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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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  • Use a little Will Power - and help QualitySolicitors Norton Peskett build a better world

    Community News
    3 October, 2014

    Local solicitors firm, QualitySolicitors Norton Peskett, is showing it cares by donating its fees for Wills to charitable causes during the month of November 2014.

    Clients who wish to make a Will can choose for the costs of their Will to be passed to one of the following causes:

    To help raise funds for our local Churches within the Blyth Valley Team Ministry...

    To help raise funds for World Land Trust, an international charity based in Halesworth which protects the world's most biologically important and threatened habitats...

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

    The Guardian
    1 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gudgin meets Gower

    Radio Norfolk
    3 September, 2014

    Matthew Gudgin meets former England cricket captain David Gower, who was in Norwich for a charity event.

  • 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. 

  • BIAZA News Buy an Acre surpasses goal

    BIAZA Newsletter
    1 September, 2014

    BIAZA’s Buy anAcre was launched in February in partnership with international conservation charity World Land Trust (WLT) to help protect habitat and species in the SierraGorda Biosphere Reserve in Central Mexico.

  • World Land Trust’s Controversial Conservation Debate: 'Killing Other Peoples’ Birds’ with Chris Packham

    Time Out
    21 August, 2014

    As you'll have noticed from the carefully placed quotation marks, this event is not about murdering feathered friends in the company of a TV naturalist, but rather a debate featuring Packham on the subject of the persecution of protected birds. Writer and scientist Mark Avery and the World Land Trust's founder John Burton will also be on the panel, with the discussion covering the social and envronmental impact of hunting in the modern world. Book in advance.

  • Cameras in the wild waiting patiently for moment that makes a masterpiece

    The Times
    9 August, 2014

    Scientifice projects the world over are invited to enter our competition for the best image taken by photographic trap, Simon Barnes writes.

    If an infinitude of monkeys with an infinitude of typewriters must inevitably write Hamlet, how many automatic cameras do you need to produce a masterpiece of the photographic art? Actually quite a lot fewer than infinity. In fact, they do it all the time: the random masterpiece is the everyday stuff of the camera-trap.

    The camera-trap was created as a tool for naturalists: a machine that can tirelessly watch a trail for days and weeks at a time, faithfully recording any creature that passes that way.

  • 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.

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