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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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  • David Attenborough backs £1m project to save Bengal tiger

    The Guardian
    2 October, 2014

    A £1m project to save tigers and stop them eating people is to be launched on Wednesday with the backing of Sir David Attenborough. An entire village in India will be relocated as part of the scheme, which conservationists forecast will create the most densely packed population of tigers in the world.

    Seven people have been killed by tigers in four years in an area which divides one of the animal’s last strongholds, the Corbett tiger reserve, from the Ramnagar forest in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India.

    Conservationists now intend to buy a corridor of land to provide tigers and a host of other threatened animals, including elephants, safe passage from the reserve to the forest where they will have space to spread out and build up numbers. The corridor is an ancient route used by wildlife to move between forests but they are increasingly in conflict with people who now live on the strip of land along a river.

    The UK charity the World Land Trust (WLT) is leading the programme in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of India and on Wednesday launches a fund-raising campaign for the tiger and other big cats which face extinction. 

  • Conservationist Bill Oddie visits Banham Zoo to appeal for donations to save the habitats of big cats

    Eastern Daily Press
    30 September, 2014

    TV conservationist Bill Oddie visited Banham Zoo yesterday to lend his support to a campaign to save endangered big cats around the world.

    The writer, who has presented the wildlife shows Springwatch and Wild In Your Garden, helped to put the spotlight on the World Land Trust’s (WLT) Big Cat Big Match Fortnight, which aims to raise £500,000 to save cats on the brink of extinction in the wild, such as tigers, pumas and jaguars.

    The aim of the initiative, which is being held during the first two weeks in October, is to raise £250,000, which is being match funded by the charity’s supporters, bringing the total to £500,000.

    “Part of the benefit of this initiative is a certain reassurance that there are people doing good things instead of doing bad things. Working with and for animals can bring out the best in people,” he said.

  • Wild at heart

    Waitrose Weekend
    18 September, 2014

    Chris Packham's hair may have been tamed over the years, but the natural history presenter still wants to set the world on fire. He tells Rick Lyons how he'll do it...

  • Springwatch host Chris Packham says hunters should be allowed to shoot deer and mink for a fee

    The Mirror
    9 September, 2014

    Television nature presenter Chris Packham has advocated allowing hunters to control deer and mink populations by introducing a ‘shoot for a fee’ policy.

    The Springwatch personality insists the logic behind the plan would aid conservation and says he personally 'abhors the idea of killing animals for fun'.

    However, Packham, who is is currently working with the World Land Trust conservation charity, said: “Some areas would benefit from a reduction in deer or American mink because they have no natural predators and cause notable damage.

    “I could see a creative partnership between the conservationists and the shooting fraternity.”

  • Nick Baker at Halesworth Arts Festival

    Eastlife
    8 September, 2014

    Nick Baker will be sharing his enthusiasm for weird and wonderful creatures of the world at an evening performance hosted by World Land Trust (WLT) during Halesworth Arts Festival at The Cut.

    Join Nick on Friday 24 October at 7.30pm to find out about the weird creatures he has encountered on his travels to remote corners of the globe and why he is so fascinated by them. Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures promises to be a great event, suitable for all ages including families and children.

  • 'Let hunters kill deer and mink for a fee,' says TV naturalist

    The Independent
    7 September, 2014

    TV naturalist Chris Packham is working on controversial plans to marry the apparently opposing interests of conservationists and the shooting fraternity by opening up areas overpopulated with deer, of which four of the UK's six species are non-native, and American mink – and let hunters kill them for a fee.

  • David Gower’s tales of cricket and wildlife at Norwich event

    EDP 24
    4 September, 2014

    Former England cricket captain David Gower was at Blackfriars’ Hall to reflect on a lifetime’s love of cricket and wildlife as part of a tour to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Land Trust, of which he is a patron.

    Sharing the stage with the renowned batsman, and asking the questions, were sport and wildlife journalist Simon Barnes and television presenter Bill Oddie.

    All three work closely with the World Land Trust to promote its work across the globe to protect important habitats and wildlife.

  • Trio share passion for wildlife at event

    Eastern Daily Press
    4 September, 2014

    A shared passion for wildlife and sport brought three personalities together for an evening of anecdotes and witticisms in Norwich last night.

    Former England cricket captain David Gower was at Blackfriars' Hall to reflect on a lifetime's love of cricket and wildlife as part of a tour to mark the 25th anniversary of World Land Trust, of which he is a patron.

  • Cricket legend David Gower reveals a lifetime’s passion for sport and wildlife ahead of Norwich visit

    Eastern Daily Press
    2 September, 2014

    Best known as a former England cricket captain, David Gower has also had a lifelong passion for wildlife. Reporter David Bale talked to him ahead of his visit to Norwich tomorrow night, when he will be promoting the World Land Trust and reflecting on a lifetime’s passion for sport and wildlife. 

  • Measure up to help save the planet

    EADT Suffolk Magazine
    1 July, 2014

    Green-fingered folk across the county can help save some of the world’s most threatened habitats and species simply by donating their garden as part of the Great Garden Give – a new fundraising campaign from Halesworth-based conservation charity World Land Trust.

  • Wild at heart

    BBC Wildlife Magazine
    1 July, 2014

    For Bill Oddie, a trip to Armenia provides an unwelcome reminder of what conservationists are up against.

    ... we were taken ... to a national park that reminded me of Wales. There was a pretty woodland, flowers and butterflies, and a fast-flowing stream with anglers fishing, children paddling and families picnicking.

    However, the gatekeeper wouldn't let us in. He repeated the Armenian version of "More than my job's worth" several times, while our hosts made some rather terse phone calls until we were allowed to join the picnickers. Why the caution?

    We drove to another reserve where the gates were even higher, heavier and more lavishly locked. The elderly gatekeeper's English vocabulary was restricted to "No", " Can't" and "Permit"...

     

  • Plotting to save the rainforest

    Daily Telegraph
    28 June, 2014

    As you would expect, Bill Oddie tells a good story. I was still chuckling at his tale of being intimately body-searched for emeralds in Zambia, when he launched into an animated account of the night he found himself sharing a hut in Patagonia “with a randy guanaco”. These indignities took place while visiting some of the projects funded by World Land Trust (WLT)...

    WLT has its office in deepest Suffolk, and it was there that I met him and WLT founder John Burton as they were preparing to launch a new campaign called the Great Garden Give. This is a campaign very close to my heart, not only because it combines two of my passions, gardens and rainforests, but also because, as Bill says: “It gives gardeners an opportunity to connect to the bigger picture, and really affect what happens on the other side of the earth.” 

  • Armenian Dreaming

    Nicola Davies' blog
    20 June, 2014

    Driving up the steep red-rock track to the FPWC eco centre lodge on Caucasus Wildlife Refuge near the village of Urtsadzor, in the dry mountains of central Armenia, was like arriving on the set of a spaghetti western: the light was harsh and the rocks were stacked like giant building blocks 2000m high. I expected Sergio Leone to appear at the top of ravine at any moment. The landscape looked as if the rigors of the minus 32 degree winters and the plus 40 summers had simply leached the colour out of it. The dry slopes appeared denuded and the rocky heights bleached into the pale sky.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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