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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. ...

EU countries choose health over poison in historic vote to ban lead shot in wetlands
04 Sep 2020

EU countries choose health over poison in historic vote to ban lead shot in wetlands

A huge leap towards ending the suffering of millions of waterbirds from lead poisoning has been taken following a momentous vote to ban lead shot in and around wetlands. The vote was made by EU Committee REACH, set up to specifically deal with chemical h...

The only black-winged stilts to hatch in the UK this year have successfully fledged in Somerset
25 Aug 2020

The only black-winged stilts to hatch in the UK this year have successfully fledged in Somerset

A trio of black-winged stilt chicks have flown the nest at WWT Steart Marshes, where to the disbelief of conservationists, they hatched last month. This is the first time the rare wader has ever nested at the reserve and it is the most western point in...

Swans reserve aggression for each other, new research has found
18 Aug 2020

Swans reserve aggression for each other, new research has found

Despite their hostile reputations, swans ruffle each other's feathers rather than other birds, according to a study commissioned by WWT and the University of Exeter. Of all three swan species observed; whooper, Bewick’s and mute swans were most frequen...

WWT joins coalition calling for long-term plan for England's beavers
17 Aug 2020

WWT joins coalition calling for long-term plan for England's beavers

The Government should allow wild beavers to remain in England and expand naturally through river catchments, with robust local management and monitoring of the animals, say members of a coalition which includes WWT. The call for an English Beaver Strateg...

Rare wading bird breeds at Somerset reserve in miracle first
10 Jul 2020

Rare wading bird breeds at Somerset reserve in miracle first

A rare pair of black-winged stilts have successfully bred chicks at WWT Steart Marshes for the first time ever. ...

Human swan calls for lead shot ban ahead of EU vote
29 Jun 2020

Human swan calls for lead shot ban ahead of EU vote

Human swan Sacha Dench has added her voice to the call for a lead shot ban from wetlands...

Lead shot ban on knife-edge
26 Jun 2020

Lead shot ban on knife-edge

The future of lead shot in the EU is on a knife-edge after several countries indicated that they will abstain or vote against a ban of its use in wetlands. Lead is one of the WHO’s ten most toxic human poisons, and kills a million waterbirds a year...

The European lead ammunition scandal: the questions that need answering
18 Jun 2020

The European lead ammunition scandal: the questions that need answering

Why is key vote on lead ammuniation repeatedy delayed?...

Pinker flamingos more aggressive, reveals WWT study
08 Jun 2020

Pinker flamingos more aggressive, reveals WWT study

Bright pink flamingos are more aggressive than paler rivals when fighting over food, new research shows. ...

Welcome home! Black-tailed godwits return to WWT Welney
19 May 2020

Welcome home! Black-tailed godwits return to WWT Welney

It seems that home really is where the heart is, even if you’re a black-tailed godwit. With good numbers already returning to Project Godwit sites this year, the future looks bright for these iconic waders. ...

UK crane population reaches its highest level for over 400 years
22 Apr 2020

UK crane population reaches its highest level for over 400 years

Crane numbers are a 400-year high thanks to to a conservation partership between charities. ...

Huge nature, wellbeing and climate cost of coronavirus
15 Apr 2020

Huge nature, wellbeing and climate cost of coronavirus

Environmental charities warn health of planet at risk from coronavirus impact ...

Flamingos form firm friendships
14 Apr 2020

Flamingos form firm friendships

Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows. ...

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. ...