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WWT Castle Espie to host BBC Two’s Winterwatch 2022

WWT Castle Espie to host BBC Two’s Winterwatch 2022

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre has been selected as one of three live locations across the UK to host BBC Two’s popular wildlife programme Winterwatch.

Parliamentary committee issues damning report on the quality of water in our rivers

Parliamentary committee issues damning report on the quality of water in our rivers

A damning parliamentary report has highlighted the failure to monitor, regulate and invest in the cleanliness of our rivers – and called for change.

WWT sets out what is needed to effectively implement biodiversity net gain

WWT sets out what is needed to effectively implement biodiversity net gain

The UK Government has today released a consultation on regulations needed to ensure all new developments achieve a 10% net gain in biodiversity, as set out in the Environment Act 2021.

Farmland boost for wetlands welcomed by WWT

Farmland boost for wetlands welcomed by WWT

A new UK Government scheme to pay farmers to create and restore wetlands on their land has been welcomed by WWT as a “once in a generation” opportunity to help turn the tide on biodiversity loss and poor water quality.

The State of Global Wetlands in 2021 – New Report

The State of Global Wetlands in 2021 – New Report

Earlier this week (15 December) as part of its 50th anniversary, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands launched the 2021 Global Wetland Outlook Report.

WWT appoints Sarah Fowler as new chief executive

WWT appoints Sarah Fowler as new chief executive

We are delighted to announce that WWT has appointed Sarah Fowler as our new Chief Executive.

WWT chosen for The Times and The Sunday Times Christmas Appeal

WWT chosen for The Times and The Sunday Times Christmas Appeal

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) has been selected as a charity partner for The Times and The Sunday Times 2021 Christmas Appeal.

What happens when COP26 stops?

What happens when COP26 stops?

WWT’s Director of Conservation, James Robinson, reflects on what has been achieved at COP26, and what still needs to be done.

UK Environment Bill Becomes Law: WWT’s Viewpoint

UK Environment Bill Becomes Law: WWT’s Viewpoint

After three years the Environment Bill becomes law.

An incredible 75 year milestone for international wetland charity

An incredible 75 year milestone for international wetland charity

From pulling birds back from extinction to creating wonderful new nature friendly habitats - the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) today celebrates 75 years.

Recent government announcement at COP 26 on Blue Carbon needs to go further – action is needed now

Recent government announcement at COP 26 on Blue Carbon needs to go further – action is needed now

On Friday 5 November at Cop 26 the UK government announced its intention to establish a new cross-Administration UK Blue Carbon Evidence Partnership to progress the evidence base on these habitats.

WWT heads to COP26

WWT heads to COP26

WWT will be at the upcoming United Nations climate conference, COP26, in Glasgow from next week (1st November), flying the flag for wetlands.

Castle Espie to host BBC Two's Autumnwatch 2021

Castle Espie to host BBC Two's Autumnwatch 2021

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre has been selected as one of three live locations across the UK to host BBC Two’s popular wildlife programme Autumnwatch. Following on from the huge success of BBC Springwatch earlier this year the watchers will again be coming to the WWT Castle Espie in Northern Ireland. Over the period of the week, starting on 26th October, Gillian Burke, one of four presenters on the show, will shine a spotlight on this area of international wildlife importance here in Northern Ireland. Located on the shores of Strangford Lough, a designated coastal Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), Special Protection area (SPA), Ramsar site, Marine Nature Reserve (MNR), National Nature Reserve (NNR) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Castle Espie Wetland Centre, managed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), the UK’s leading wetland conservation charity, is home to over 60 acres of pristine wetland habitat filled with a range of wildlife including rare and under threat species. A mixture of tidal lagoon, eel-grass mats, woodland, salt marshes and reed beds offer the perfect habitat for all sorts of wildlife to thrive including a wide variety of water birds such as shelduck and shoveler and waders such as redshank, godwit and plover. Speaking about the arrival of BBC Autumnwatch, Paul Stewart, Centre Manager at Castle Espie Wetland Centre said; “This year was a first for BBC Springwatch in Northern Ireland and WWT Castle Espie and now we’re delighted to welcome the Watches once again for Autunmwatch. Our visitor centre and reserve provides a perfect window on the stunning Strangford Lough and is the ideal base for the show in Northern Ireland. We are thrilled that the international ecological importance of Strangford Lough is recognised and that the BBC have again chosen to host the show live from WWT Castle Espie. Autumn is an enchanting time of year and one of the most beautiful of the seasons. Few things are more awe-inspiring than the return of most of entire planet Earths population of light bellied brent geese from the Canadian High Artic to here on Strangford Lough. From the return of migrating birds, the turning colour of the leaves and the emergence of fungi, autumn is a spectacular time around the nature reserve. As a wetland conservation charity, we work hard to protect, preserve and promote the importance of wetlands and their wildlife in this part of Northern Ireland, so that they can continue to be understood and enjoyed by many in the years to come. Nature-rich wetlands like the ones at Castle Espie can help combat today’s nature, climate, and mental health crises, through their ability to boost biodiversity, store carbon, prevent flooding, clean water and improve people’s wellbeing. We look forward to bringing the sights and sounds of the wetlands and spectacular views across Strangford Lough to viewers’ right across the UK.” BBC Autumnwatch 2021 will be broadcast on BBC 2 from Tuesday 26th October to Friday 29th October

New study shows allowing the sea back in could help UK meet  climate goals

New study shows allowing the sea back in could help UK meet climate goals

Findings demonstrate restored coastal saltmarsh, created through re-connecting the land to the sea, stores more carbon, faster, than forests

Ten years of ground-breaking project helps save spoonies from extinction

Ten years of ground-breaking project helps save spoonies from extinction

The critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, which acts as a ‘flagship’ species for the conservation of vital wetlands for migratory waterbirds along the East Asian-Australasian flyway, may yet be pulled back from the brink of extinction thanks part