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WWT Wetland Centres to welcome back schools
19 Oct 2020

WWT Wetland Centres to welcome back schools

WWT Wetland Centres will open their doors to school pupils from December 1. Forced to close their doors to such excursions in March, the conservation charity is pleased to be able to once again help children reconnect with nature in a safe and secure en...

WWT receives cash boost from Disney Conservation Fund to continue to improve wetlands for people and wildlife in Madagascar
15 Oct 2020

WWT receives cash boost from Disney Conservation Fund to continue to improve wetlands for people and wildlife in Madagascar

UK charity WWT has been awarded a $49,600 grant by the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) for its work to save the world’s rarest duck, the Madagascar pochard. The conservation charity has been working in the northern regions of the island to restore a vast...

Fall for nature’s spectacle at WWT wetland centres this autumn
29 Sep 2020

Fall for nature’s spectacle at WWT wetland centres this autumn

Just as wetlands offer sanctuary to thousands of animals over the colder months, they also make the perfect place to safely escape the everyday and appreciate one of nature’s greatest shows - autumn. For our wetlands, it is a spectacular time of year. ...

Our response to the UN’s GBO-5 report: Humanity at a crossroads
16 Sep 2020

Our response to the UN’s GBO-5 report: Humanity at a crossroads

Summary The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) report, published by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 15 September, offers an authoritative overview of the state of nature now. It is a school report on the world’s progress in meet...

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...

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...

The only black-winged stilts to hatch in the UK this year have successfully fledged in Somerset
25 Aug 2020

The only black-winged stilts to hatch in the UK this year have successfully fledged in Somerset

A trio of black-winged stilt chicks have flown the nest at WWT Steart Marshes, where to the disbelief of conservationists, they hatched last month. This is the first time the rare wader has ever nested at the reserve and it is the most western point in...

WWT welcomes new Chair, Barnaby Briggs
21 Aug 2020

WWT welcomes new Chair, Barnaby Briggs

This week, Barnaby Briggs was elected Chair of WWT by a unanimous vote from his fellow Trustees He steps into the role previously held by Peter Day who sadly passed away in July. Barnaby brings with him extensive experience from the conservation and en...

Swans reserve aggression for each other, new research has found
18 Aug 2020

Swans reserve aggression for each other, new research has found

Despite their hostile reputations, swans ruffle each other's feathers rather than other birds, according to a study commissioned by WWT and the University of Exeter. Of all three swan species observed; whooper, Bewick’s and mute swans were most frequen...

WWT joins coalition calling for long-term plan for England's beavers
17 Aug 2020

WWT joins coalition calling for long-term plan for England's beavers

The Government should allow wild beavers to remain in England and expand naturally through river catchments, with robust local management and monitoring of the animals, say members of a coalition which includes WWT. The call for an English Beaver Strateg...

WWT receives funding for ground-breaking Generation Wild initiative from ScottishPower Foundation
12 Aug 2020

WWT receives funding for ground-breaking Generation Wild initiative from ScottishPower Foundation

New project will help connect young people with wetlands and nature...

Chair of Council, Dr Peter Day
07 Aug 2020

Chair of Council, Dr Peter Day

It was with deep sadness that we received the tragic news that our Chair of Council, Dr Peter Day, passed away on 19 July. WWT has lost one its most passionate and devoted supporters: as a volunteer for over 20 years at the London Wetland Centre, as a Tr...

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...

Experience wetlands and wildlife from around the world at WWT centres this summer
04 Aug 2020

Experience wetlands and wildlife from around the world at WWT centres this summer

WWT centres all set for visitors this summer...