Latest News & Advice

  • Trees where they belong
    Planting trees is very fashionable these days, and most people think it is good conservation practice. Aside from replacing what our ancestors felled, there is also a halo of virtue because of carbon capture and global warming. Like all such fashions, however, there are specific considerations that can make a big difference to how much good is being done.
  • How to deal with hedges
    GWCT research has shown that hedgerows are one of the most important features for farmland wildlife providing shelter, breeding sites and food resources for the majority of our farmland wildlife including birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants.
  • “You can make a difference to wildlife” Big Farmland Bird Count organisers tell the UK’s land managers ahead of 2022 event
    The UK’s farmers, gamekeepers and land managers are being urged to get involved in the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count from 4-20 February 2022, and make a crucial difference to wildlife.
  • New UK Red List for birds: more than one in four species in serious trouble
    The latest assessment of the status of all the UK’s 245 regularly-occurring bird species – Birds of Conservation Concern 5 – shows that 70 species are now of ‘highest conservation concern’ and have been placed on the assessment’s Red List.
  • Species Profile: Barnacle goose
    Barnacle geese are one of our smallest geese, with a wingspan of around 1.3m, weighing 1.7kg and an average lifespan of around 14 years.

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Lowland Case Studies

Lowland Case Studies

Browse our selection of case studies showcasing the vital work being undertaken by Working Conservationists in lowland areas across the UK.

Upland Case Studies

Upland Case Studies

Browse our selection of case studies showcasing the vital work being undertaken by ‘Moorland Conservationists’ in upland areas across the UK.

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Working Conservationists are private land managers pioneering wildlife-friendly management in a productive countryside. These conservation heroes have successfully integrated food production and recreation with the delivery of public goods including increased biodiversity, climate change mitigation and improvements in soil and water quality.

Though their work is often supported by agri-environment schemes, they volunteer additional funds and countless hours of their time to looking after UK wildlife. They come from a range of different backgrounds from across the UK, but all share a love of wildlife and the habitats they look after.

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