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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. ...

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...

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. ...

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...

Invasive plant species runs out of time after WWT hero stops it from reaching nature reserve
05 Dec 2019

Invasive plant species runs out of time after WWT hero stops it from reaching nature reserve

Slimbridge scientist has banished Himalayan Balsam from the canal during his lunchtime running sessions. ...

WWT's Julia Newth discusses science, swans and Slimbridge
03 Dec 2019

WWT's Julia Newth discusses science, swans and Slimbridge

Swan expert Dr Julia Newth reveals what it is like being part of one of the longest studies of any single species. ...

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. ...

WWT Snapshot October 2019
30 Oct 2019

WWT Snapshot October 2019

Here’s a snapshot of just some of the wetland conservation work that’s been possible in the last three months due to your support for WWT. Around the world In Iceland, we’ve downloaded data from tags attached to Greenland white fronted geese e...

The Leucistic Goose – Giant Flocks and the Glorious Glitches within them
28 Oct 2019

The Leucistic Goose – Giant Flocks and the Glorious Glitches within them

Barnacle geese visit the Solway each year in their thousands and amongst the flock are a handful of rare birds that are a result of a genetic flaw...

'Rice breast' prevalent in wildfowl, new research shows
21 Oct 2019

'Rice breast' prevalent in wildfowl, new research shows

Peer-reviewed research, coming from a joint British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) survey, has found the wildfowl disease sarcocystosis is both more prevalent and more widely distributed than previousl...

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...

Wetland conservation heroes - the Marsh Awards 2019
14 Oct 2019

Wetland conservation heroes - the Marsh Awards 2019

Mary Colwell and David Hindle have been given a Marsh award each from Peter Titley of the Marsh Christian Trust, whilst the other recipient, Dr. Llewellyn Young’s, posthumous award was accepted by his wife Deborah...

Help us crack the curlew mystery!
03 Oct 2019

Help us crack the curlew mystery!

Help us track the mysterious movements of our headstarted curlews by reporting your sightings to us...

Cambodia: the kingdom of wetlands
20 Sep 2019

Cambodia: the kingdom of wetlands

Cambodia is one of the most wetland dependant countries in the world. More than 46% of its people live and work in wetlands and 80% of the population rely on them for food. Yet protecting wetlands in Cambodia is a complex and challenging issue. ...