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World Land Trust (WLT) and its network of partners carries out innovative conservation work that is regularly featured in local and national media. This page displays a selection of news articles featuring WLT, ranging from our work to conserve threatened habitats and species to our high profile events.

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  • World Land Trust helps Fundacion ProAves in Colombia buy vital land for rare birds

    Wildlife Extra News
    13 July, 2015

    The World Land Trust (WLT) has made a donation from its Action Fund to help the Fundación ProAves save important habitat in Colombia for the rare Santa Marta Parakeet....

  • David Attenborough and me: an inspirational journey of a lifetime

    The Independent
    11 July, 2015

    There is no one quite like the world's greatest living naturalist. And long before Barack Obama felt the Attenborough effect, there was Simon Barnes...

    ...Attenborough and I were in the Lin-Soc's superb double-decker library, attending another conservation do, this time for the World Land Trust...

    ...Attenborough's influence made me attempt a book about the entire animal kingdom. And because of him, I have been in quite a lot of jungles, as a council member of the World Land Trust. The patron of this fine organisation is of course Sir D, who else? WLT buys up land that's important for wildlife, but they don't own an inch of it. It's bought on behalf of cash-strapped wildlife NGOs in the developing world. I've visited projects in Brazil, Belize, India, Borneo, Zambia and Armenia. So when WLT ask me to do something, I jump. I jibbed on one just occasion. "No no no no – this is wrong. I'm not doing it. I'm absolutely not speaking after David Attenborough. I'm speaking before."

    But I wasn't. They insisted. I had to step up and speak out for wildlife conservation and do so after David had done his stuff. A guitarist coming on after Jimi Hendrix would have been less intimidated. So I attempted to make a virtue of this predicament.

  • Britain's Prince Is Raising Funds To Save Asian Elephants In India

    Huffington Post
    2 July, 2015

    The Asian elephant has a new champion — Britain's Prince Charles...

    ...Five conservational NGOs, including Wildlife Trust of India, Elephant Family, International Fund for Animal Welfare, IUCN Netherlands and World Land Trust, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to raise around 20 million pounds to create 100 elephant corridors in India by 2025.

  • UK auto-rickshaw auction raises funds to save Asian elephant

    The Tribune India
    2 July, 2015

    Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have launched an ambitious fund-raising drive for conservation of Asian elephants in India with a royal auction of auto-rickshaws in London...

    ...The auction was preceded by the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to raise around 20 million pounds to create 100 elephant corridors in India by 2025 as part of the Asian Elephant Alliance, comprising of five conservational NGOs including Wildlife Trust of India, Elephant Family, International Fund for Animal Welfare, IUCN Netherlands and World Land Trust.

  • Jumbos get the royal treatment

    Times of India
    2 July, 2015

    Guwahati: Elephants in the country, fast losing their right to safe passage, received assistance from royal quarters on Tuesday with Prince Charles offering to help secure jumbo corridors in the northeast and elsewhere in the country.

    The Prince of Wales hosted a fundraiser at Lancaster House in London on Tuesday and five conservation organizations — Elephant Family, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Netherlands, World Land Trust and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) — signed an MoU to raise £20 million to secure 100 elephant corridors in the country, including in the northeast, by 2015.

  • Chris Packham: 'We seem to live in cull culture'

    Birdwatching Magazine
    1 July, 2015

    ... Our interview has been arranged by World Land Trust, of which Chris is a patron. It is an international conservation charity that protects the world's most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre. 

    Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves and provide permanent protection for habitats and wildlife.

    Chris is an eager champion. "This is an example of intelligent 21st Century conservation. Its model and business plan are very well executed and they do what it says on the tin. I'm dissatisfied with many of our so-called wildlife charities and I don't think they are entirely honest in what they do or say."...

  • Intl conservation bodies to raise 199 cr for elephants

    Business Standard
    1 July, 2015

    Five international conservation organisations have signed an MoU to raise Rs 199 crore for securing 100 elephant corridors in India by 2025... 
     

    ...Besides WTI, Elephant Family, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), IUCN Netherlands and World Land Trust are part of the commitment to raise funds in the light of increasing fragmentation of forests and rising human-elephant conflict in India. 

  • Steve Backshall on what he loves most about the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire countryside

    Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life
    8 June, 2015

    For once Steve Backshall is closer to home – so Jo Neville caught up with the worldwide explorer to discover why he loves our countryside...

    ...Time spent on the river isn’t just a relaxing hobby. During March he trained for the gruelling DW Race to raise money for World Land Trust which protects rainforests from illegal logging. Held over the Easter weekend, The DW Race is a 125 mile kayak race from Devizes to Westminster that competitors aim to complete in under 24 hours. With his race partner George Barnicoat, an Oxford Brookes sports coaching student, Steve completed the race within the time limit, an experience he describes as ‘23 hours and 17 minutes of hell’. He has however, raised up to £50,000, enough to save an area of Colombian rainforest the size of Monaco.

  • Independent on Sunday's Happy List 2015 : Ten household names

    The Independent
    7 June, 2015

    Sir David Attenborough

    The inimitable 89-year-old naturalist steadfastly highlights the dangers of denying climate change, and campaigns to save critically threatened habitats with the World Land Trust. "Let us all rise to the challenge: reduce our impact on the environment and vest any cash we have in saving what is left of the world’s wild spaces."

  • "On my first day as a professional cricketer, I arrived in my mum's 1963 Ford Anglia"

    AOL.co.uk
    20 May, 2015

    Here, he talks about his first days as a professional cricketer, why he was once almost accosted by an American waiter, and the reason why he believes HMRC is a "morally reprehensible" organisation.

    When my parents left Africa, the last thing we did was a tour of the Serengeti and the northern Tanzanian game parks. So, one of my abiding passions stemming from those early days, which I do as much as I can, is safari and wildlife conservation. That's one of the reasons I'm a patron of the rainforest charity, World Land Trust...

    ...David Gower supports the World Land Trust, the international conservation charity which protects the world's most biologically important and threatened habitats.

    Visit www.worldlandtrust.org/supporting/donate to make a donation.

  • Penrith Printer Presented with Oak Laurels

    Cumbria Crack
    13 May, 2015

    In recognition of its leading role in Green Printing and off-setting its carbon outputs, Cumbria’s largest printer H&H Reeds Printers of Penrith has been awarded an oak tree.

    Demonstrating their commitment to re-cycling H&H Reed’s carbon balanced printing is provided by international conservation charity, the World Land Trust (WLT). Paper is supplied by a print organisation, which has also mapped its operational carbon footprint. H&H Reed’s paper folding machinery cuts down on wasted paper by 60 per cent, and consumes less energy. Metal printing plates are recycled; as are vegetable-based inks.

  • Steve Backshall: 'My starting pay with the BBC was bonkers'

    The Telegraph website
    9 May, 2015

    Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall talks about his pitiful starting wage, his guilt-driven addiction to work and how free flights stoked a love of adventure.

    Do you give regularly to charity?

    Yes. I recently raised £50,000 for the World Land Trust to buy a big chunk of rainforest in Colombia and protect it. I try and give a hefty proportion of my free time to my charities. I am president of Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trusts and vice-president of several others.

  • Image of the day: Chris Packham

    Curious Animal
    8 May, 2015

    Chris Packham’s photos will be showing as part of World Land Trust’s exhibition Watching Spring: a celebration of the season, running from May 7 to June 20 at the WLT Art Gallery in Suffolk, UK. For more information, visit www.worldlandtrust.org

  • Field conservation support

    BIAZA Annual Report
    6 May, 2015

    BIAZA’s relationship with theWorld Land Trust went from strength to strength during 2014. This represented the fourth stage of our relationship with a return to providing funding for buying reserves. We ran Buy an AcreMexico from February 2014 until the end of the year.

    Many of our members participated in fundraising activities and the BIAZA office undertook the Chilli Challenge of finding 100 Mexican items within a day in London. In total BIAZA and itsmembers raised over £23,000 for the fund allowing purchase not just of land for the reserve, but also of camera traps for monitoring the wildlife within the reserve.

    In 2015 the relationship with theWorld Land Trust will continue, with a new project partner in Argentina. The success of the relationship with theWorld Land Trust has inspired us to investigate the potential of a similar partnership focusing on native species and habitats. We have been in discussion with theWildlife Trust during the year and are looking to roll out the partnership to the BIAZA membership during the first half of 2015. At the start of the year BIAZA continued its foc

  • Students protect Ecuadorian rainforest

    Redditch & Alcester Advertiser
    5 May, 2015

    STUDENTS from St Augustine's Catholic High School raised enough money to protect one quarter of an acre of a rainforest in Ecuador in just 24 hours.

    The rainforest is protected through World Land Trust, who have projects throughout the world.

  • Endangered Species at MYA Gallery

    The Telegraph website
    30 April, 2015

    An exhibition at the MYA Gallery in London features striking work by artists from around the world showing animals under threat of extinction.

  • TV Presenter completes the longest non-stop canoe race in the world raising over £45k

    Charity Today
    23 April, 2015

    TV Presenter Steve Backshall and his paddling partner George Barnicoat completed the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race in April, raising more than £45,000 for international conservation charity World Land Trust (WLT).

  • 60 Seconds with Steve Backshall

    Metro
    15 April, 2015

    You raised money for World Land Trust what does it do?

    It's an organisation that buys chunks of rainforest around the world so that they can be protected- the trees can't be cut down and the animals can't be poached. It seemed like a good way of making a tangible difference. We're trying to protect a section of rainforest in Colombia.

    Is there a lot of illegal logging in Colombia?

    Yes, and it's a massive problem. The patch of forest we're looking at is one of the most exciting and biodiverse in the world. It has an amazing amount of wildlife that is only found there. It has the most poisonous animal on Earth, the golden dart frog, which is the size of your thumb and has enough poison in its skin to kill ten people, and it's only found there.

    How bleak is this situation?

    It's very serious. There are initiatives to make sure that the timber that comes into the UK is certified and comes from sustainable sources-that isn't the case for other countries around the world. Eighty per cent of Borneo's forest has gone in my lifetime. Colombia has a lot of legal and illegal logging and poaching. Lots of forest is laid waste and used for growing crops, and getting rid of the trees leads to soil erosion.

    Is there any reason to be optimistic about environmental issues?

    People are much more aware, are taking more responsibility for their actions and are thinking how we treat the planet. In the late 1990s things were very bleak- things were happening at an incredibly fast rate and people were unaware of it. Now people are willing to make changes. I work with young people and they are very aware we're overfishing our seas, the world's losing its sharks, we're destroying rainforests. They know about plastics in the sea and they're working on an enormous array of projects- things like banning plastic bags that end up floating around the sea killing turtles and certifying where timber comes from.

    For further details on World Land Trust and to donate to the project in Colombia visit worldlandtrust.org

  • Watching Spring WLT Gallery Exhibition

    East Anglian Daily Times - Our Town - Halesworth
    14 April, 2015

    The World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth hosts several exhibitions throughout the year and their next one promises to be something special. Watching Spring, which opens on Thursday, May 7 and ends on Saturday June 20, will be run in conjunction with BBC2's Springwatch and features photographs and artwork of everything that makes the season beautiful. This includes birds, flowers, landscapes and much more.

    The exhibition will also feature photographs from Springwatch presenter Chris Packham. Although best known as a TV presenter; Chris began his career behind the camera. He trained as a wildlife film cameraman and is now one of the UK's leading wildlife photographers. “Observing wildlife is an art in itself, and my photography is inspired by the many intimate details of wildlife that I have been privileged to witness,” he said.

    With this exhibition he can combine his two passions of wildlife and photography, while also supporting World Land Trust, which he is a patron of. “I'm delighted that this exhibition is happening at Worldl Land Trust Art gallery during the next series of Springwatch, when public attention will be focused on RSPB Minsmere and wildlife local to the reserve.”

  • Steve Backshall on Radio 4 Midweek

    Radio 4 - Libby Purves Midweek
    8 April, 2015

    Steve Backshall discusses the DW kayak race and his passion for the natural world, as well as his upcoming book.

    Steve Backshall is a wildlife presenter and adventurer. During his career he has been charged by elephants, endured the stings of hundreds of bullet ants and encountered a hostile hippopotamus in South Africa. He also led the first ascent of Mount Upuigma in Venezuela, the first ascent of the North Face of Mount Kuli in Borneo, and explored new cave passages in New Britain and Sarawak. He is on tour to promote his novels, the Falcon Chronicles. The Falcon Chronicles are published by Orion Children's Books.

     

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