Over the millennia of human influence, a number of wetland species have been extirpated in the UK, and many others have been reduced to tiny remnant populations. The same pattern applies at local and regional level within the country: many wetlands lack the species that would historically have supported its ecosystem function, or would have enriched the lives of the people that spend time in them.

Common cranes

Our UK Species Restoration programme aims to reverse this loss. Our ethos is that as we create, recreate and restore wetlands, we should – where feasible and appropriate – ensure that they have as full a suite of species as possible. Where this means active intervention, we will do it.

We have particular skills in close-order study and management of small populations, wildlife health and in conservation breeding, and these are used to deliver hands-on recovery of some of the most threatened species in the country.