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Why we’re calling for a ban on lead shot ammunition in the UK: An open letter

Why we’re calling for a ban on lead shot ammunition in the UK: An open letter

The RSPB and WWT are advocating new legislation to end the use of lead shotgun ammunition for shooting game animals in the UK. The availability of effective and comparably priced non-lead ammunition for shotgun shooters means there should be no real prac

WWT appoints Flock Together in new ambassador role and extends its relationship with a host of wildlife experts

WWT appoints Flock Together in new ambassador role and extends its relationship with a host of wildlife experts

WWT has appointed Ollie Olanipekun and Nadeem Perera of Flock Together as the charity’s first ambassadors.

Membership updates for 2022

Membership updates for 2022

Prices for WWT membership are increasing from April 2022. This was not an easy decision, but after freezing prices during the global pandemic to support members, we need to make this change now to ensure the continuity of our conservation work.

Why we need action for wetlands as part of the UK's nature recovery plan

Why we need action for wetlands as part of the UK's nature recovery plan

The UK Government has today announced major new proposals to help meet its ambitions to halt the loss of nature and restore species by 2030. The announcements include proposed new targets to improve water quality and increase species abundance, and the publication of a new Nature Recovery Green Paper which proposes to overhaul how areas including some of our best wetlands are protected for nature. These proposals follow the passing of the landmark Environment Act in November 2021 and are designed to drive action by successive governments to protect and enhance our natural world. WWT broadly welcomes the proposals. Tom Fewins, Head of Policy & Advocacy, comments: “Wetlands are one of the world’s most biodiverse habitats, providing homes and places to rest for many endangered species. However, they are also under pressure and in the UK we have lost 90% of our wetlands. Small wonder we face a biodiversity crisis and are one of the most nature-depleted nations on Earth. “We welcome the UK Government’s ambition to halt and reverse the loss of our wildlife, however this must be matched by action. We rely upon many of the goods and services that wetlands provide, from drinking water to flood protection, and if we want to enjoy these in the future we need healthy, functioning wetlands. “This means affording our most precious wetland sites - many of which are Ramsar wetland sites of international importance - the very best level of protection, with a comprehensive set of legally-based designations. It means ensuring our wetlands are managed wisely so that their resources – be it water or wildlife - are used sustainably. And perhaps most crucially, it means restoring some of what we have lost. If the Government really wants to reverse the catastrophic loss of species there is no better way than to embrace WWT’s proposals for a ‘Blue Recovery’ and support our efforts to create and restore 100,000 hectares of wetlands.” In the coming months, WWT will be responding to the Government’s proposals, urging it to go further and faster in supporting efforts to create and restore wetlands. To help us campaign for 100,000 hectares of wetlands in the UK, you can sign our Wetlands Can! pledge. With your support, we will campaign for change and urge the UK government to prioritise and invest in more wetlands.

Leading organisations come together with WWT to help create 100,000 hectares of healthy wetlands across the UK

Leading organisations come together with WWT to help create 100,000 hectares of healthy wetlands across the UK

On 4th March, his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met a group of leading organisations working with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).

Slimbridge welcomes HRH The Prince of Wales

Slimbridge welcomes HRH The Prince of Wales

On 4th March, WWT's Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, visited Slimbridge to celebrate our charities 75th anniversary.

Saving world’s rarest duck helps restore critical Madagascar wetlands

Saving world’s rarest duck helps restore critical Madagascar wetlands

News on World Wildlife Day that 35 of the world’s rarest ducks have been successfully released into the wild has highlighted the pivotal role these birds play in our ambitious project to restore wetlands in Madagascar.

Times Christmas Appeal total tops £400,000

Times Christmas Appeal total tops £400,000

Seventeen articles, twelve radio interviews, one podcast….and an incredible £400,000 raised: the Times and Sunday Times Christmas Appeal has come to an end, but its impact for wetlands and wildlife will be felt for a long time yet.

On World Wetlands Day APPG for Wetlands hears evidence on the vital role of wetlands in managing flood risk

On World Wetlands Day APPG for Wetlands hears evidence on the vital role of wetlands in managing flood risk

On World Wetlands Day 2022, a group of MPs and peers met to hear about the critical role wetlands are playing in managing flood risk and how this contribution can be scaled up.

WWT calls for increasing access to wetlands to be a key part of Levelling Up

WWT calls for increasing access to wetlands to be a key part of Levelling Up

WWT is calling for plans for Levelling Up to include increasing access to urban wetlands as the government publishes its Levelling Up White Paper.

World Wetlands Day – 2 February 2022

World Wetlands Day – 2 February 2022

As the UK’s largest wetlands charity, we celebrate wetlands 365 days a year.

New partnership to champion garden wetlands

New partnership to champion garden wetlands

WWT and the National Garden Scheme has announced a new partnership aimed at promoting a wider understanding of the importance of wetlands in nature and in our gardens.

WWT Castle Espie to host BBC Two’s Winterwatch 2022

WWT Castle Espie to host BBC Two’s Winterwatch 2022

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre has been selected as one of three live locations across the UK to host BBC Two’s popular wildlife programme Winterwatch.

Parliamentary committee issues damning report on the quality of water in our rivers

Parliamentary committee issues damning report on the quality of water in our rivers

A damning parliamentary report has highlighted the failure to monitor, regulate and invest in the cleanliness of our rivers – and called for change.

WWT sets out what is needed to effectively implement biodiversity net gain

WWT sets out what is needed to effectively implement biodiversity net gain

The UK Government has today released a consultation on regulations needed to ensure all new developments achieve a 10% net gain in biodiversity, as set out in the Environment Act 2021.