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Survey reveals record number of UK's tallest bird
14 Dec 2018

Survey reveals record number of UK's tallest bird

2018 has been the most successful year for Britain’s tallest bird – the Eurasian crane – since the 17th Century, according to figures released today. A record 54 pairs produced 25 chicks, bringing the national total population up to around 180 bi...

Welsh and English protection for declining geese
03 Dec 2018

Welsh and English protection for declining geese

WWT welcomes decisions this week by the UK and Welsh governments to end the hunting of Greenland white-fronted geese. Annual counts show the population of Greenland white-fronted geese wintering in Britain and Ireland dropped by a third in the last dec...

A win for barnacle geese
27 Nov 2018

A win for barnacle geese

Yesterday WWT called out a proposal being made to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention to downgrade protection for barnacle geese in the UK and Europe, which would make it widely legal to kill them. We featured this photograph of a suitabl...

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future
26 Nov 2018

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future, if a proposal by Norway to the EU is adopted. The reason is that the species has increased through conservation efforts to stop it sliding towards extinction. UK numbers of Sval...

Global wetland crisis - the lowdown
27 Sep 2018

Global wetland crisis - the lowdown

Wetlands are disappearing three times faster than natural forests, warns a new report ahead of a global meeting on protecting the world’s wetlands. Wetlands are as essential for our water as forests are for our air. The report by the Ramsar Convention ...

Fish and chips: Eels microchipped to track species on the brink
27 Sep 2018

Fish and chips: Eels microchipped to track species on the brink

Wild eels are being microchipped, similar to the way people microchip their pets, in an attempt by conservationists from WWT to better understand their activity. The study at Slimbridge in South Gloucester will allow scientists to monitor how eels are ...

Exotic spider discovered during WWT species survey as part of Salt Hill Playday
07 Aug 2018

Exotic spider discovered during WWT species survey as part of Salt Hill Playday

A wasp spider – a species relatively new to the UK – was uncovered during a survey to discover local animals and plants as part of the Salt Hill event. The striking arachnid with yellow and black stripes was first recorded on the island in the 1920...

Rare plant with roots in south returns to Arundel after century's absence
02 Aug 2018

Rare plant with roots in south returns to Arundel after century's absence

A total of 400 triangular club-rushes have been planted over an area of 20 square metres which will be managed by WWT at Arundel Wetland Centre to reverse the hands of time and encourage the shrub to seed...

Chris Packham's Caerlaverock visit unearths unusual discovery
24 Jul 2018

Chris Packham's Caerlaverock visit unearths unusual discovery

A rare bug - never recorded in Scotland before – was discovered during Chris Packham’s Caerlaverock visit. Two rare saucer bugs, Ilyocoris cimicoides, were spotted by eagle-eyed local expert naturalist, Bob Merritt in a pond on the reserve. Up unti...

Cranes here to stay, new model predicts
17 Jul 2018

Cranes here to stay, new model predicts

The UK’s tallest bird – the common crane – is here to stay and we could have as many as 275 breeding pairs within 50 years, according to the latest population model from scientists at the University of Exeter, WWT and RSPB published in Animal Conser...

Baby Baer's! First sighting of duck family confirms rare bird is breeding
07 Jun 2018

Baby Baer's! First sighting of duck family confirms rare bird is breeding

A female Baer’s pochard and her young have been spotted at Hengshui Hu National Nature Reserve in China. It’s the only confirmed report from anywhere in the world this year of successful breeding by this Critically Endangered duck. Conservationists h...

Rare eggs hatch after spring flooding rescue
25 May 2018

Rare eggs hatch after spring flooding rescue

A total of 15 godwit eggs rescued from muddy farmland in East Anglia have hatched successfully so far. Conservationists, trying to protect the rare black-tailed godwit, teamed up with local farmers to save the eggs, which were found in poor condition due...

Rescue effort saves rare eggs after spring flooding
10 May 2018

Rescue effort saves rare eggs after spring flooding

Unseasonal April downpours have forced tens of thousands of birds to nest away from the safety of the wetlands after their habitat in the Fens, East Anglia became submerged. Conservationists, trying to protect the rare black-tailed godwit, discovered c...

First hand-reared godwit returns to UK
24 Apr 2018

First hand-reared godwit returns to UK

A black-tailed godwit has returned to The Fens in East Anglia where it was hand-reared after migrating as far as Portugal for the winter. The bird is one of 26 black-tailed godwits raised at WWT Welney and released into the wild last summer. The wader, a...

Cause for celebration over crane chicks
19 Apr 2018

Cause for celebration over crane chicks

Spring has arrived along with the pitter patter of tiny feet at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, where the common crane has bred successfully for the first time. These scarce birds are shy and secretive during the breeding season, but to the delight of staff...

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