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Why the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands matters more than ever

Why the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands matters more than ever

Today Ramsar wetlands cover more than 2.5 million square kilometres around the world – but how did the largest network of protected areas start?

Fall for autumn on our wetlands

Fall for autumn on our wetlands

As the days begin to shorten and the blackberries begin to ripen, a feeling of rest descends over the countryside. The busyness of the spring and summer is over and the natural world is beginning to think about rest and recuperation.

Ten fascinating facts about WWT founder Sir Peter Scott

Ten fascinating facts about WWT founder Sir Peter Scott

Discover the fascinating story of Sir Peter Scott's life and learn about some of his more unusual achievements and passions, from his interest with the Loch Ness monster to the fish that shares his name.

Why WWT Slimbridge is called the birthplace of modern conservation

Why WWT Slimbridge is called the birthplace of modern conservation

On a bright December morning in 1945 two men watched a large flock of geese feeding on the banks of the river Severn in Gloucestershire. As they watched they noticed that the flock contained several different species of geese.

Birds beat home comforts

Birds beat home comforts

Russian ornithologist Anna Belousova was a member of expedition teams roughing it to study Bewick’s swans on the north Russian tundra.

Inspiring the next generation

Inspiring the next generation

WWT Learning Managers Joanne Newbury and Chris Whitehead treat us to their infectious enthusiasm.

An emergency and an opportunity: a message from WWT's chair

An emergency and an opportunity: a message from WWT's chair

WWT's Chair, Barnaby Briggs, reflects on his first experience at WWT Slimbridge and the last 75 years, and looks forward to the future of the charity.

Inspired by ducks

Inspired by ducks

Hannah Lane’s childhood visit to WWT Slimbridge has led to a lifetime as a conservation volunteer.

Finding the spark

Finding the spark

Discover how a TV programme about WWT fired Angela Hewitt to set up a nature reserve of her own.

More indoor and outdoor nature-themed family activities to try during the school holidays

More indoor and outdoor nature-themed family activities to try during the school holidays

The summer holidays are reaching their end, and come rain or shine you might be looking to nature to keep your young adventurers entertained. Running out of ideas? Your local wetland is the perfect playground.

Using ground-breaking technologies to show how biodiverse wetlands can be

Using ground-breaking technologies to show how biodiverse wetlands can be

WWT’s Laura Weldon, talks citizen science and the new technology that’s helping us monitor our more elusive wetland wildlife, why she champions our less cuddly wetland animals and how despite everything, she’s still hopeful for the future.

Walk on the wild side: the best walks around our wetland centres

Walk on the wild side: the best walks around our wetland centres

With glorious views everywhere you turn and a harmonious soundtrack of birdsong, our wetland centres are ideal spots for a stroll. And if you’re taking a staycation near any of our sites, you'll want to stretch your legs in the surrounding areas too.

Wetland wonders for your next staycation

Wetland wonders for your next staycation

Get closer to nature on a wetland adventure this summer. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of the natural world while cooling off next to the water at our centres.

Lake of life: the biodiversity of Lake Sofia

Lake of life: the biodiversity of Lake Sofia

Around 200,000 species are known to be found in Madagascar, with many endemic to the island. Here we explore some of the biodiversity of the Lake Sofia site, and why this ecosystem is so important.

How wetlands help keep rivers clean (and how you can too)

How wetlands help keep rivers clean (and how you can too)

How healthy is your local river? Would you know just by looking at it? Find out how what you can do if you suspect your stream has seen better days, and the role of wetlands in keeping our waterways clean.