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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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  • This parrot is on the edge, but there’s hope it won’t be an ‘ex’

    Lowestoft Journal
    26 August, 2017

    A north Suffolk-based charity’s immense contribution to global nature conservation was illustrated last week with a visit to its headquarters of two leading South American naturalists – and success in its appeal to help prevent a critically endangered macaw becoming an ex-parrot.

    The hugely effective Halesworth-based World Land Trust funds partner organisations around the world to create and nature reserves and protect habitats and wildlife and its latest success has been raising its target £20,000 to help the Bolivian Asociacion Armonia’s innovative blue-throated macaw project.... The trust announced that its £20,000 target for the project had been reached, with the news coinciding with a visit to the charity’s Blyth House headquarters in Halesworth of Asociacion Armonia’s executive director Bennett Hennessey and fellow South American conservationist Germanico Barrios, of the trust’s partner in Guatemala FUNDAECO.

  • Body Shop announces £2m 'bio-bridges' scheme to protect endangered rainforest wildlife

    Independent
    4 July, 2017

    A £2m scheme to create 10 new “bio-bridges” which link up areas of rainforest to help wildlife has been launched by the Body Shop.

    The global scheme aims to protect and regenerate 10 corridors between wildlife hotspots by 2020 to connect isolated and endangered animals and plant species and allow them to breed and thrive.

    It comes after the company worked with conservationists on schemes in Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, helping species such as orangutans, tigers and monkeys, and is in addition to its commitment to protect 75 million square metres of habitat by 2020... The company has worked with the World Land Trust on several bio-bridges.

    Bill Oddie, broadcaster and ambassador for the World Land Trust, said: “Bio-Bridges!? What, like the one they were going to build over the Thames? No, much more useful than that, and a little more remote."

  • Canopy campout: Environmentalists scale Tasmania's tallest trees to raise funds for threatened rainforests

    ABC News
    26 June, 2017

    Tasmanian environmentalists have joined a global campaign to spend their Saturday night perched in some of the state's best-known tree tops.

    Over 40 "canopy campouts" were held worldwide to raise funds and awareness for threatened rainforests around the world, and particularly in Borneo.

    Participants in Tasmania gathered at two locations — in the Frankland River forest in the Tarkine region on the state's north-west, and on Kunanyi/Mount Wellington in Hobart, in a Eucalyptus regnans, which is recorded as the world's second-tallest tree species and Australia's tallest, as well as being the world's tallest flowering plant.

    Those taking part braved the elements, with sub-zero temperatures hitting overnight.

  • Fancy sleeping in a hanging tent in Cornwall?

    Pirate FM
    26 June, 2017

    Fancy sleeping from a hanging tent in the rainforest?

    Well that is what one group of scientists spent Saturday night doing in Cornwall.

    They slept in tents suspended from the roof of the Eden Project's Rainforest Biome to help raise money for conservation in Borneo.

    The group, who specialise in the science of the rainforest canopy, were sleeping in the Biome in special illuminated hanging tents, known as portaledges, as part of the Big Canopy Campout.

    The Big Canopy Campout saw climbers, adventurers and researchers camp in forests around the world last night to raise money for the charity World Land Trust to buy a piece of rainforest along the Kinabatangan River in North Borneo.

  • Sleep height: canopy campers snooze in the sky at the Eden Project

    Pro-landscaper magazine
    26 June, 2017

    A team of top scientists spent Saturday night in tents suspended from the roof of the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome to help raise money for conservation in Borneo.

    The group, who specialise in the science of the rainforest canopy, were sleeping in the Biome in special illuminated hanging tents, known as portaledges, as part of the Big Canopy Campout.

    The Big Canopy Campout saw climbers, adventurers and researchers camp in forests around the world to raise money for the charity World Land Trust to buy a piece of rainforest along the Kinabatangan River in North Borneo.

  • Just hanging around...

    The Cornish Times
    26 June, 2017

    A team of top scientists spent Saturday night in tents suspended from the roof of the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome to help raise money for conservation in Borneo.

    The group, who specialise in the science of the rainforest canopy, were sleeping in the Biome in special illuminated hanging tents, known as portaledges, as part of the Big Canopy Campout.

    The Big Canopy Campout saw climbers, adventurers and researchers camp in forests around the world to raise money for the charity World Land Trust to buy a piece of rainforest along the Kinabatangan River in North Borneo.

  • Eden Project in St Austell allows Planet Earth crew to sleep in tents hanging from biome roof

    Cornwall Live
    25 June, 2017

    Planet Earth filmmakers camped in tents suspended from the roof of Eden's biome this weekend to raise awareness of a campaign to save the endangered Borneo rainforest.

    The crew worked on BBC's Planet Earth 2 in Borneo and on the award-winning iguana and snakes sequence in Galapagos. 

    The Big Canopy Campout last night (June 24) saw climbers, adventurers and researchers camp out in forests around the world to raise money for the charity World Land Trust to buy a piece of rainforest along the Kinabatangan River in North Borneo.

    At Eden the team slept overnight in illuminated tents suspended from the ceiling of the rainforest biome high over the tropical canopy and were joined by rope access professionals.

  • Children try to pull a Land Rover along - to save the rainforest

    Plymouth Herald
    23 June, 2017

    Heave! Youngsters from a Torpoint nursery and infant school put their backs into a money raising event to save the rainforest.

    Children aged five, six and seven years from Torpoint Nursery and Infant School recently took part in a sponsored 'pull-a-Landrover' session after learning how rainforests around the globe were at risk of destruction and the terrible consequences for flora and fauna.

    Headteacher Elisabeth Carney-Haworth said after learning about the rainforests and the importance of their eco-systems during lessons, the children wanted to try to save as much of the rainforest as possible.

    Working with World Land Trust, whose patron is Sir David Attenborough, the children found out they could purchase an acre of rainforest for each £100 they raised.

  • Bird Race Challenge 2017: Was that a Hen Harrier?

    BirdGuides
    17 May, 2017

    "Did you see it?"

    I did. A ghost of a bird — too pale for a Marsh Harrier, clearly the wrong shape for a gull … Could it have been the mythical 'Skydancer'? No, no, I was assured. A pale Marsh Harrier maybe, but not the bird I've only ever seen stamped on profile pictures across Twitter — a male Hen Harrier.

    We couldn't stay any longer to check anyway, as we were on a time-constrained mission. Maybe we'd speak to the landowner, nature writer Simon Barnes, on Monday and see if he'd had any sightings there recently, but for now it was time to get back in the car and head for our next destination, for we were taking part in the Bird Race Challenge — and were 'only' on 87 species.

    The Bird Race Challenge gives you and your team 24 hours to try to see as many species as possible. It is ultimately a test of how well you know your 'patch' and an intense exam of bird identification — both sight and sound ID counts, but everyone in your team has to see (or hear) it … and agree.

  • Rare Parakeets Benefit From Reserve Expansion

    Nat Geo Voices
    10 May, 2017

    In good news for several globally threatened bird species including El Oro Parakeet, the nonprofit conservation group Fundación Jocotoco, with the support of American Bird Conservancy (ABC), Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), World Land Trust (WLT), and other donors, has secured critical habitat and expanded its Buenaventura Reserve in Ecuador.

    The reserve is the sole protected area for the Endangered El Oro Parakeet, which numbers fewer than 1,000 individuals and is found only on the western slope of the Andes in southwestern Ecuador. The area also provides wintering habitat for migratory birds that nest in North America, such as Blackburnian Warbler.

  • Letter from Attenborough stops bridge building proposal

    BBC Wildlife
    3 May, 2017

    David Attenborough helped change the minds of local government officials regarding plans to build a highway bridge in Malaysian Borneo.

    The bridge, often referred to as the ‘Sukau bridge’, would have been built across the Kinabatangan River and Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Sabah.

    “I am immensely pleased to hear that plans to build a bridge over the Kinabatangan River at Sukau have been cancelled,” said Attenborough.

    A number of conservationists had raised concerns over the bridge due to its potential to increase the isolation of groups of endangered mammals and environmental damage that could be caused during construction.

  • David Attenborough’s ‘Guardian headline’ halts Borneo bridge

    The Guardian
    21 April, 2017

    Officials in Borneo have cancelled plans to build a bridge across the Kinabatangan river, after warnings from Sir David Attenborough and other conservationists that it would gravely endanger pygmy elephants, orangutans and many other jungle species. The news comes just weeks after the Guardian revealed Attenborough’s opposition to the project.

    Attenborough originally sent a private letter to the chief minister of the state of Sabah, Musa Aman, in September 2016. Last month, with signs pointing to the bridge still going ahead, the Guardian published excerpts from the letter. The authorities in Borneo have described Attenborough’s now-public opposition as the final blow to the project.

    “I am immensely pleased to hear that plans to build a bridge at Sukau have been cancelled,” said Attenborough, who is a patron of the World Land Trust, which has saved forest in the Kinabatangan area. “This region is recognised worldwide as being a vital enclave for threatened wildlife, and it is indeed good news that the safe passage of orangutans, pygmy elephants and other endangered wildlife will not be threatened by the bridge and all that would have come with it. The decision will [also benefit] the local people who welcome visitors who come to see the wonderful biodiversity of their forests.”

  • Sir David Attenborough stops rainforest home of elephants and orangutans being destroyed

    Express
    21 April, 2017

    Sir David Attenborough has stopped a wildlife paradise for endangered pygmy elephants and orangutans from being destroyed by bulldozers.

    The legendary television presenter's pleas to prevent a road being driven through the Bornean rainforest that has created a special place close to his heart have saved the precious wilderness.

    Building a road bridge across the Kinabatangan River and Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Malaysian Borneo would have isolated the small groups of orangutan and elephant that survive in the remote forests.

    Other wildlife would have also suffered during the heavy construction work, leading Sir David to make a heartfelt plea to the chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah, warning of the "significant negative effects" the road bridge would have on wildlife.

    It has now been announced that Sir David's letter, written in his capacity as a patron of the World Land Trust (WLT) and campaigning by fellow conservationists have won the day.

  • Bill Oddie backs Big Charity Bird Race to re-create 1980s’ spirit of fun and fundraising

    East Anglian Daily Times
    14 April, 2017

    Bill Oddie’s reflection sparkled in the gleaming trophy that is a silver symbol of a golden age of birdwatching.

     quirky Holy Grail of the birding world, the unique silverware is an icon of the outstanding ornithological richness of Norfolk and Suffolk.

    Broadcaster Mr Oddie, a lifelong birdwatcher, sat just inches from it at a table in the Halesworth headquarters of the global conservation charity the World Land Trust. He was tantalisingly close to the trophy he never won despite several attempts during what is regarded by many as the heyday of British “bird racing” - the now-legendary Big Bird Races of the early 1980s that were centred on the two great East Anglian birding counties.

    Now, Mr Oddie is supporting a re-run of the race for the trophy – an inspired idea that aims to recreate the spirit of those manic, exhausting but fun-filled whirlwinds of birdwatching in which his team from the Flora and Fauna Preservation Society (ffPS) was up against a Country Life magazine team. The four members of each team hurtled around Suffolk and Norfolk on an allotted day in May, heading for far-flung, well-known hot-spots such as RSPB Minsmere and RSPB Titchwell, Benacre and Walberswick national nature reserves and Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes, as well as lesser known sites that hosted difficult-to-get species and which were kept secret from the opposing team. The aim was to see or hear more species of bird than the opponents in a 24-hour period.

    With mass media attention and big-business sponsorship, the madcap marathons raised thousands of pounds for nature conservation causes – and the re-creation that will take place in May will hopefully do the same, albeit with a distinctly more environmentally friendly twist. A World Land Trust team will be competing against a Big Bird Race Challenge foursome, hoping to raise £15,000 for a conservation project in Bolivia to help the critically endangered blue-throated macaw, whose total population is thought to be down to about 250 birds.

  • David Attenborough attacks plan for Borneo bridge

    The Guardian
    2 March, 2017

    David Attenborough and Steve Backshall have joined conservationists and charities asking the Borneo government to reconsider a bridge that threatens one of the last sanctuaries of the rare pygmy elephant.

    There are now just 1,500 of the world’s smallest pachyderm, according to WWF, and about 300 of them make their home in the 26,000-hectare Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, in the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. But construction teams have begun preparatory work for a bridge that will cross the Kinabatangan river which weaves through the region. The area is also home to critically endangered orangutans, proboscis monkeys, clouded leopards, gibbons, sun bears, pangolins and thousands of other jungle species, and hosts a thriving eco-tourism industry where travellers can view wildlife from boats on the river or while hiking into the forests.

    Attenborough, known globally for his wildlife documentaries and conservation work, rarely intervenes in domestic planning issues. But he has written to the chief minister of the region, arguing that the plan will harm already embattled wildlife populations and create a new barrier for migrating Bornean elephants. Listed as endangered by the IUCN, they require large areas of habitat for foraging and many fear that the increasingly fragmented populations will lead to genetic problems.

    “I have had many encounters with the magnificent and unique species with which your state is blessed,” Attenborough wrote. “If this construction is allowed to go ahead, I am left in no doubt that the bridge will have significant negative effects on the region’s wildlife, the Kinabatangan’s thriving tourism industry and on the image of Sabah as a whole.”

  • Sir David Attenborough stars in new music video to save planet Earth

    Daily Express
    28 February, 2017

    The 90 year old iconic broadcaster's wise words can be heard in an epic soundtrack about fighting for vanishing wildlife and landscapes.

    Television's most recognisable dulcet tones were famously added to the opening scenes of Adele's Hello video when Sir David appeared on a BBC Radio 1 show in November 2015, but now he has a starring role to campaign about his favourite issue: saving the planet.

    Sir David features in the opening scenes of composer Sarah Class' upcoming single 'I Will Fight' to promote the work of the World Land Trust.

  • Steve Backshall and Helen Glover to take part in Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

    Wiltshire Times
    28 February, 2017

    Wildlife TV presenter Steve Backshall and his wife, Olympic champion rower Helen Glover, are to kayak 125 miles non-stop from Devizes to the Houses of Parliament at Westminster in the classic DW race this Easter.

    Backshall is a World Land Trust patron and they are racing to raise funds to protect a section of rainforest in Malaysian Borneo, saving it from being cut down to make way for oil palm plantations.

    By doing this they hope to safeguard a wealth of threatened wildlife found there, such as proboscis monkey, Bornean pygmy elephant, the Bornean orang-utan and sunda pangolin, the latter both classified as critically endangered.

  • Brazilian forest area has been saved to celebrate the Rio Olympics

    Discover Wildlife
    25 August, 2016

    A tract of Atlantic Forest near Rio de Janeiro has been rescued and renamed the Olympic Forest Reserve to commemorate Great Britain’s most successful Olympics yet.

    The world’s attention has been focused on Rio during the 2016 Olympic Games, but although many of Britain’s athletes have now returned to UK shores, their success at the Olympics leaves behind an important legacy. 

    Thanks to the World Land Trust’s (WLT) Olympic Forest Appeal, 221 acres of Atlantic Forest has been saved from deforestation, safeguarding the forest's rich array of flora and fauna, which boasts a greater biodiversity than even the Amazon Rainforest.

  • The Cerro Blanco Protected Forest recovering after 2 decades

    www.ppdigital.com
    8 August, 2016

    In 1992 the Cerro Blanco Protected Forest just had an area of ​​2,000 hectares. Of that, 638 were transformed into pastures, due to logging and forest fires.

    Eric Horstman, Director of Fundacion Pro-Bosque notes that after 24 years the ecosystem recovered. Currently has 6,078 ha, of which 50 would be missing work How did? The team of the Pro-Forest Foundation, through the Forest Restoration Program planted 423,500 trees. This was carried out between 2008 and 2010...

    ..."In 1992 there were no trees, but the woods today have 1,000 of them per hectare, ie, more than 600,000 plants." He says reforestation crystallized with the contribution of $ 350,000 from the environmental organization in UK, World Land Trust; and $ 250,000 awarded by an Ecuadorian company.

  • The Body Shop launches bio-bridge project in Vietnam

    Saigon Times
    28 July, 2016

    UK-based cosmetics and skincare brand The Body Shop has launched the project ‘Help Reggie find love” to raise funds for the first bio-bridge project at Khe Nuoc Trong in the central coast province of Quang Binh...

    ...Together with the World Land Trust, The Body Shop is aiming to restore 75 million square meters of forest bio-bridges by 2020.

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