Despite the pandemic, we’ve been able to welcome thousands of you to our sites, and it’s not just people that rely on our wetlands.
Thanks to you, work on our reserves has continued, ensuring that as our winter migrants return, we’re able to offer them a safe haven where they can rest and recuperate after their long journeys.
Your support has helped us to bring wetlands centre stage to show how crucial they are in helping us meet the challenges of today’s global issues. From storing carbon and protecting us from floods, to preventing further biodiversity loss and boosting our health and wellbeing, we’ve demonstrated just how much wetlands have to offer.
You’ve helped push for a momentous vote to ban lead shot in and around wetlands in the EU, taking us one step closer to ending the suffering of millions of waterbirds from lead poisoning.
You’ve enabled new research which has shown that the humble farm pond can act as a much needed 'bird buffet' for declining farmland bird species, creating hubs of aquatic insects that would otherwise be absent from this land, much needed during breeding season.
Here's just some of the amazing things we've achieved this year, thanks to your fantastic support:
Treat yourself to our December Christmas special, rounding up the wildlife highlights from some of our reserves over the past month. And we hope you can take some cheer in this festive message below. Times are tough right now but hopefully our warmest wishes will bring a smile to your face: