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World Land Trust in the News

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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  • 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”
    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 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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.


  • Broughton and Moule smash record in Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

    Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
    6 April, 2015

    RECORDS were broken this weekend as canoeists Lizzie Broughton and Keith Moule were the first ever mixed senior team to win the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, smashing the mixed team course record by almost an hour....

    ...TV presenter Steve Backshall and George Barnicoat completed the race in 23.17 – beating his previous attempt of 24 hours.

    Backshall has raised more than £22,000 for the World Land Trust to save rainforest in Colombia. His fundraising page is at

  • Steve Backshall, BBC Radio Suffolk Lesley Dolphin interview

    BBC Radio Suffolk
    1 April, 2015

    Steve Backshall talks to Lesley Dolphin about the Devizes Westminster kayak race, the work of World Land Trust and his experiences in the rainforest. Listen from 00:51 to 00.60. 

  • Steve Backshall and World Land Trust join forces

    The Paddler eZine
    30 March, 2015

    Steve Backshall and World Land Trust join forces to complete the longest non-stop canoe race in the world on 4th April 2015.

    TV Presenter and BAFTA-winning naturalist Steve Backshall has switched his Strictly Come Dancing shoes for a pair of paddles after joining forces with international conservation charity World Land Trust to attempt the longest non-stop canoe race in the world.

  • Darsham Nurseries Cafe supports World Land Trust in Halesworth for Meat Free Week.

    East Anglian Daily Times
    28 March, 2015

    Meat Free Week, which launched this week in the UK, aims to encourage people to think about the consequences of eating too much meat, while supporting charities associated with tackling those problems.

    World Land Trust, which is based in Halesworth, aims to protect biologically important and threatened habitats across the globe and has been selected as one of the beneficiaries because of the links between deforestation and meat production.

  • Strictly canoeing for TV's wildlife man Steve Backshall

    Maidenhead Advertiser
    28 March, 2015

    The Wooburn Green-based TV presenter, who starred on Strictly Come Dancing, is training for the gruelling event to fundraise with the World Land Trust.

    The race is 125 miles of the Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Thames finishing downstream of Westminster in Central London.

  • Guardians of the global climate

    Ecozine Magazine
    27 March, 2015

    The first time I saw the importance of forests interacting with the atmosphere was in the 1960s when I visited Portugal. As I approached the ancient town of Sintra, which is on a tree-clad hillside surrounded by farmlands, there was a foggy cloud hanging over it. Twenty-five years later, soon after I founded World Land Trust ( in 1989, I visited Belize and its tropical forests. Here it was abundantly clear that the forests were essential in maintaining water supplies.


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