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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. ...

Wetlands key to ecosystem restoration
22 Mar 2019

Wetlands key to ecosystem restoration

A specific wetland programme under the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration would help the world reach its ambitious goals of sustainable development, halting biodiversity loss and tackling climate change, says WWT...

History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild
28 Dec 2018

History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild

A duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar. Some 21 Madagascar pochards spent a week in the safety of the world’s first floating aviaries on Lake Sofia in the nor...

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...