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Wildlife on Lockdown: keeping WWT nature reserves going
15 Apr 2020

Wildlife on Lockdown: keeping WWT nature reserves going

Even though business as usual has ground to a halt, spring wildlife across our sites is in full swing. Emma Hutchins, our Head of Reserves, shares the challenges of continuing under lockdown conditions...

From egg to chick: how we hatch eggs for our conservation breeding programmes
08 Apr 2020

From egg to chick: how we hatch eggs for our conservation breeding programmes

Despite the current conditions, we still need to look after our endangered birds. Our aviculturists are experts at turning an egg into a fluffy new chick or duck, and they've shared their knowledge of how they hatch eggs for our breeding programmes. ...

Elroy in Estonia!
31 Mar 2020

Elroy in Estonia!

Spring has sprung and the Bewick’s swans are making excellent progress on their migration back to their breeding grounds in the Russian Arctic!...

Endangered wetland species that still need our help
12 Mar 2020

Endangered wetland species that still need our help

We’re passionate about protecting the wetlands habitats of some the most endangered species on the planet. Discover which species they are and why they seriously need our help...

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. ...

'I would love more people to see the amazing world below the surface of wetlands' - My Wild Life with Dr Hannah Robson
11 Feb 2020

'I would love more people to see the amazing world below the surface of wetlands' - My Wild Life with Dr Hannah Robson

Dr Hannah Robson, WWT's Wetland Science Manager, talks catching ducks in your pants, why she loves invertebrates and studying poo in the name of scientific research. ...

'I want to make wetlands healthier for people and wildlife' - My Wild Life with Dr Ruth Cromie
04 Feb 2020

'I want to make wetlands healthier for people and wildlife' - My Wild Life with Dr Ruth Cromie

Dr Ruth Cromie shares with Waterlife how she finds hope, good health and inspiration in nature and young people, and how WWT is creating ‘nearby nature’ by putting wetlands into the landscape. ...

Protecting biodiversity at WWT Steart Marshes
02 Feb 2020

Protecting biodiversity at WWT Steart Marshes

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...

Stories from the Russian Arctic
14 Jan 2020

Stories from the Russian Arctic

With Bewick's numbers falling by 40 percent since the mid-1990s, and as many as a third having shotgun bullet pellets in their bodies, WWT has been working with the local community in their Russian breeding grounds to help conserve these endangered swans...

International Swan Census: January 2020
08 Jan 2020

International Swan Census: January 2020

Internationally coordinated censuses of the Northwest European Bewick’s swan population have been undertaken across the swans’ European wintering range at approximately 5-year intervals since 1984, with the next census scheduled for the weekend of 11/...

The Big Brood Count!
23 Dec 2019

The Big Brood Count!

Around the weekend of 14/15 December the Swan Specialist Group held a co-ordinated count in Europe to find out how many cygnets were born this year. The NW European wintering population has been declining since the mid-1990s. To try to understand this dec...

Feeding in the fields
11 Dec 2019

Feeding in the fields

With winter in full swing, many Bewick’s swans have arrived at their wintering sites in northwest Europe. WWT’s centres provide some of the most important roost sites for the swans visiting Britain, with WWT Welney alone supporting more than 30% of Eu...

Ten fascinating facts about WWT founder Sir Peter Scott
09 Dec 2019

Ten fascinating facts about WWT founder Sir Peter Scott

Discover the fascinating story of Sir Peter Scott's life and learn about some of his more unusual achievements and passions, from his interest with the Loch Ness monster to the fish that shares his name...

Why WWT Slimbridge is called the birthplace of modern conservation
07 Nov 2019

Why WWT Slimbridge is called the birthplace of modern conservation

On a bright December morning in 1945 two men watched a large flock of geese feeding on the banks of the river Severn in Gloucestershire. As they watched they noticed that the flock contained several different species of geese. ...

How Sir Peter Scott saved the nene goose, using conservation techniques we still use today
18 Oct 2019

How Sir Peter Scott saved the nene goose, using conservation techniques we still use today

How did Sir Peter Scott save the nene goose and what are the pioneering breeding techniques WWT uses today to continue his legacy, saving species across the planet? Our story starts back in the 1950s, on Hawaii...