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Pioneering techniques to find conservation solutions for now and
the future, using world-leading technology to save wetland wildlife.
Since WWT was founded in 1946 our experts in wetland conservation have been acting to save threatened wildlife, create and protect habitats, and work with local communities to manage wetland areas. In particular, the recent development of tiny, light-weight tracking technology has enabled our specialists to uncover threats to some of the world's most endangered birds.
The latest tracking technology can now be the size of a grain of rice and as light as a paperclip
Your support at the heart of WWT Conservation
Membership with WWT
- Restores damaged wetland worldwide, from Madagascar to Cambodia.
- Gives you the chance to experience UK wetland conservation first hand at our centres, where thousands of wild migratory birds visit each year.
- Supports the development of world-leading conservation techniques and technology.
Tiny tracking technology to the rescue
One of the world's rarest birds
Twice feared extinct, hopes for the Madagascar pochard soared in 2006 when a small flock was discovered on a remote lake. That hope soon faded when WWT research found that lake was too deep for ducklings. Almost all starved to death in their first few weeks. This population on the edge needed a new home. Acting quickly, we took some eggs into captivity and using the most advance breeding techniques in the world created a safety net population of 90 pochards. Now we're ready to release the first few into their new home – Lake Sofia – where conservationists have worked shoulder to shoulder with local villagers to create suitable conditions for the ducks. On release our experts will use tiny tracking tags and readers to closely monitor their survival and activity, and ensure conditions are right for them to thrive in the wild.
From arctic Russia to tropical Asia
For a bird the size of a sparrow, the spoon-billed sandpiper makes an epic migration. Their 3,000km journey between the arctic and the tropics takes them through some of the most remote as well as the most populous parts of the world. Each stage is crucial and fraught with dangers. WWT has managed to bolster their population by using cutting edge conservation techniques to protect the birds through their first weeks' of life when they're at their most vulnerable. New developments in tracking technology, previously beyond the realms of possibility for such a minute creature, are revealing the hidden aspects of the spoon-billed sandpipers' lifecycle, enabling our experts to spot and identify deadly hunting nets and protect essential wetland stopover sites.
Geese using 'fitness trackers'
10,000 steps is a daily goal for many of us, but it's nothing for the Greenland white fronted geese which migrate over the 2km high Greenland ice cap each year to Scotland. Their dwindling numbers have confounded conservationists for years. Their Greenland home is so remote that it's near inaccessible for research. WWT's answer - attach 'fitness tracker' style accelerometers to collars on the birds' necks, record their every movement throughout summer, and simply download it when they return to Scotland in autumn. It's revealed that their migration is more hazardous than we ever imagined, with a sizeable proportion of geese being blown hundreds of miles off course. We are now able to research the impact of increasingly stormy Atlantic weather on their migration timings, and begin to monitor the risks.