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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. ...

Giant plughole poses serious threat to sea life in the UK's largest estuary
22 Jul 2019

Giant plughole poses serious threat to sea life in the UK's largest estuary

Up to half a million fish each day will be sucked into Hinkley Point C nuclear power station if it is allowed to install a “giant plughole” in one of the UK’s heaviest protected marine areas, the Severn Estuary. ...

Freedom for fish in the Severn Vale after old waterways restored as part of 1.3m project
08 Jul 2019

Freedom for fish in the Severn Vale after old waterways restored as part of 1.3m project

Struggling salmon, and a wide range of other fish species, will now have improved passage along the River Frome following the rewetting of an old channel at Bond’s Mill in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. ...

Wetlands' future is
26 Jun 2019

Wetlands' future is "non-negotiable"

“Healthy wetlands are non-negotiable for life as we know it and if you take them – and the biodiversity they support – out of the equation the whole edifice crumbles”.That’s the stark message given by WWT and five fellow NGOs to an international...

Warning bell sounds for threatened wetlands worldwide
25 Jun 2019

Warning bell sounds for threatened wetlands worldwide

A specially commissioned art piece for WWT Llanelli signals a warning for nature...

Bird on the brink receives boost after bumper baby arrival
07 Jun 2019

Bird on the brink receives boost after bumper baby arrival

Endangered curlews in lowland England have been handed a lifeline after dozens of rescued eggs hatched at WWT Slimbridge...

The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site
23 May 2019

The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site

Rare black-tailed godwits hand-reared at WWT Welney after their eggs were freed from muddy farmland have flown thousands of miles home for summer. ...

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. ...