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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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  • Without a sky full of insects there's no sky full of birds

    The Times
    7 June, 2014

    Flock? This was more like a swarm. They were birds all right but they blackened the sky. Not just in their numbers but also in their busy-ness; each trying to fill as much sky as it possibly could as they skimmed, counter-skimmed, turned and curvetted above the water. And I was filled with joy and sadness.

    They were all birds you find in England, in Britain: swallows, house martins, sand martins and swifts, but in thoroughly un-English numbers. Numbers we've lost. I was in Amash, a great wetland area of Armenia, travelling as a council member of the World Land Trust with our excellent Armenian partner, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets.

  • The lammergeier, Europe’s most dramatic bird

    The Times
    7 June, 2014

    Europe’s most spectacular bird? Certainly the most dramatic. As a backdrop for its wonderfully dramatic self it invariably chooses the most dramatic locations in Europe, Africa and Asia: places where the land leaps madly towards the sky and you need four legs or a pair of wings to feel safe.

    I was with Manuk Manukian, cool dude and mountain ranger, up in the mountains of the Caucasus in Armenia. We reached the limits of usefulness for the 4x4 and clambered up a ravine towards a vertical wall. And then with a sense of drama so pronounced you could almost hear the bird shouting “Ta-da!”, it began.

  • British Birds grant supports wildlife protection in South Caucasus

    British Birds
    1 June, 2014

    During the winter of 2013/14, Eurasian Black Vultures Aegypius monachus were recorded in Armenia's Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR), which received a grant of £1,000 from BB in 2013. There were three sightings of Black Vultures in the CWR during the winter of 2013/14, including a group of ten recorded on 29th December.

  • Partnerships & Campaigns

    Fundraising Magazine
    1 June, 2014

    CAMPAIGN International conservation charity World Land Trust has raised £1m to save the rainforest home of orangutans and other endangered wildlife in the lower Kinabatangan floodplain of Borneo. The Borneo Rainforest Appeal was run in partnership with Hutan, a conservation NGO based in Sabah. It secures a strip of forest at risk from the expansion of oil palm plantations.

  • On the trail of Europe’s three-legged leopard

    The Times
    31 May, 2014

    This  is the column that supports the underdog. It also supports the under-leopard, and I’m proud to be reporting from the front line of the battle to ensure its continued existence. I’m just back from Armenia, where I’ve been visiting a cracking underdog project to safeguard the future of the Euro-leopard...

  • Halesworth charity raises £1 million to save rainforest home of orangutans

    EDP24 (Eastern Daily Press)
    17 May, 2014

    Halesworth charity World Land Trust (WLT) has raised one million pounds to save the rainforest home of orangutans and other endangered wildlife in the Lower Kinabatangan floodplain of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

    The announcement was made during a celebration of World Land Trust’s 25th Anniversary, “Saving Paradise: An Acre-by-Acre Journey”, which took place in London.

    Hosted by Sir David Attenborough, the evening event commemorated WLT’s success in protecting the world’s most biologically important habitats during the past quarter century.

  • Miko coffee funds rainforest protection

    The Guardian
    15 May, 2014

    Around €1m (£824,000) has been raised by consumers of Puro coffee, funding the protection of more than 15,000 acres of rainforest across six countries and leading to the discovery of several new species.

    Puro was created by Miko in 2004 and is a business-to-business brand that sources Fairtrade coffee.

    Recognising that protecting the rainforest and limiting climate change were as important to the future of coffee farming as farmers' livelihoods, the company joined forces with World Land Trust (WLT), a UK-based land conservation charity.

  • Golden hare artwork has its first showing

    Eastern Daily Press
    9 May, 2014

    For the first time, illustrations from the picture book Song of the Golden Hare, by Jackie Morris, are on display at the World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth.

    Ms Morris draws inspiration from the natural world and her works are filled with intimate details.

    “This is the first time the artwork for Song of the Golden Hare has been exhibited and it is the 25th birthday of this amazing charity that is based in Suffolk but works to protect wild habitats all around this small and precious globe of ours,” she said.

    Read the full article in Eastern Daily Press

  • In land we trust

    Wild Travel
    1 May, 2014

    As the World land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary, we look back at the story of this unique conservation charity, dedicated to preserving the world's most threatened habitats and the wildlife that calls them home.

    If you want to change the world, it's a good idea to do it step by step, fragment by fragment. Big steps aren't always sure-footed; small steps build up and multiply. This is very much the ethos of the World Land Trust, founded 25 years ago, and best known for its policy of buying up land acre by acre, for conservation.

  • Novel way to promote green issues

    Oxford Mail
    10 March, 2014

    She wants the character to become a female Indiana Jones. But Oxford author Sigrid Shreeve is hoping her debut novel will have a more hard-hitting message about the importance of protecting our environment.

    She has published her novel Jabujicaba under the pen name Rosa Da Silva and said: “I’m an environmental campaigner and over the years the messages have become so negative. Don’t do this, don’t use your car, don’t eat that. People are bombarded with negativity.

    “As an experiment I wanted to see if I could have some fun while engaging people.” 

    When the book goes on sale, all of the proceeds will be donated to World Land Trust projects in the Amazon rainforest. 

  • Poachers kept at bay as emeralds go green

    The Times
    1 March, 2014

    Is writing a form of action? It certainly feels like one. But is it really an avoidance of action? When you’re writing about the Olympic 100 metres final, as I have done quite a few times, you’re working your socks off, all right — but at the same time it’s pretty clear that you are sitting down while Usain Bolt is travelling at the speed of light.

    A sportswriter can’t claim to be part of the action in quite the same way as the people on sport’s front line. So what about conservation? Is writing in support of wildlife, biodiversity, bioabundance and sustainability a form of action? Or am I still on the wrong side of the touchline? 

  • Experiencing the Wild Chaco in keynote address

    Contacto Paraguay
    11 February, 2014

    The lecture was given by Nick Baker, a popular British television presenter and environmentalist, who words for the BBC, Animal Planet and National Geographic, who recently visited our country specifically to find out abou the Paraguayan Chaco.

    Baker spent 6 days in the Chaco, accompanied by a team from World Land Trust, an international organisation promoting environmental protection, conservation organisation Guyra Paraguay, and Wild Paraguay.

  • Thetford otters star in Suffolk art exhibition

    Eastern Daily Press
    11 February, 2014

    An exhibition at the World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth looks at the great diversity of the animal kingdom with a special focus on otters which are now regularly seen in the Thetford area.

  • Nick Baker will talk about his experience in the Chaco

    abc
    6 February, 2014

    The British presenter and naturalist Nick Baker, whose programme airs on the Animal Planet channel, will host a talk on his experiences in the Paraguayan Chaco. The event entitled 'Experiencing the Wild Chaco' will be at 19:30 at the Theatre of the Americas Paraguayan American Cultural Center.

    From January 31, Baker is touring the Chaco with professionals from Guyra Paraguay, director of World Land Trust, John Burton, and Dr Iain Barr, a professor at the University of East Anglia. The aim of the expedition is to learn more about the area which is so important, so diverse and so threatened. 

  • Well-known British naturalist visits the Chaco

    abc
    1 February, 2014

    The well-known television presenter and environmentalist Nick Baker is touring the Paraguayan Chaco, where he will give a talk about his experience in the environmental field.

    Baker, who works for the BBC, National Geographic and Animal Planet, regretted the fact that the Chaco is becoming an exclusively cattle area, to the extent that it is now the region with the highest rate of deforestation in the world, according to a report by the organisation Guyra Paraguay.

  • Famous British naturalist visits the Chaco

    abc
    31 January, 2014

    The famous British naturalist and TV presenter Nick Baker is visiting the Chaco, accompanied by representatives of World Land Trust, Guyra Paraguay and the Wild Paraguay television programme.

    Over the next few days they will be visiting various nature reserves, private and public, after which Baker will be giving a talk 'Experiencing the Wild Chaco' in the capital Asunción.

  • Thetford otters feature in exhibition at WLT gallery, Halesworth

    Iceni Post
    29 January, 2014

    Creatures Great & Small, the current exhibition at World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth celebrates the diversity of the animal kingdom, with a focus on otters, which are now regularly seen in Thetford in Norfolk. 

  • Cotswold visitors' donations fund conservation work

    Witney Gazette
    22 January, 2014

    Conservation charities have become the first projects to benefit from donations to the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme.

    The scheme was launched last year by the Cotswold Conservation Board to raise funds through voluntary donations from tourists to go towards landscape and environmental projects in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

    The Cotswolds Rivers Trust, which is based in Shipton-under-Wychwood, and the World Land Trust have used the grants for wildlife habitat restoration. 

  • Grants given to help conservation efforts of the Cotswolds' natural environment

    Gloucestershire Echo
    7 January, 2014

    Efforts to help save the natural environment in the Cotswolds have been given a boost.

    Two conservation charities, the Cotswolds Rivers Trust and the World Land Trust, have been given £500 grants each for the work.

    It is the first payouts from the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme awards, which was launched last year.

  • The Euro-leopard is thriving — but we must continue to protect it

    The Times
    28 December, 2013

    Regular readers of this space will be familiar with the Euro-leopard. A few months back, I was asking if there really were still leopards left in what might with charity be called Greater Europe. As all geographers know, if it enters the Eurovision song contest it counts as Europe, so Armenia is European and if there are any leopards left there, they are Euro-leopards...

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