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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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  • 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.

  • The squeeze on many charities is due to contracts and compliance

    Third Sector (Letters Page)
    26 March, 2015

    One thing that is apparent to me, having run charities for nearly 40 years, is that bureaucracy is now at such a level that many charities are going to eat up a disproportionate amount of income on compliance. The levels of compliance required will depend on what sort of charity you are, but to be fully compliant with all the legislation requires significant staffing levels.

    A letter to Third Sector from John Burton, Chief Executive of World Land Trust

  • Time Out Meat Free Week The Grainstore

    Time Out
    23 March, 2015

    Bruno Loubet, Jose Pizarro and Francesco Mazzei will cook up a feast you'd never expect to see in a high-end London restaurant – one that is completely meat-free. Guests will be treated to a Chase Distillery cocktail, canapés, three specially concocted vegetarian courses and a Grain Store dessert in celebration of Meat Free Week. All profits from the evening will be donated to Beating Bowel Cancer, Compassion in World Farming and World Land Trust. Book in advance on the event page or by emailing

  • Hunger TV Meat Free Week feature

    Hunger TV website
    23 March, 2015

    By taking the Meat Free Week challenge, you promise to go without meat, (yep that includes seafood you pesky pescetarians), for seven days, raising money to support the Meat Free Week movement as well as for one of three leading charities – Beating Bowel Cancer, Compassion in World Farming, and World Land Trust.

  • Telegraph Meat Free Week

    The Telegraph newspaper and website
    21 March, 2015

    Meat Free Week keeps 30 per cent of the funds raised, but the rest goes to the fund-raiser’s choice of one of three charities: World Land Trust, Compassion in World Farming and Beating Bowel Cancer. Each addresses one of the downsides of excessive meat consumption: damage to the environment, poor animal welfare and human health problems.

  • John Burton Meat Free Week Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview

    ABC- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    19 March, 2015
  • Bill's commitment and humour make the world a better place

    Eastern Daily Press
    10 March, 2015

    Down to London for a council meeting of the World Land Trust, a wildlife conservation organisationbased in Halesworth, Suffolk. It's a chance to do a bit for the cause and also to raise a glass with Bill Oddie. Bill is a fellow council member and the man who reinvented wildlife television.

  • Working with the World Land Trust, Sevenoaks School Sixth Form has saved 10 acres of threatened land

    Kent Online
    9 March, 2015

    Sevenoaks School have raised £1000 for the World Land Trust (WLT), as every 100 distinctions earned by sixth form pupils earns the trust £100 to purchase and protect an acre of threatened habitat.

    The students have saved 10 acres, which is the equivalent to 4 hectares, since the initiative was launched by the school in January 2013.

  • Jamie Magazine, Meat Free Week

    Jamie Oliver Magazine
    4 March, 2015

    Meat Free Week 2015: "I'm a passionate meat lover but I fully support Meat Free Week- it's a wonderful excuse to focus on the incredible bounty, flavours and colours of veggies. I'm average 2-3 meat free days a week and I'm loving it." Jamie Oliver

    Full story in Jamie Magazine March-April edition.


  • Meat Free Week- Go veggie for a week

    Delicious magazine
    1 March, 2015

    Meat Free Week, whcih launches in the UK 23-29 March, is one for your diary...

    ...You can also raise money during the week for the three charities involved: Beating Bowel Cancer, Compassion in World Farming and World Land Trust.

  • The sex lives of slugs - and other mysteries of the animal kingdom

    National Geographic website
    22 February, 2015

    It’s been a great adventure. The World Land Trust is a charity that works close to where I live in the east of England. They finance land purchases but don’t actually own any land. They buy land on behalf of highly motivated, cash-strapped NGOs, mostly in the developing world. I’ve been able to visit and write about fantastic projects in Belize, Paraguay, Brazil, and India. I'm recently back from Armenia, where I’ve been working on a project that's attempting to save the leopard that still hangs on at the rim of Europe. Before that I was in Borneo attempting to save the orangutans.

    Simon Barnes is a World Land Trust Council member, and has visited many conservation areas funded by WLT

  • TV action man Steve Backshall to take on endurance kayak challenge for Suffolk charity

    East Anglian Daily Times EA Life
    21 February, 2015

    Fresh from the Strictly ballroom, TV naturalist, real-life action man and mums’ favourite Steve Backshall is preparing to take part in an endurance race in aid of a Suffolk-based charity. He told Sheena Grant why.

  • Sunderkhal villagers to be relocated from Corbett

    Times of India (Dehradun Edition)
    29 December, 2014

    A British NGO, World Land Trust has collaborated with Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) to relocate villagers of Sunderkhal area situated in the Chilkiya-Kota corridor of Corbett Tiger Reserve. The NGO is going to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the wildlife department in this regard.

    Sunderkhal is a village where several people have fallen victim to tiger attacks in the past one year. Corbett Tiger Reserve has highest population of tigers in any protected forest in the world.

  • Real-life Paddingtons in peril

    Daily Mail
    1 December, 2014

    They're from darkest Peru, do VERY hard stares and are almost as adorable as the childhood favourite. But they're facing a not-so happy ending... 

    They’re bears all right, and they come from darkest Peru - but they’re very seldom found on Paddington Station wearing a luggage label that says: ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’

    But there are some excellent conservation projects in place. One is an area of cloud forest that belongs to the Segundo y Cajas community in - where else? -  darkest Peru.

    It’s run by Naturaleza y Cultura Peru, with support from the British-based World Land Trust. Here there is important work on looking after the cloud forest and its inhabitants. And the spectacled bear is probably the star.

  • Shooting match: The great grouse debate

    Wildlife Extra
    10 October, 2014

    Following a recent debate on the impact shooting has on wildlife conservation, hosted by the World Land Trust at the Royal Society in London, two leading figures, Chris Packham and Andrew Gilruth, from each side put forward their views.

    Chris Packham, Naturalist and Broadcaster

    I am not an idealist. I don’t understand the need to kill anything for pleasure myself and the thought is abhorrent to me, but I do understand other people have that sense/need. If I could snap my fingers together and all shooting would stop I would, but I am a pragmatist and that will never happen. So we need to work together; we need to find a way where both interests can prosper...

    Andrew Gilruth, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

    These wonderful moors exist because generations of moor owners have not taken huge grants from successive governments to drain them, fence them, plant conifers on them, carpet them with sheep and cover them with roads and tracks. They did so because they loved these wild places and the occasional chance to shoot grouse. This heather moorland, of the sort maintained by grouse shooting, is one of the rarest habitat types and we should treasure it...


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