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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. ...

WWT welcomes steps towards removing lead ammunition from the environment
24 Feb 2020

WWT welcomes steps towards removing lead ammunition from the environment

WWT has welcomed a voluntary ban on the use of lead ammunition by UK shooting organisations. The new initiative means that hunters are expected to transition from lead ammunition in favour of non-toxic alternatives by 2025. ...

Emergency Recovery Plan could halt catastrophic collapse in world’s freshwater biodiversity
18 Feb 2020

Emergency Recovery Plan could halt catastrophic collapse in world’s freshwater biodiversity

A new scientific paper outlines straightforward plan to reverse the rapid decline in the world’s freshwater species and habitats while protecting our life support systems. ...

Protecting biodiversity at WWT Steart Marshes
02 Feb 2020

Protecting biodiversity at WWT Steart Marshes

Life thrives in wetlands and by creating and managing habitats, we can improve an area's biodiversity. One of our shining examples of how we can do this on a grand scale is the Steart Marshes, a huge salt marsh reserve created in 2014...

World’s rarest duck breeds in the wild
17 Jan 2020

World’s rarest duck breeds in the wild

Madagascar pochard ducklings have been sighted on Lake Sofia, a remote site in northern Madagascar, where 21 captive-bred pochards were released in December 2018. ...

Fresh hope for spoon-billed sandpipers after chicks hatch
28 Dec 2019

Fresh hope for spoon-billed sandpipers after chicks hatch

The future of the world’s rarest water bird looks a little brighter after two spoon-billed sandpiper chicks hatched at Slimbridge...

Invasive plant species runs out of time after WWT hero stops it from reaching nature reserve
05 Dec 2019

Invasive plant species runs out of time after WWT hero stops it from reaching nature reserve

Slimbridge scientist has banished Himalayan Balsam from the canal during his lunchtime running sessions. ...