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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. ...

Support the global climate strikes
12 Sep 2019

Support the global climate strikes

WWT stands alongside young people calling for climate strikes...

Alien Plant Meets a Mighty Foe at Llanelli Wetland Centre
03 Sep 2019

Alien Plant Meets a Mighty Foe at Llanelli Wetland Centre

In a first for Wales, a microscopic sap-sucking mite has been introduced in a bid to help control invasive Australian wetland plant Crassula that chokes up bodies of water and vastly out-competes our native plants...

Improving habitat for waterbirds: the Dafen Scrapes Project at Llanelli
29 Aug 2019

Improving habitat for waterbirds: the Dafen Scrapes Project at Llanelli

At Llanelli we have recently enhanced the Dafen Scrapes area of the reserve...

WWT welcomes French curlew decision reversal
28 Aug 2019

WWT welcomes French curlew decision reversal

WWT is welcoming the French government’s decision to ban the hunting of curlew this winter, following pressure from conservation groups including ourselves. The curlew is declining rapidly across the UK. Its population has declined by almost two thir...

Curlew hunting in France given green light despite experts' warnings
02 Aug 2019

Curlew hunting in France given green light despite experts' warnings

The French Government has decided that up to 6000 Eurasian curlew - in rapid decline across the UK and Europe - can be hunted in France. Dismissing expert advice, including recommendations from their own committee, the French Government will not renew a ...

WWT urges French Government to end the hunting of curlews
26 Jul 2019

WWT urges French Government to end the hunting of curlews

WWT has written to the French Government urging them to reconsider plans to allow the hunting of curlews, which are declining rapidly across the UK and Europe. Under new proposals, the French Government are considering not renewing a moratorium which s...

Hand-reared curlews to the rescue as wild release continues fight for species
22 Jul 2019

Hand-reared curlews to the rescue as wild release continues fight for species

Dozens of hand-reared curlews have been released onto reserves in Gloucestershire as part of a trial to conserve the species in lowland England. ...