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Why the once common European eel is now Critically Endangered (and what can be done about it)
14 Jun 2019

Why the once common European eel is now Critically Endangered (and what can be done about it)

Author and marine biologist Helen Scales explores the plight of the European eel, once so numerous but now critically endangered. WWT conservationists have come up with a few solutions to give eels a helping hand...

The Time Is Now
11 Jun 2019

The Time Is Now

Do you want politicians to do more to tackle environmental issues like climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution? ...

Bird on the brink receives boost after bumper baby arrival
07 Jun 2019

Bird on the brink receives boost after bumper baby arrival

Endangered curlews in lowland England have been handed a lifeline after dozens of rescued eggs hatched at WWT Slimbridge...

Expanded Blue Belt welcomed - But Governments must champion its protection
31 May 2019

Expanded Blue Belt welcomed - But Governments must champion its protection

WWT and 10 other environmental organisations are welcoming an announcement by Defra today of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones. ...

 Eggs rescued from RAF airbases as ‘pilot project’ to save endangered curlew takes flight
30 May 2019

Eggs rescued from RAF airbases as ‘pilot project’ to save endangered curlew takes flight

Dozens of curlew eggs have been saved from RAF airfields as part of first ever united effort between wildlife charity WWT, the Ministry of Defence and Natural England to boost numbers of this iconic bird in parts of lowland Britain. ...

Spotlight on: the European otter (and how to see them in the wild)
24 May 2019

Spotlight on: the European otter (and how to see them in the wild)

Otters are secretive, fascinating and adorable creatures, but why do we never see them? Find out more about otters, where otters live in the UK and what to do for the best chance of seeing them in the wild. ...

The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site
23 May 2019

The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site

Rare black-tailed godwits hand-reared at WWT Welney after their eggs were freed from muddy farmland have flown thousands of miles home for summer. ...

Water voles vs. rats: how to tell the difference
22 May 2019

Water voles vs. rats: how to tell the difference

Have you ever seen a small furry body swimming along, and not been sure if it's a water vole or a rat? This quick guide highlights the key differences between the species. ...

Ducks in trees? How different birds build their nests and rear their young
10 May 2019

Ducks in trees? How different birds build their nests and rear their young

A guide to how the different groups of bird species make their nests in wetlands, what their chicks and eggs look like, and the parenting challenges they face. Each group has different adaptations to give their young the best chance. ...

Mistaken identity - Bewick’s swans being hunted accidentally, research finds
10 May 2019

Mistaken identity - Bewick’s swans being hunted accidentally, research finds

Bewick’s swans are at risk of being unintentionally hunted due to their physical similarities to other swans, according to a study commissioned by WWT and partners. ...

What is biodiversity, and why does it matter? | 6 insights from the IPBES report
07 May 2019

What is biodiversity, and why does it matter? | 6 insights from the IPBES report

In a comprehensive and shocking global report, the IPBES have published landmark findings that show biodiversity in wetlands and other habitats around the world is in freefall. We examine what the report tells us, and what can be done. ...

Slough residents turn animal detectives to save local stream
16 Apr 2019

Slough residents turn animal detectives to save local stream

Local volunteers from Slough have been trained to identify river-residents to monitor pollution in the Salt Hill Stream by WWT experts. ...

10 ways to add water to your garden that wildlife will love
16 Apr 2019

10 ways to add water to your garden that wildlife will love

When it comes to supporting nature, wildlife gardens are a good place to start. By creating ponds and wetland areas in our gardens - no matter how small – you'll attract wildlife like dragonflies, amphibians and birds. ...

Our Planet - a wildlife series with a difference?
02 Apr 2019

Our Planet - a wildlife series with a difference?

Biodiversity loss has long been the poor cousin of climate change. Does the launch of Our Planet, a new flagship wildlife series by Netflix, succeed in highlighting the problem? ...

WWT Snapshot March 2019
02 Apr 2019

WWT Snapshot March 2019

Thank you to all our supporters for getting behind WWT’s work to save wetlands in early 2019. February half-term week saw record numbers of visitors at our nine wetland centres across the UK. Across the week, a massive 47,000 people enjoyed a day out...

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