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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Golden hare artwork has its first showing

    Eastern Daily Press
    9 May, 2014

    For the first time, illustrations from the picture book Song of the Golden Hare, by Jackie Morris, are on display at the World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth.

    Ms Morris draws inspiration from the natural world and her works are filled with intimate details.

    “This is the first time the artwork for Song of the Golden Hare has been exhibited and it is the 25th birthday of this amazing charity that is based in Suffolk but works to protect wild habitats all around this small and precious globe of ours,” she said.

    Read the full article in Eastern Daily Press

  • In land we trust

    Wild Travel
    1 May, 2014

    As the World land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary, we look back at the story of this unique conservation charity, dedicated to preserving the world's most threatened habitats and the wildlife that calls them home.

    If you want to change the world, it's a good idea to do it step by step, fragment by fragment. Big steps aren't always sure-footed; small steps build up and multiply. This is very much the ethos of the World Land Trust, founded 25 years ago, and best known for its policy of buying up land acre by acre, for conservation.

  • Novel way to promote green issues

    Oxford Mail
    10 March, 2014

    She wants the character to become a female Indiana Jones. But Oxford author Sigrid Shreeve is hoping her debut novel will have a more hard-hitting message about the importance of protecting our environment.

    She has published her novel Jabujicaba under the pen name Rosa Da Silva and said: “I’m an environmental campaigner and over the years the messages have become so negative. Don’t do this, don’t use your car, don’t eat that. People are bombarded with negativity.

    “As an experiment I wanted to see if I could have some fun while engaging people.” 

    When the book goes on sale, all of the proceeds will be donated to World Land Trust projects in the Amazon rainforest. 

  • Poachers kept at bay as emeralds go green

    The Times
    1 March, 2014

    Is writing a form of action? It certainly feels like one. But is it really an avoidance of action? When you’re writing about the Olympic 100 metres final, as I have done quite a few times, you’re working your socks off, all right — but at the same time it’s pretty clear that you are sitting down while Usain Bolt is travelling at the speed of light.

    A sportswriter can’t claim to be part of the action in quite the same way as the people on sport’s front line. So what about conservation? Is writing in support of wildlife, biodiversity, bioabundance and sustainability a form of action? Or am I still on the wrong side of the touchline? 

  • Thetford otters star in Suffolk art exhibition

    Eastern Daily Press
    11 February, 2014

    An exhibition at the World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth looks at the great diversity of the animal kingdom with a special focus on otters which are now regularly seen in the Thetford area.

  • Experiencing the Wild Chaco in keynote address

    Contacto Paraguay
    11 February, 2014

    The lecture was given by Nick Baker, a popular British television presenter and environmentalist, who words for the BBC, Animal Planet and National Geographic, who recently visited our country specifically to find out abou the Paraguayan Chaco.

    Baker spent 6 days in the Chaco, accompanied by a team from World Land Trust, an international organisation promoting environmental protection, conservation organisation Guyra Paraguay, and Wild Paraguay.

  • Nick Baker will talk about his experience in the Chaco

    6 February, 2014

    The British presenter and naturalist Nick Baker, whose programme airs on the Animal Planet channel, will host a talk on his experiences in the Paraguayan Chaco. The event entitled 'Experiencing the Wild Chaco' will be at 19:30 at the Theatre of the Americas Paraguayan American Cultural Center.

    From January 31, Baker is touring the Chaco with professionals from Guyra Paraguay, director of World Land Trust, John Burton, and Dr Iain Barr, a professor at the University of East Anglia. The aim of the expedition is to learn more about the area which is so important, so diverse and so threatened. 

  • Well-known British naturalist visits the Chaco

    1 February, 2014

    The well-known television presenter and environmentalist Nick Baker is touring the Paraguayan Chaco, where he will give a talk about his experience in the environmental field.

    Baker, who works for the BBC, National Geographic and Animal Planet, regretted the fact that the Chaco is becoming an exclusively cattle area, to the extent that it is now the region with the highest rate of deforestation in the world, according to a report by the organisation Guyra Paraguay.


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