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Dynasties – dominance and drama on the wetlands
11 Feb 2019

Dynasties – dominance and drama on the wetlands

Some of our most successful swans belong to large dynasties, powerful families who have been returning to the same lake each year for generations. As space becomes tight, visitors to the centres are likely to witness an argument or two upon the ripples...

Slough urged to become ‘town fit for the future’ at World Wetlands Day celebration centred on climate change
08 Feb 2019

Slough urged to become ‘town fit for the future’ at World Wetlands Day celebration centred on climate change

Councillors, town planners and mosque members met at St Mary’s Primary water garden to hear about the benefits of small but mighty wetlands against extreme weather. They also learned how Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can engage the community, h...

Wetlands given cash injection by People’s Postcode Lottery players
07 Feb 2019

Wetlands given cash injection by People’s Postcode Lottery players

Wetlands will receive a £600,000 boost this year thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The amazing players of People’s Postcode Lottery have provided WWT with more than £2 million of support over the past five years which have aided eve...

Challenging  threats to our water quality – and to wetland wildlife
07 Feb 2019

Challenging threats to our water quality – and to wetland wildlife

The Water Framework Directive is a piece of legislation that has lead to the Environment Agency improving over 4,500km of water bodies in the last 3 years. Now, that directive is under review - and there's a chance it could be weakened. ...

Rare dragonflies discovered at WWT reserve in Somerset
05 Feb 2019

Rare dragonflies discovered at WWT reserve in Somerset

WWT Steart is home to rare species of dragonflies, a study has found. Among the species identified is the Red Listed scarce chaser and emerald, red-eyed, small red-eyed damselflies, brown hawker, scarce chaser and ruddy darter, which have never been re...

How wetlands could help solve the climate change problem
01 Feb 2019

How wetlands could help solve the climate change problem

‘The science is clear. Wetlands are the most effective carbon sinks on our planet.’ Long overshadowed by forests, the major role wetlands could play in combating climate change is due widespread public attention...

10 magical winter wildlife sights to lift the spirits
21 Jan 2019

10 magical winter wildlife sights to lift the spirits

While the weather might feel cold and dark, the winter season is actually an amazing time for spotting wildlife and interesting weather in the UK - particularly in wetlands...

WWT Snapshot December 2018
31 Dec 2018

WWT Snapshot December 2018

Thank you to all our supporters for your time, passion and funding. Here is a shapshot of just some of the great conservation work you've helped WWT achieve in the last three months. Around the world In Madagascar, WWT and Durrell reintroduced...

History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild
28 Dec 2018

History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild

A duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar. Some 21 Madagascar pochards spent a week in the safety of the world’s first floating aviaries on Lake Sofia in the nor...

Winter wildlife activities at WWT Wetland Centres
21 Dec 2018

Winter wildlife activities at WWT Wetland Centres

At WWT Wetland Centres this winter, discover amazing wildlife spectacles including swirling starling murmurations, the arrival of thousands of wild Bewick’s and whooper swans from Russia and Iceland and huge flocks of rare geese flying in to their over-...

Environment Bill brings mixed Christmas offerings
21 Dec 2018

Environment Bill brings mixed Christmas offerings

The Government has published its Environment Bill – just in time for Christmas! Over recent months WWT has been working to ensure vital environmental protections are stronger, not weaker, after we leave the EU. The importance of this was reflected in...

WWT takes Green Bill campaign to Westminster
17 Dec 2018

WWT takes Green Bill campaign to Westminster

WWT supporters have taken our Get Behind The Green Bill campaign to Westminster to push for better legal protection for air, water and wildlife after Brexit. The Government’s draft Environment Bill – or Green Bill – is expected to be part-publish...

Survey reveals record number of UK's tallest bird
14 Dec 2018

Survey reveals record number of UK's tallest bird

2018 has been the most successful year for Britain’s tallest bird – the Eurasian crane – since the 17th Century, according to figures released today. A record 54 pairs produced 25 chicks, bringing the national total population up to around 180 bi...

WWT plays key role in Asia
12 Dec 2018

WWT plays key role in Asia

WWT’s Chief Executive has been re-appointed to a group managing conservation efforts along the most threatened bird migration route on the planet. Martin Spray CBE will be one of only two NGO representatives on the Management Committee for the East A...

Welsh and English protection for declining geese
03 Dec 2018

Welsh and English protection for declining geese

WWT welcomes decisions this week by the UK and Welsh governments to end the hunting of Greenland white-fronted geese. Annual counts show the population of Greenland white-fronted geese wintering in Britain and Ireland dropped by a third in the last dec...

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