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Tag: Conservation

Mistaken identity - Bewick’s swans being hunted accidentally, research finds
10 May 2019

Mistaken identity - Bewick’s swans being hunted accidentally, research finds

Bewick’s swans are at risk of being unintentionally hunted due to their physical similarities to other swans, according to a study commissioned by WWT and partners. ...

What is biodiversity, and why does it matter? | 6 insights from the IPBES report
07 May 2019

What is biodiversity, and why does it matter? | 6 insights from the IPBES report

In a comprehensive and shocking global report, the IPBES have published landmark findings that show biodiversity in wetlands and other habitats around the world is in freefall. We examine what the report tells us, and what can be done. ...

Slough residents turn animal detectives to save local stream
16 Apr 2019

Slough residents turn animal detectives to save local stream

Local volunteers from Slough have been trained to identify river-residents to monitor pollution in the Salt Hill Stream by WWT experts. ...

Wetlands key to ecosystem restoration
22 Mar 2019

Wetlands key to ecosystem restoration

A specific wetland programme under the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration would help the world reach its ambitious goals of sustainable development, halting biodiversity loss and tackling climate change, says WWT...

History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild
28 Dec 2018

History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild

A duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar. Some 21 Madagascar pochards spent a week in the safety of the world’s first floating aviaries on Lake Sofia in the nor...

Survey reveals record number of UK's tallest bird
14 Dec 2018

Survey reveals record number of UK's tallest bird

2018 has been the most successful year for Britain’s tallest bird – the Eurasian crane – since the 17th Century, according to figures released today. A record 54 pairs produced 25 chicks, bringing the national total population up to around 180 bi...

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future
26 Nov 2018

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future, if a proposal by Norway to the EU is adopted. The reason is that the species has increased through conservation efforts to stop it sliding towards extinction. UK numbers of Sval...

Global wetland crisis - the lowdown
27 Sep 2018

Global wetland crisis - the lowdown

Wetlands are disappearing three times faster than natural forests, warns a new report ahead of a global meeting on protecting the world’s wetlands. Wetlands are as essential for our water as forests are for our air. The report by the Ramsar Convention ...

Exotic spider discovered during WWT species survey as part of Salt Hill Playday
07 Aug 2018

Exotic spider discovered during WWT species survey as part of Salt Hill Playday

A wasp spider – a species relatively new to the UK – was uncovered during a survey to discover local animals and plants as part of the Salt Hill event. The striking arachnid with yellow and black stripes was first recorded on the island in the 1920...

Rare plant with roots in south returns to Arundel after century's absence
02 Aug 2018

Rare plant with roots in south returns to Arundel after century's absence

A plant so rare in the UK that it was only found in a patch smaller than a doormat has been reintroduced near the banks of the river Arun where it once thrived over a hundred years ago. A total of 400 triangular club-rushes have been planted over an area...

Chris Packham's Caerlaverock visit unearths unusual discovery
24 Jul 2018

Chris Packham's Caerlaverock visit unearths unusual discovery

A rare bug - never recorded in Scotland before – was discovered during Chris Packham’s Caerlaverock visit. Two rare saucer bugs, Ilyocoris cimicoides, were spotted by eagle-eyed local expert naturalist, Bob Merritt in a pond on the reserve. Up unti...

Cranes here to stay, new model predicts
17 Jul 2018

Cranes here to stay, new model predicts

The UK’s tallest bird – the common crane – is here to stay and we could have as many as 275 breeding pairs within 50 years, according to the latest population model from scientists at the University of Exeter, WWT and RSPB published in Animal Conser...

Baby Baer's! First sighting of duck family confirms rare bird is breeding
07 Jun 2018

Baby Baer's! First sighting of duck family confirms rare bird is breeding

A female Baer’s pochard and her young have been spotted at Hengshui Hu National Nature Reserve in China. It’s the only confirmed report from anywhere in the world this year of successful breeding by this Critically Endangered duck. Conservationists h...

Rare eggs hatch after spring flooding rescue
25 May 2018

Rare eggs hatch after spring flooding rescue

A total of 15 godwit eggs rescued from muddy farmland in East Anglia have hatched successfully so far. Conservationists, trying to protect the rare black-tailed godwit, teamed up with local farmers to save the eggs, which were found in poor condition due...

Rescue effort saves rare eggs after spring flooding
10 May 2018

Rescue effort saves rare eggs after spring flooding

Unseasonal April downpours have forced tens of thousands of birds to nest away from the safety of the wetlands after their habitat in the Fens, East Anglia became submerged. Conservationists, trying to protect the rare black-tailed godwit, discovered c...

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