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To our supporters - a message from our Chief Operating Officer
23 Mar 2020

To our supporters - a message from our Chief Operating Officer

I want to say thank you for your continued support and I’m sorry that we’ve had to close our wetland centres to visitors for the time being. ...

Our latest statement on coronavirus
22 Mar 2020

Our latest statement on coronavirus

We have taken the difficult decision to close all of our wetland centres to the public until further notice. ...

If we want to bring back farmland birds, restore a farmland pond, new research shows
04 Mar 2020

If we want to bring back farmland birds, restore a farmland pond, new research shows

Researchers have shown that restored farmland ponds contained twice as many bird species and almost three times as many birds, compared to neighbouring unmanaged and overgrown ponds. ...

WWT welcomes steps towards removing lead ammunition from the environment
24 Feb 2020

WWT welcomes steps towards removing lead ammunition from the environment

WWT has welcomed a voluntary ban on the use of lead ammunition by UK shooting organisations. The new initiative means that hunters are expected to transition from lead ammunition in favour of non-toxic alternatives by 2025. ...

Emergency Recovery Plan could halt catastrophic collapse in world’s freshwater biodiversity
18 Feb 2020

Emergency Recovery Plan could halt catastrophic collapse in world’s freshwater biodiversity

A new scientific paper outlines straightforward plan to reverse the rapid decline in the world’s freshwater species and habitats while protecting our life support systems. ...

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...

World Wetlands Day: Protecting  biodiversity
02 Feb 2020

World Wetlands Day: Protecting biodiversity

Life thrives in wetlands and by creating and managing habitats, we can improve an area's biodiversity. One of our shining examples of how we can do this on a grand scale is the Steart Marshes, a huge salt marsh reserve created in 2014...

Make a Splash at WWT’s 2020 Puddle Jumping Championships  This February Half Term
31 Jan 2020

Make a Splash at WWT’s 2020 Puddle Jumping Championships This February Half Term

This February half term, children and adults alike are being encouraged to grab their wellies, get outside and join in puddle jumping championships being held across the UK at WWT’s nine wetland centres, including Slimbridge (Gloucestershire), Martin Me...

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...

WWT response to Environment Bill
30 Jan 2020

WWT response to Environment Bill

WWT welcomes the speedy reintroduction of the Environment Bill into Parliament today, however this vital legislation must go further than simply bridging the gap in environmental protection and oversight that we have enjoyed as a Member State of the EU.To...

Why don’t birds get frozen feet?  And other amazing avian adaptations
28 Jan 2020

Why don’t birds get frozen feet? And other amazing avian adaptations

When you see waterbirds standing around in cold water, or wandering across the ice, you might wonder why they don’t get frostbite in their feet. So how do ducks, geese and swans cope with the cold weather in the winter? ...

WWT Snapshot - January 2020
27 Jan 2020

WWT Snapshot - January 2020

Here’s the latest snapshot of just some of the wetland conservation work that’s been possible in the last few months due to your support for WWT. Around the world In Madagascar, where we’ve reared and released 21 Madagascan pochards, we’re d...

World’s rarest duck breeds in the wild
17 Jan 2020

World’s rarest duck breeds in the wild

Madagascar pochard ducklings have been sighted on Lake Sofia, a remote site in northern Madagascar, where 21 captive-bred pochards were released in December 2018. ...

Photography competition 2019 - the winners
09 Jan 2020

Photography competition 2019 - the winners

The winner, runner ups and commended photos from the 2019 Waterlife photography competition...

Fresh hope for spoon-billed sandpipers after chicks hatch
28 Dec 2019

Fresh hope for spoon-billed sandpipers after chicks hatch

The future of the world’s rarest water bird looks a little brighter after two spoon-billed sandpiper chicks hatched at Slimbridge...