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WWT welcomes Government’s ten point plan for green industrial revolution
18 Nov 2020

WWT welcomes Government’s ten point plan for green industrial revolution

The Prime Minister has today unveiled his plans for a green industrial revolution to boost a green recovery. The Government’s Ten Point Plan includes measures to expand protected landscapes and create and retain jobs in the environmental sector. In ...

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...

Impact of lockdowns on our sites
04 Nov 2020

Impact of lockdowns on our sites

Following the UK Government’s announcement of a four week lockdown in England we have now received clarification on how the regulations will affect WWT sites. ...

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...

WWT Wetland Centres to welcome back schools
19 Oct 2020

WWT Wetland Centres to welcome back schools

WWT Wetland Centres will open their doors to school pupils from December 1. Forced to close their doors to such excursions in March, the conservation charity is pleased to be able to once again help children reconnect with nature in a safe and secure en...

Famous artist’s work up for auction to raise money for spoon-billed sandpipers
15 Oct 2020

Famous artist’s work up for auction to raise money for spoon-billed sandpipers

Internationally renowned bird sculptor, Guy Taplin, whose works have been snapped up by the likes of Michael Palin and Jacqueline Onassis, is selling one of his bird sculptures to help WWT save the spoon-billed sandpiper...

WWT receives cash boost from Disney Conservation Fund to continue to improve wetlands for people and wildlife in Madagascar
15 Oct 2020

WWT receives cash boost from Disney Conservation Fund to continue to improve wetlands for people and wildlife in Madagascar

UK charity WWT has been awarded a $49,600 grant by the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) for its work to save the world’s rarest duck, the Madagascar pochard. The conservation charity has been working in the northern regions of the island to restore a vast...

Fall for nature’s spectacle at WWT wetland centres this autumn
29 Sep 2020

Fall for nature’s spectacle at WWT wetland centres this autumn

Just as wetlands offer sanctuary to thousands of animals over the colder months, they also make the perfect place to safely escape the everyday and appreciate one of nature’s greatest shows - autumn. For our wetlands, it is a spectacular time of year. ...

Our response to the UN’s GBO-5 report: Humanity at a crossroads
16 Sep 2020

Our response to the UN’s GBO-5 report: Humanity at a crossroads

Summary The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) report, published by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 15 September, offers an authoritative overview of the state of nature now. It is a school report on the world’s progress in meet...

Living Planet Report shows a dramatic decline in freshwater species - giving more urgency to implement Emergency Recovery Plan
10 Sep 2020

Living Planet Report shows a dramatic decline in freshwater species - giving more urgency to implement Emergency Recovery Plan

A key element of the 2020 Living Planet Report's Freshwater Deep Dive, this scientific paper outlines a revolutionary plan to reverse the rapid decline in the world’s freshwater species and habitats while protecting our life support systems. ...

Our response to the State of the Environment speech
08 Sep 2020

Our response to the State of the Environment speech

In response to Sir James Bevan's speech today at the launch of the Environment Agency's State of the Environment report, WWT's Director of Conservation, Dr James Robinson said: Sir James is right to say investing in a healthy environment is about t...

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...

The only black-winged stilts to hatch in the UK this year have successfully fledged in Somerset
25 Aug 2020

The only black-winged stilts to hatch in the UK this year have successfully fledged in Somerset

A trio of black-winged stilt chicks have flown the nest at WWT Steart Marshes, where to the disbelief of conservationists, they hatched last month. This is the first time the rare wader has ever nested at the reserve and it is the most western point in...

WWT welcomes new Chair, Barnaby Briggs
21 Aug 2020

WWT welcomes new Chair, Barnaby Briggs

This week, Barnaby Briggs was elected Chair of WWT by a unanimous vote from his fellow Trustees He steps into the role previously held by Peter Day who sadly passed away in July. Barnaby brings with him extensive experience from the conservation and en...

Swans reserve aggression for each other, new research has found
18 Aug 2020

Swans reserve aggression for each other, new research has found

Despite their hostile reputations, swans ruffle each other's feathers rather than other birds, according to a study commissioned by WWT and the University of Exeter. Of all three swan species observed; whooper, Bewick’s and mute swans were most frequen...