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Wetland birds among Arctic animals changing behaviour because of climate change’s rapid transformation of region, according to new data archive
05 Nov 2020

Wetland birds among Arctic animals changing behaviour because of climate change’s rapid transformation of region, according to new data archive

Rising temperatures are triggering changed responses in animal populations in the Arctic, which could have huge ramifications for the future of the northernmost region on earth. The findings are explored in a new scientific paper Ecological insights fro...

Nights, camera, action! Device to record voyaging eels during hours of darkness installed at Gloucestershire reserve marking World Fish Migration Day
24 Oct 2020

Nights, camera, action! Device to record voyaging eels during hours of darkness installed at Gloucestershire reserve marking World Fish Migration Day

A new acoustic camera has been fitted at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre to monitor eels embarking on their epic migratory voyage...

Famous artist’s work up for auction to raise money for spoon-billed sandpipers
15 Oct 2020

Famous artist’s work up for auction to raise money for spoon-billed sandpipers

Internationally renowned bird sculptor, Guy Taplin, whose works have been snapped up by the likes of Michael Palin and Jacqueline Onassis, is selling one of his bird sculptures to help WWT save the spoon-billed sandpiper...

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 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. ...