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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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  • Killer pheasants

    The Times
    24 May, 2013

    Lindsay Waddell, chairman of the Gamekeepers Organisation (letter, May 22), is quite right in pointing out that "many of the factors that drove these subtle but substantive predator/prey relationships have broken down". But this is not an argument for exterminating the increasingly rare predators, but surely a very real argument for curtailing the release of an estimated 35 million pheasants and 6 million red-legged partridges into the wild every year.

    (A letter from John A Burton, Chief Executive World Land Trust, published in The Times)

  • Bill Oddie blasts HSBC over 'rainforest destruction'

    ITV News Website
    24 May, 2013

    Bill Oddie accused HSBC of funding the desecration of rainforests at the banking giant's annual general meeting.

    HSBC's board members were confronted by the 71-year-old birdwatcher and broadcaster over its links to firms operating in Borneo.

    (Bill Oddie is a World Land Trust supporter and has visited the Trust's rainforest conservation project in Borneo)

  • Sit To Make A Stand - The World Land Trust Deckchair Collection

    Southsea Deckchairs News
    15 May, 2013

    International conservation charity, World Land Trust has produced a deckchair collection in collaboration with University of Southampton's Winchester School of Art and Southsea Deckchairs. Each chair sold will enable World Land Trust to purchase and protect half an acre of threatened habitat forever.

  • Bill Oddie: Why I was chucked out of HSBC headquarters over Bankwatch film

    The Independent
    14 May, 2013

    For most of my life I have been a birdwatcher and a writer and performer of generally fairly frivolous shows. Two areas I have never been comfortable with – politics and finances. It is not that I am perversely not interested, it is that I don’t understand the language. However, one of the perks or pains of being a "public figure" - or even a "celeb" - is that I am often asked my opinion...

    (WLT Council Member Bill Oddie ponders "the minefield of dilemmas involved in 'exploiting' a country's natural resources" following a visit to Sabah in Borneo, arranged by World Land Trust)

  • Design for Life

    House and Garden
    11 May, 2013

    Last year, the World Land Trust, a charity described by David Attenborough as having 'more effect on the wild world than anything I can think of', collaborated with classic British deckchair company Southsea Deckchairs. They challenged surface design students at the Winchester School of Art to create a deckchair sling design that was inspired by an endangered creature: big cats, elephants, orang-utans, parrots or coral.

  • Camera traps show wealth of wildlife in Bolivia's threatened Beni savannah

    Wildlife Extra
    10 May, 2013

    A recent Glasgow University expedition to Bolivia's Beni savannah have produced important survey data on the birds and mammals of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve. The research teams also captured fascinating camera-trap footage including a great sequence of a Giant Anteater enjoying a nocturnal wallow.

    Read more on the Wildlife Extra website

  • Camera traps show wealth of wildlife in Bolivia's threatened Beni savannah

    Wildlife Extra
    7 May, 2013

    Recent Glasgow University expeditions to Bolivia's Beni savannah have produced important survey data on the birds and mammals of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve. The research teams also captured fascinating camera-trap footage including a great sequence of a Giant Anteater enjoying a nocturnal wallow. World Land Trust (WLT) is currently raising funds to extend Barba Azul Nature Reserve, an area of extraordinary biodiversity managed by WLT's Bolivian conservation partner Armonia.

    (The article describes the importance of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, the threats it faces and some of the species Glasgow University has recorded there using camera-traps)

  • Buying land to return it to nature

    Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal
    29 April, 2013

    Given the relentless pace at which wildlife habitat is being devoured by the march of development, some government agencies, non-governmental organizations and individuals have been trying to push back—by buying land and letting nature reclaim it.

    A recent exercise involved the purchase of 26 acres along the Thirunelli-Kudrakote wildlife corridor in the Wayanad district of Kerala that comes under the watch of the non-profit Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). In the past few months, camera traps have recorded three tigers crossing the corridor.

    The land was purchased by WTI with the help of the World Land Trust (WTL), IUCN-Netherlands and the Elephant Family to restore the degraded habitat and protect wildlife along the stretch.

    (The article discusses both the challenge of buying land in India with land costs surging, and also the struggle to strike the right balance between conservation and economic growth)

  • A rendezvous in the forest

    Wildlife Trust of India news stories
    27 April, 2013

    Nothing inspires me more than nature and its ways.

    Being a field officer with the Wildlife Trust of India, working for the securement of Wayanad (elephant) Corridor, I regularly walk down the corridor trying to track elephant herds using it. Supported by agencies like the Elephant Family, IUCN and the World Land Trust, we had managed to secure this corridor for elephants, and now we are assessing their use. 

    (Ramith M, Field Officer for Wildlife Trust of India, describes an encounter with a herd of elephants in the Eastern Ghats of India)

  • Zookeepers are taking the plunge to save gentle giants

    Hertfordshire Mercury
    19 April, 2013

    James, Carrie and Callum from Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne are taking the plunge and bungee jumping to raise money for the World Land Trust. The charity aims to pump vital resource into its 'Ecuador Rainforest Project' where the mountain tapir could face extinction in the next 20 years.

    (The bungee jump takes place on 21 June 2013; the 3 tapir keepers will be donating funds raised to World Land Trust, www.justgiving.com/takingthetapirplunge)

  • Life Guard: BIAZA Keepers of the Wild

    LifeLines
    15 April, 2013

    Funding from BIAZA members is supporting overseas conservation work in nature reserves in Armenia, Malaysian Borneo, Brazil, Mexico and Zambia. The reserves are owned by project partners of the international conservation charity World Land Trust (WLT), which is coordinating the BIAZA Keepers of the Wild project.

    (An overview of WLT's BIAZA Keepers of the Wild programme in LifeLines magazine for members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums or BIAZA)

  • Caught unawares

    BBC Wildlife Magazine
    9 April, 2013

    The winner of last year's BBC Wildlife Camera-Trap Photo of the Year competition attracted not a little controversy. We heard rumours suggesting that the shot - of a leopard traversing a path in China's Shuishui River Reserve - was doctored. And it's not hard to see why. This is a spectacular image: judge Mark Carwardine's comments described "gorgeous light, setting and pose - this image has it all". That it was captured by a camera-trap seems, frankly, incredible.

    Yet photos of this standard are now becoming the norm, and are increasingly crucial in conservation and ecology research. Whether you're a field researcher or a keen amateur, we want to see your best remote-camera images - and they could win you a £3,000 research grant or a Paramo jacket.

    (BBC Wildlife introduces the Camera-Trap Photo of the Year Competition 2013)

  • World Land Trust

    Halesworth Community News
    1 April, 2013

    Our staff and overseas partner organisations are continually working to purchase and protect land that faces imminent threat across the world, and in four countries we can still purchase vital land for £100 an acre...

  • Time to distinguish between charities and not-for-profits

    Third Sector
    26 March, 2013

    It is clear that many of the organisations that pay the most would not normally be considered as charities by most members of the public – nor, indeed, by many working in the charity sector. How can the Royal Opera House and other theatres paying exorbitant fees to performers be considered the same as an animal rescue centre reliant on volunteers and donations?

    (A letter from John A Burton, Chief Executive, World Land Trust, published in Third Sector magazine)

  • Cameras capture tigers trekking through wildlife corridor

    Yahoo! News
    24 March, 2013

    A camera trap has captured photos of two healthy tigers using a protected corridor in the Kerala province of southwest India this year, evidence that the pathway could help populations of the endangered animals...

  • Vote for the palkachupa cotinga. Vote for the world

    The Times
    23 March, 2013

    Vote, vote, vote for the palkachupa cotinga. How could you not? Your vote might be the one that tips the balance, that safeguards the future of something you have loved since you first became aware of it. Gather up your mouse and click, that cotingas might live.

    (Simon Barnes's Wild Notebook features the Palkachupa Cotinga)

  • World Land Trust tries to save rare cotinga

    BirdwatchNews
    16 March, 2013

    Palkachupa Cotinga was thought to have died out, but its rediscovery in 2000 has galvanised conservation efforts to save the species in Bolivia... World Land Trust is calling on supporters to vote for Palkachupa Cotinga. There is just a two-week window for voting, which started on Thursday 14 March 2013 and ends at noon on Thursday 28 March 2013.

  • Simon Barnes: Into the wild

    The Times
    16 March, 2013

    Many thanks to readers who responded to my piece about the Euro-leopard, better known as the Caucasian leopard, and sent generous donations to World land Trust to support the conservation project run there by an Armenian NGO called the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets. It's a project, incidentally, that operates from local goodwill, a few exceptional individuals and strong support from more developed nations.

    (Simon Barnes, Into the wild, final item)

  • Battle to save the Euro-leopard

    The Times
    2 March, 2013

    The great problem with European life is that there are not nearly enough cats. I don’t mean pussy-cats: I mean the big fierce ones that can kill you. Life is a great deal richer for the presence of enormous menacing felids. They add a touch of Tabasco to a morning stroll...

    (Simon Barnes features the Caucasian Leopard in The Times)

  • Jede Stimme zählt!

    Alpin, Das Berg Magazin
    1 March, 2013

    Ein Heim für Anden-Vögel: Im Nordwesten Boliviens liegt das 53 Hektar große Palkachupa Cotinga Nature Reserve. Die Savanne des Cerrados besteht bis zu 30 Prozent aus Wald mit vielen endemischen Pflanzen- und über 300 Vogelarten...

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