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The hare-raising antics of the brown hare
08 Jul 2020

The hare-raising antics of the brown hare

Seeing a hare is a very special sight, and one of the star attractions at WWT Welney. They are full of personality and not a little bit fiery! Learn more about their fascinating behaviour and lives. ...

Why are so many wetland species at risk?
03 Jul 2020

Why are so many wetland species at risk?

When Greta Thunberg says that: ‘Our house is on fire’, it’s a stark warning that we’re in danger of effectively ‘burning the library of life’ – biodiversity. The situation is dire, but there is still hope we can turn it around. ...

Summer wetland wildflowers: a quick guide
01 Jul 2020

Summer wetland wildflowers: a quick guide

If you visit a WWT reserve in the spring or summer, you’ll see a huge range of wildflowers blooming. Here is a quick guide to some common (and more uncommon) wetland wildflowers you might see...

The Keepers' Diaries: Our marvellous mammals
26 Jun 2020

The Keepers' Diaries: Our marvellous mammals

Today we will share what some of our most beloved mammals were up to while our doors were closed, in our second and final captive collection keeper diary entry, from Rosie Griffin, Living Collections Supervisor (Mammals), WWT Slimbridge. Hello! My job ...

The Keepers' Diaries: Goose on the loose
16 Jun 2020

The Keepers' Diaries: Goose on the loose

While we were under lockdown and closed to visitors, we noticed some slightly changed behaviour among our animals, especially among the geese! Some behaviours were more intriguing than others and remarkable enough that we thought you might enjoy reading...

What is biodiversity and why do we need it?
13 Jun 2020

What is biodiversity and why do we need it?

Biodiversity is a measure of how many different forms of life live in an ecosystem - the diversity within species, between species and within ecosystems. Every species of animal and plant depends on the services provided by other species to survive...

When do mallard ducklings appear?
11 Jun 2020

When do mallard ducklings appear?

In spring and summer, ducklings abound on rivers and ponds around the UK. Mallards are caring mums, but their task isn’t easy...

Macro wildlife photography tips you can try anywhere
10 Jun 2020

Macro wildlife photography tips you can try anywhere

For many of us, capturing wildlife on camera is one of the ways we explore our love of nature. If you're restricted to your local area, why not think small and try macro photography using a DSLR or smartphone with our handy tips?...

Your window on wetland wildlife - May 2020
10 Jun 2020

Your window on wetland wildlife - May 2020

Hello! And welcome to another round up of our top wildlife picks from across our sites...

Why do birds sing, and what do their calls mean?
02 Jun 2020

Why do birds sing, and what do their calls mean?

What do the songs and calls of birds mean, why do they sing more at certain times of the day or year and is it emotional or purely a means of survival?...

Nature and lockdown: how we can plan a ‘green recovery’ for our health
21 May 2020

Nature and lockdown: how we can plan a ‘green recovery’ for our health

Many of us have become acutely aware that our connection to wild places and other forms of life is innate and essential to our wellbeing as well as that of the wildlife we love. So how can we make nature and our health our priority? ...

Behind the scenes at our centres
19 May 2020

Behind the scenes at our centres

If you’re wondering what our favourite residents are up to during lockdown, here’s a sneak peek from those busy taking care of the animals. If you’re missing the cheeky antics of our otters or the welcoming peck of a goose you’re in for a treat…...

Welcome home! Black-tailed godwits return to WWT Welney
19 May 2020

Welcome home! Black-tailed godwits return to WWT Welney

It seems that home really is where the heart is, even if you’re a black-tailed godwit. With good numbers already returning to Project Godwit sites this year, the future looks bright for these iconic waders. ...

Can a wetland bring a dead lake back to life?
19 May 2020

Can a wetland bring a dead lake back to life?

Find out how PhD student Olly Van Biervliet turned a polluted shallow lake into a thriving, healthy ecosystem using a constructed wetland for wastewater treatment. It now boasts a vast and growing range of biodiversity...

While humans are away, the birds put on a display
14 May 2020

While humans are away, the birds put on a display

Wildlife courtship displays can be dazzling to watch. From dances to poses, here are some wetland courtship displays to look out for this spring...