Here's how you helped in 2018

Thanks to you, we’ve had another hugely successful year for wetland and wildlife conservation. Here are some of the key things you helped us to achieve in 2018.

A few of the highlights...

A tail of triumph

At Welney Wetland Centre, through your support 38 black-tailed godwit chicks were successfully reared and released back into their main breeding sites in the Fens, to boost their numbers.

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Population boost

In Russia, we have boosted the wild population of spoon-billed sandpiper’s productivity by around 20% - a huge achievement. We reared and released 22 spoon-billed sandpiper chicks.

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The big release

We took a crucial step in the long term recovery of the world’s rarest bird – the Madagascar pochard. We successfully reared and released 21 critically endangered Madagascar pochards, back into the wild.

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Get closer to nature in 2019

With you by our side we hope to make even more impact in 2019, and there are lots of ways you can get involved.


Time to get outdoors

There’s so much to see and do across our 10 wetland sites at any time of year, for all ages. With membership, you play a vital part at the heart of world-leading conservation, as well as enjoying free unlimited visits and much more.

Discover what awaits you in 2019

Let’s save species

With your ongoing support, we plan to continue our vital conservation work in 2019, here in the UK and internationally. Our plans include…

  • Continuing our head-starting (rear and release) project work for the black-tailed godwit at Welney Wetland Centre.
  • Working to protect curlew chicks and nests to safeguard the species’ future.
  • Protecting Bewick’s swans along their flyway, through lobbying and policy changes.
  • Boosting the population of spoon-billed sandpipers by head-starting in Russia, and continuing with our captive breeding programme at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
  • Supporting the newly released population of the world’s rarest bird, the critically endangered Madagascar pochard, on Lake Sofia in Madagascar.

...and so much more!


Wetlands are good for you

Surrounding yourself with wetland nature can make you fitter, happier and healthier. Research shows it both stimulates and destresses people and can even help you recover faster from illness. We’ll be continuing research and working with local groups to create wetland spaces to benefit people’s mental and physical health.

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Take action

The Environment Bill is due to go through the Houses of Parliament in the spring. We’ll be working hard alongside other organisations to ensure it makes the laws that protect nature stronger, rather than weaker, once the UK leaves the EU.

2019 marks the government’s Year of Green Action (YOGA), so we’ll be looking at more ways to engage young people with nature and the environment.

Look out for ideas to be more wetland friendly this spring by using peat-free compost, creating mini wetlands in your garden or being mindful of what products you use that end up down the drain. There’s so much we can all do to help keep our waterways clean and healthy.


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From all of us at WWT, thank you, and we wish you a very

Happy New Year!