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Politicians, businesses and environment groups meet to launch ambitious  Blue Recovery plan
04 Mar 2021

Politicians, businesses and environment groups meet to launch ambitious Blue Recovery plan

Government, politicians, environmental organisations and businesses today attended the online launch of WWT’s Blue Recovery. ...

WWT response to The Budget 2021
03 Mar 2021

WWT response to The Budget 2021

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak today outlined the Government’s budget for the next year. ...

WWT responds to The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review
02 Feb 2021

WWT responds to The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review

As biodiversity continues to disappear from our rivers, lakes and other wetlands, WWT welcomes the findings of the Dasgupta Review, the much anticipated assessment into the economics of preserving nature. Until recently, the link between environmental ...

Fighting water with wetlands – WWT urges the creation of more nature-based solutions to combat flooding
27 Jan 2021

Fighting water with wetlands – WWT urges the creation of more nature-based solutions to combat flooding

In the aftermath of Storm Christoph, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is calling for more nature rich wetlands in the UK to help stop repeats of this type of catastrophic flooding. Conservationists are making a fresh push for a re-think on flood p...

WWT receives grant of £1.58m to protect and enhance Somerset coast
10 Dec 2020

WWT receives grant of £1.58m to protect and enhance Somerset coast

WWT's ambitious new project to safeguard the Somerset coast from the effects of climate change has received a £1.58m donation as part of the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. It is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant fro...

WWT welcomes Government’s ten point plan for green industrial revolution
18 Nov 2020

WWT welcomes Government’s ten point plan for green industrial revolution

The Prime Minister has today unveiled his plans for a green industrial revolution to boost a green recovery. The Government’s Ten Point Plan includes measures to expand protected landscapes and create and retain jobs in the environmental sector. In ...

Living Planet Report shows a dramatic decline in freshwater species - giving more urgency to implement Emergency Recovery Plan
10 Sep 2020

Living Planet Report shows a dramatic decline in freshwater species - giving more urgency to implement Emergency Recovery Plan

A key element of the 2020 Living Planet Report's Freshwater Deep Dive, this scientific paper outlines a revolutionary plan to reverse the rapid decline in the world’s freshwater species and habitats while protecting our life support systems. ...

Our response to the State of the Environment speech
08 Sep 2020

Our response to the State of the Environment speech

In response to Sir James Bevan's speech today at the launch of the Environment Agency's State of the Environment report, WWT's Director of Conservation, Dr James Robinson said: Sir James is right to say investing in a healthy environment is about t...

Changes to planning process could accelerate nature's decline, warns environmental coalition
06 Aug 2020

Changes to planning process could accelerate nature's decline, warns environmental coalition

Ahead of the Government’s proposed changes to planning processes, to be published tomorrow 6 August, environment groups including WWT are warning that radical reform of the planning system could mean sweeping losses of nature, unless critical environmen...

Our response to George Eustice's Green Recovery speech
20 Jul 2020

Our response to George Eustice's Green Recovery speech

In response to the Secretary of State for the Environment, George Eustice MP's speech this morning, WWT's Director of Conservation, Dr James Robinson, said, We welcome the Secretary of State's ambition to put nature at the centre of a green recove...

Vote to ban lead ammunition shot down again as dirty tricks prevail
15 Jul 2020

Vote to ban lead ammunition shot down again as dirty tricks prevail

Lead ban on hold yet again as last minute objection derails plans...

Human swan calls for lead shot ban ahead of EU vote
29 Jun 2020

Human swan calls for lead shot ban ahead of EU vote

Human swan Sacha Dench has added her voice to the call for a lead shot ban from wetlands...

WWT joins raft of organisations calling on Government to prioritise green recovery
08 May 2020

WWT joins raft of organisations calling on Government to prioritise green recovery

CEOs call on Government to prioritise green recovery as PM prepares to lead the UK into a new normal ...

Environment Minister and Taunton Deane MP visits UK’s largest wetland reserve to discover how wetlands can combat climate crisis
07 Feb 2020

Environment Minister and Taunton Deane MP visits UK’s largest wetland reserve to discover how wetlands can combat climate crisis

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Rebecca Pow was given a tour of WWT Steart Marshes in north Somerset to find out how healthy wetlands can help people and wildlife adapt to climate change...

Commit to saving wetlands to solve the biodiversity and climate crises this World Wetlands Day
30 Jan 2020

Commit to saving wetlands to solve the biodiversity and climate crises this World Wetlands Day

WWT has joined a chorus of calls for greater reforms to save wetlands and avert the looming biodiversity and climate emergencies...