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WWT Snapshot December 2018
31 Dec 2018

WWT Snapshot December 2018

Thank you to all our supporters for your time, passion and funding. Here is a shapshot of just some of the great conservation work you've helped WWT achieve in the last three months. Around the world In Madagascar, WWT and Durrell reintroduced...

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...

Winter wildlife activities at WWT Wetland Centres
21 Dec 2018

Winter wildlife activities at WWT Wetland Centres

At WWT Wetland Centres this winter, discover amazing wildlife spectacles including swirling starling murmurations, the arrival of thousands of wild Bewick’s and whooper swans from Russia and Iceland and huge flocks of rare geese flying in to their over-...

Environment Bill brings mixed Christmas offerings
21 Dec 2018

Environment Bill brings mixed Christmas offerings

The Government has published its Environment Bill – just in time for Christmas! Over recent months WWT has been working to ensure vital environmental protections are stronger, not weaker, after we leave the EU. The importance of this was reflected in...

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...

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...

WWT plays key role in Asia
12 Dec 2018

WWT plays key role in Asia

WWT’s Chief Executive has been re-appointed to a group managing conservation efforts along the most threatened bird migration route on the planet. Martin Spray CBE will be one of only two NGO representatives on the Management Committee for the East A...

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...

Annual 'swanfall' begins as Slimbridge welcomes over 50 migratory Bewick's swans
20 Nov 2018

Annual 'swanfall' begins as Slimbridge welcomes over 50 migratory Bewick's swans

The annual ‘swanfall’ at WWT Slimbridge has kicked off with a flurry of Bewick’s swans checking in for the winter. A total of 51 birds completed the final leg of their migration during the recent crisp nights. They join Indri, the first of the Be...

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...

Latest WWT science journal shines light on lives of wetland birds
20 Nov 2018

Latest WWT science journal shines light on lives of wetland birds

New details of the lives of wetland birds are revealed for the first time in the latest issue of Wildfowl, published by WWT. The charity’s scientific journal, published annually and first printed 70 years ago, is a way of sharing new research that co...

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...

The water of life: how wetland species are affected by water pollution
09 Nov 2018

The water of life: how wetland species are affected by water pollution

Our wetland wildlife provides a stunning example of the beauty and fragility of nature. Whether it’s the flash of blue of a kingfisher, a darting dragonfly, or iconic characters like the toad and water vole (Ratty!) featured in The Wind in the Willows ...

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