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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...

Why new build houses are  a flood risk to existing homes
02 Feb 2017

Why new build houses are a flood risk to existing homes

People’s homes will be at greater risk from flooding by 2020 because new homes will overwhelm existing drains, according to the biggest ever survey of building and flooding professionals. More sustainable drainage systems is the answer...

Lead poisoning - Government announces decision
14 Jul 2016

Lead poisoning - Government announces decision

The Government has rejected a stakeholder group’s recommendation that lead ammunition should be phased out on account of its risk to wildlife and human health. A key aspect for WWT is that wildfowl often ingest poisonous lead pellets, left on the groun...

WWT becomes a formal partner on the Ramsar Convention
28 Jun 2016

WWT becomes a formal partner on the Ramsar Convention

WWT became a formal partner of the global convention for wetlands – the Ramsar Convention – earlier this month. WWT Chief Executive Martin Spray joined Acting Secretary General of Ramsar, Ania Grobicki, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that plac...

Sustainable drainage - Lords win Bill amendment
25 Apr 2016

Sustainable drainage - Lords win Bill amendment

Rain runs off the roofs and parking spaces - into a wildlife-rich wetland New and existing homes could be better protected from flooding, after the House of Lords voted to stop new houses being automatically connected to overloaded drains. If the amend...

Higher risk to swans from lead poisoning
01 Apr 2016

Higher risk to swans from lead poisoning

The health of swans in Britain is being affected by lead poisoning at lower doses than previously recognised, suggests new research by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the University of Exeter. The study investigated levels of lead in the blood...

New homes flood risk could be averted
23 Mar 2016

New homes flood risk could be averted

[caption id="attachment_56914" align="alignright" width="300"] Rain runs off the roofs and parking spaces - into a wildlife-rich wetland[/caption] The threat of flooding to homes and businesses will be higher due to the Government’s proposed house-buil...

WWT welcomes ban on damaging pond plants
07 Apr 2014

WWT welcomes ban on damaging pond plants

South American water primrose: Oversized, overzealous and over here! British wildlife will be safer from damaging non-native plants due to a ban on the sale of some exotic species which comes into force this week. Plant stockists will no longer be able...

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