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11 easy things you can do to improve your dragonfly ID

11 easy things you can do to improve your dragonfly ID

We’ve all been there, right? A bright summer’s day, strolling around your favourite wetland and a dragonfly zips past. As your eyes try to follow where it went, you notice other dragonflies perched up in the long grasses. Or are they damselflies? And why so many different patterns and colours?

14 June 2024

First steps towards a brighter future

First steps towards a brighter future

Spring is in full swing now, soft green growth underfoot, bursts of colourful wildflowers and chirps and squawks of new life. This year some of that new life signals the first major milestone for one of our newest projects, Godwit Futures. This programme, funded by Natural England, aims to save an incredibly vulnerable population on the brink of extinction. The class of 2024 just hatched earlier this month and are taking their first steps towards a brighter future.

3 June 2024

12 tips to spot an otter in the wild

12 tips to spot an otter in the wild

Beautiful and playful, wild otters are notoriously hard to see. Find out how you can improve your chances of spotting this elusive predator.

27 May 2024

Top 5 migratory birds to look out for on our reserves

Top 5 migratory birds to look out for on our reserves

At this time of year thousands of birds make an epic 4,000 mile journey from sub-Saharan Africa to the UK. Along the way they cross the largest subtropical desert in the world.

30 April 2024

Top 10 tips to spot a kingfisher

Top 10 tips to spot a kingfisher

How can you improve your chances of spotting the kingfisher’s elusive flash of blue and orange?

19 March 2024

How nature helps bring acceptance of life’s ups and downs

How nature helps bring acceptance of life’s ups and downs

Sophie attended a Blue Prescribing workshop at London Wetland Centre. She signed up to help her come to terms with a diagnosis of a neurological disorder which was having a huge impact on both her physical and mental health. She says connecting with nature has given her the confidence to face the future with hope and acceptance.

18 March 2024

Top 5 spring activities for families at WWT wetland centres

Top 5 spring activities for families at WWT wetland centres

Looking to wow your family this spring with fun, nature themed adventures? You’re guaranteed a fantastic day out at our stunning wetland centres.

18 March 2024

The alternative dawn chorus:  Ten quirky wetland bird calls to listen out for

The alternative dawn chorus: Ten quirky wetland bird calls to listen out for

Ten wonderfully quirky bird calls to listen out for around the UK's wetlands this spring time.

4 March 2024

11 top wetland bird plumages

11 top wetland bird plumages

Spring is with us, meaning it’s the best time to keep an eye out for the finest plumage wetland birds have to offer. They’ll be courting and breeding this season and that means showing off. So we thought we’d count down some of our ‘best in-show' and give you some pointers on what to look out for.

1 March 2024

Winter wildlife worth getting out for

Winter wildlife worth getting out for

You might feel like hibernating, but it’s a great time to get out and enjoy nature. Here are some of our favourite winter wildlife sightings worth pulling on your wellies for.

25 January 2024

An epic career in conservation with Dr Eileen Rees OBE

An epic career in conservation with Dr Eileen Rees OBE

The lady ‘who wrote the book’ on Bewick’s swans, coordinated actions undertaken across the flyway to implement the AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the NW European Bewick’s swan population, and has this year received an OBE for her services to the international research and conservation of swans and other waterbirds.

25 January 2024

Our favourite non-WWT wetland sites

Our favourite non-WWT wetland sites

Here at WWT we’re lucky to manage 10 of the best wetland sites in the world, but there are plenty of other wetlands all across the UK that are worth shouting about.

19 January 2024

Top 10(ish) rare birds at WWT in 2023

Top 10(ish) rare birds at WWT in 2023

It’s been a brilliant year for rare birds on WWT reserves. From black-winged stilts in April, to American golden plover in October, our reserves have played host to a fantastic array of wonderful and unusual birds.

27 December 2023

Wetlands - a natural answer to global climate and biodiversity crises

Wetlands - a natural answer to global climate and biodiversity crises

Over the last couple of years we have published four proposals, or Route Maps, that together show how wetlands can reduce flood risk, improve water quality, store carbon and improve people’s wellbeing.

19 December 2023

Spend a wonderful day out in nature at WWT this winter

Spend a wonderful day out in nature at WWT this winter

Winter at WWT sites is the perfect time to engage with nature and spot some truly spectacular species. Whether it’s the sights and sounds of scores of swans touching down for their daily feast on a bountiful buffet, or the flurry of waxwings making the most of the season’s berries, there’s so much to see.

14 December 2023