New wetland life is fragile

Please help protect wetland homes and young with a gift today.

Precious wetland habitats are crucial for breeding wildlife and their vulnerable young.

Across our reserves, broody ducks and geese are protecting their nests. Each newly hatched chick is more fragile than you might think, at risk from predation, disease and hunger or cold. And this vital wetland habitat is disappearing three times faster than forests.

Will you help young birds and other much-loved species have the best chance of survival, by protecting their unique wetland homes today?

Why wetlands
need you

Wetlands make up only 3% of the UK but are home to around 10% of all our species. From providing homes to many endangered species, to combating carbon emissions, cleaning our drinking water and protecting us from flooding, wetlands are incredibly important.

Threats to the world's wetlands

Wetland wildlife is rapidly disappearing around the world, with nearly two thirds of our freshwater and wetland species now declining. The threats to wetlands are many and varied, ranging from drainage and pollution to invasive species and the overharvesting of wetland resources.

If we don't take urgent action to look after our wetlands, young wildlife will have nowhere safe to call home.

40% of all species rely on freshwater wetlands, despite covering less than 1% of the world's surface.

In England up to 90% of wetlands have disappeared in the last 400 years.

Freshwater species have shown an 83% decline since 1970, according to the Living Planet Report.

Help provide a safe home for new life by protecting around 7,000 acres of wetland at our WWT reserves

Here are some of the ways your gift today can help protect vulnerable
new life on our wetland reserves.

At water's edge

Ditch and tree upkeep are key to supporting the many small mammals which breed on our site, like water vole and water shrew.

Ponds and new life

We create a variety of pond habitats to provide ideal breeding areas for amphibians.

Hatch and dispatch

We manage water levels to expose new areas of damp mud for wader chicks, including lapwing and oystercatcher.

Safe islands

We provide islands for breeding birds, such as little ringed plover and common tern, to help them feel safer from predators.

A safe place in the reeds

We maintain reedbeds to provide cover and feeding opportunities for breeding birds such as water rail.

Why wetlands need you

Infant care

£14 could pay for an hour of staff time to count and monitor fledglings across our reserves.

Baby steps

£40 could help us create a new pond, for fragile wetland chicks to find food and also find their feet.

Staying safe

£100 could buy a tonne of shingle for breeding birds on our islands, to help them feel safe from predators.

Donate now

By making a donation today, you're giving vulnerable new wetland life a helping hand. Thank you