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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...

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...

Ambitious wetland project launched to improve livelihoods of 10,000 people in Madagascar receives international funding
18 Dec 2020

Ambitious wetland project launched to improve livelihoods of 10,000 people in Madagascar receives international funding

WWT’s aim to enhance biodiversity, boost livelihoods and fight climate change through the improved management of protected wetlands in Madagascar has received financial backing from the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacif...

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 ...

Rising temperatures are triggering changed responses in animal populations in the Arctic, new data shows
05 Nov 2020

Rising temperatures are triggering changed responses in animal populations in the Arctic, new data shows

The Arctic is in the process of entering a new ecological phase, which potentially carries a huge cost for humanity. WWT have taken part in a global study to shed light on how climate change might be affecting high Arctic species. ...

Impact of lockdowns on our sites
04 Nov 2020

Impact of lockdowns on our sites

Following the UK Government’s announcement of a four week lockdown in England we have now received clarification on how the regulations will affect WWT sites. ...

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...

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...

Famous artist’s work up for auction to raise money for spoon-billed sandpipers
15 Oct 2020

Famous artist’s work up for auction to raise money for spoon-billed sandpipers

Internationally renowned bird sculptor, Guy Taplin, whose works have been snapped up by the likes of Michael Palin and Jacqueline Onassis, is selling one of his bird sculptures to help WWT save the spoon-billed sandpiper...

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...