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The facts about biodiversity loss:  6 key insights from the 2019 UN IPBES report
07 May 2019

The facts about biodiversity loss: 6 key insights from the 2019 UN 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. ...

WWT takes Green Bill campaign to Westminster
17 Dec 2018

WWT takes Green Bill campaign to Westminster

WWT supporters have taken our Get Behind The Green Bill campaign to Westminster to push for better legal protection for air, water and wildlife after Brexit. The Government’s draft Environment Bill – or Green Bill – is expected to be part-publish...

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...

What Brexit means for nature
20 Nov 2018

What Brexit means for nature

Heard much about the environment in the Brexit debate? We haven’t either. However the next few weeks turn out with the current political turmoil, Brexit is likely to have serious positive and negative impacts on our wildlife and their habitats. Ai...

Wetlands key to biodiversity
19 Nov 2018

Wetlands key to biodiversity

Wetland loss is driving extinctions of animal and plant species, and contributing to the world’s imminent failure to reach its 2020 global biodiversity targets: But this could be reversed by creating new wetlands. That’s the message from WWT and ot...

Fishy goings on! Plaques highlighting river pollution snatched
06 Nov 2018

Fishy goings on! Plaques highlighting river pollution snatched

Dozens of signs, fixed near drains by schoolchildren to encourage locals to protect the Salt Hill stream, have been stolen. The disappointing discovery was made in Chalvey by WWT Conservation Officer Claire Hutchison who has been working with local commu...

New handbook makes waves in the wetland world
29 Oct 2018

New handbook makes waves in the wetland world

Creating wetlands in cities around the globe just got easier, thanks to a new good practice manual launched this week at the Ramsar Convention in Dubai by WWT Consulting. The handbook, created with Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Chan...

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 ...

A lead-free win-win
29 May 2018

A lead-free win-win

The challenge for UK shooters everywhere is whether they will continue to needlessly poison wildlife because of the myth that the evidence of their impact is in some strange way an “attack” on themselves, or switch to non-poisonous ammunition because ...

Multi-billion pound bill from 'nature invaders' set to soar post-Brexit
27 Mar 2018

Multi-billion pound bill from 'nature invaders' set to soar post-Brexit

WWT is warning that action is needed from the Government to tackle the potentially spiralling cost to the economy of invasive plant and animal species post-Brexit. The warning comes as a coalition of charities, coordinated by Wildlife and Countryside Link...

WWT sets
20 Mar 2018

WWT sets

(Main pic: WWT's Dr Richard Benwell arrives at Westminster to give evidence to an MPs' enquiry) WWT has set the Government a challenge to find a "magic missing metric" to underpin its plan for our environment's future. The challenge was set as WWT's Hea...

How wetlands make cities liveable
01 Feb 2018

How wetlands make cities liveable

Wetlands are soggy bits of land. Literally, 'wet-lands'. We built our cities on them because they gave us water and washed away our waste. But our cities got bigger so we often simply filled them in and built over them. It actually caused us a lot of pr...

Environment Secretary visits WWT Steart Marshes
22 Aug 2017

Environment Secretary visits WWT Steart Marshes

Environment Secretary Michael Gove visited the UK’s biggest coastal realignment project to find out how constructed wetland habitats can reduce flooding, pollution and carbon. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Environment Agency’s Steart Mars...

Lead-ing by example
10 Jul 2017

Lead-ing by example

A deadline is imminent for the UK to report on its progress in complying with lead poisoning protection. The source of the poisoning is some of the 6,000 tonnes of lead ammunition deposited across the UK each year...

Rosier future for rarest duck on Ramsar wetland
22 May 2017

Rosier future for rarest duck on Ramsar wetland

The Madagascar pochard, the world’s rarest duck, has a rosier future today (International Day of Biodiversity) after the Government of Madagascar pledged to protect the wetland earmarked as its new home. A recent WWT audit of Madagascar’s wetlands id...