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Wild barnacle geese take climate action
03 Sep 2019

Wild barnacle geese take climate action

2019 research has shown that migratory barnacle geese are actively adjusting their traditions to climate change, shifting their migration routes within the last 25 years. ...

Why the once common European eel is now Critically Endangered (and what can be done about it)
14 Jun 2019

Why the once common European eel is now Critically Endangered (and what can be done about it)

Author and marine biologist Helen Scales explores the plight of the European eel, once so numerous but now critically endangered. WWT conservationists have come up with a few solutions to give eels a helping hand...

Spotlight on: the European otter (and how to see them in the wild)
24 May 2019

Spotlight on: the European otter (and how to see them in the wild)

Otters are secretive, fascinating and adorable creatures, but why do we never see them? Find out more about otters, where otters live in the UK and what to do for the best chance of seeing them in the wild. ...

Water voles vs. rats: how to tell the difference
22 May 2019

Water voles vs. rats: how to tell the difference

Have you ever seen a small furry body swimming along, and not been sure if it's a water vole or a rat? This quick guide highlights the key differences between the species. ...

Ducks in trees? How different birds build their nests and rear their young
10 May 2019

Ducks in trees? How different birds build their nests and rear their young

A guide to how the different groups of bird species make their nests in wetlands, what their chicks and eggs look like, and the parenting challenges they face. Each group has different adaptations to give their young the best chance. ...

10 ways to add water to your garden that wildlife will love
16 Apr 2019

10 ways to add water to your garden that wildlife will love

When it comes to supporting nature, wildlife gardens are a good place to start. By creating ponds and wetland areas in our gardens - no matter how small – you'll attract wildlife like dragonflies, amphibians and birds. ...

The Comeback Crane
30 Aug 2018

The Comeback Crane

A total of three young cranes have been raised at a nature reserve in Gloucestershire marking the most successful so year of an ambitious re-introduction project. The youngsters have been practicing flying at WWT Slimbridge where 93 cranes were hand-re...

Are swans more aggressive than other birds?
08 May 2017

Are swans more aggressive than other birds?

Are swans more aggressive than other birds? The rumour that 'a swan can break a man's arm' is well known, but is there any truth in the rumours that swans are dangerous? A new study investigates. ...