview with Jolie Goodman of the Mental Health Foundation

Social prescribing and embedding an urban wellbeing network of wild spaces are ways we can make nature more accessible for all. Read more about how this works in our interview with Jolie Goodman from the Mental Health Foundation...

How wearable tech shows that urban wetlands can benefit stressed-out city dwellers
07 Oct 2020

How wearable tech shows that urban wetlands can benefit stressed-out city dwellers

Urban wetlands can help biodiversity, prevent flooding and our wellbeing, and should be a priority. So WWT’s Evidence team, along with Imperial College London, undertook an innovative study to help us make the case to decisionmakers and communities...

Migrations series: Which birds are arriving in the UK in autumn?
06 Oct 2020

Migrations series: Which birds are arriving in the UK in autumn?

Lively, noisy and often spectacular, winter migratory birds are a welcome sight as the nights draw in, bringing new life to the landscape. Here are a few common migratory species to welcome back...

A sanctuary for nature, and for you: explore the UK this autumn
05 Oct 2020

A sanctuary for nature, and for you: explore the UK this autumn

As the weather changes and the temperatures drop, wildlife heads to the nearest wetland. Here birds and animals find a welcome retreat to spend the winter. Take a leaf out of nature’s book and explore one of our wetland centres this autumn. ...

A spotlight on wetland wildlife - September 2020
05 Oct 2020

A spotlight on wetland wildlife - September 2020

Come with us on a journey across our reserves during the busy month that was September. Birds are truly on the move with autumn migration in full swing and the weather is feeling just that little bit cooler. Summer visitors are gone and the next shift is...

EU countries choose health over poison in historic vote to ban lead shot in wetlands
04 Sep 2020

EU countries choose health over poison in historic vote to ban lead shot in wetlands

A huge leap towards ending the suffering of millions of waterbirds from lead poisoning has been taken following a momentous vote to ban lead shot in and around wetlands...

When traditional flood defences are no longer enough: wetlands and flood prevention
03 Sep 2020

When traditional flood defences are no longer enough: wetlands and flood prevention

Scientists predict that one of the impacts of our climate emergency will be heavier rainfall and greater frequency and strength of storms. Find out how we can use wetlands to help reduce flooding in a sustainable and cost-effective way...