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10 Biodiversity success stories from WWT Reserves in 2020
09 Mar 2021

10 Biodiversity success stories from WWT Reserves in 2020

2020 was a tough year, but the results are in and we’re delighted to report that we have some stories of conservation optimism to share with you. Head of Reserves Emma Hutchins takes stock and reflects on the highlights of 2020 at our ten WWT wetland si...

Wetlands of the World: The Yellow sea - a migration lifeline
01 Feb 2021

Wetlands of the World: The Yellow sea - a migration lifeline

The Yellow Sea's vast intertidal wetland mudflats offer food-packed staging posts to waders and other birds in their countless thousands. Located between China and South Korea, it's a target for conservation because of its importance to migratory birds...

New Slimbridge wetland system is treat for water and wildlife
23 Dec 2020

New Slimbridge wetland system is treat for water and wildlife

It might look like Shrek’s spa at the moment, but don’t let the abundance of mud fool you. Wetland treatment systems involve using natural processes to treat wastewater, but they do so much more than that...

Lost species: how the UK was once a much wetter land
22 Dec 2020

Lost species: how the UK was once a much wetter land

Thousands of years ago, lowland Britain would once have been a much wetter place. There would have been a lot more wetland habitat all over the lowlands, filled with species you might not expect to see roaming the UK in great numbers...

Swanfall after a slow start to 2020
04 Dec 2020

Swanfall after a slow start to 2020

Kane Brides and Steve Heaven update us on the - much later than expected, but nonetheless extremely welcome - influx of Bewick's swans to the UK this winter. ...

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...

Nature and our mental health:  An interview with Jolie Goodman of the Mental Health Foundation
08 Oct 2020

Nature and our mental health: An interview with Jolie Goodman of the Mental Health Foundation

Social prescribing and embedding an urban wellbeing network of wild spaces are ways we can make nature more accessible for all. Read more about how this works in our interview with Jolie Goodman from the Mental Health Foundation...

How wearable tech shows that urban wetlands can benefit stressed-out city dwellers
07 Oct 2020

How wearable tech shows that urban wetlands can benefit stressed-out city dwellers

Urban wetlands can help biodiversity, prevent flooding and our wellbeing, and should be a priority. So WWT’s Evidence team, along with Imperial College London, undertook an innovative study to help us make the case to decisionmakers and communities...

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...

When traditional flood defences are no longer enough: wetlands and flood prevention
03 Sep 2020

When traditional flood defences are no longer enough: wetlands and flood prevention

Scientists predict that one of the impacts of our climate emergency will be heavier rainfall and greater frequency and strength of storms. Find out how we can use wetlands to help reduce flooding in a sustainable and cost-effective way...

The wetlands protecting Cambodia in times of crisis
28 Aug 2020

The wetlands protecting Cambodia in times of crisis

We’ve always known wetlands play an important role in many countries in the world, providing food, water and income for the most vulnerable. This was thrown into stark reality for many Cambodian locals during the COVID-19 outbreak. ...

How wetlands can help us and wildlife in hot weather
23 Jul 2020

How wetlands can help us and wildlife in hot weather

Every time a heatwave hits, our wetlands become inundated with people and wildlife. Find out more about how wetlands help wildlife deal with extreme hot weather, and how we look after them on our reserves. ...

Why are so many wetland species at risk?
03 Jul 2020

Why are so many wetland species at risk?

When Greta Thunberg says that: ‘Our house is on fire’, it’s a stark warning that we’re in danger of effectively ‘burning the library of life’ – biodiversity. The situation is dire, but there is still hope we can turn it around. ...

What is biodiversity and why do we need it?
13 Jun 2020

What is biodiversity and why do we need it?

Biodiversity is a measure of how many different forms of life live in an ecosystem - the diversity within species, between species and within ecosystems. Every species of animal and plant depends on the services provided by other species to survive...

Nature and lockdown: how we can plan a ‘green recovery’ for our health
21 May 2020

Nature and lockdown: how we can plan a ‘green recovery’ for our health

Many of us have become acutely aware that our connection to wild places and other forms of life is innate and essential to our wellbeing as well as that of the wildlife we love. So how can we make nature and our health our priority? ...