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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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  • Thetford otters feature in exhibition at WLT gallery, Halesworth

    Iceni Post
    29 January, 2014

    Creatures Great & Small, the current exhibition at World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth celebrates the diversity of the animal kingdom, with a focus on otters, which are now regularly seen in Thetford in Norfolk. 

  • Cotswold visitors' donations fund conservation work

    Witney Gazette
    22 January, 2014

    Conservation charities have become the first projects to benefit from donations to the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme.

    The scheme was launched last year by the Cotswold Conservation Board to raise funds through voluntary donations from tourists to go towards landscape and environmental projects in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

    The Cotswolds Rivers Trust, which is based in Shipton-under-Wychwood, and the World Land Trust have used the grants for wildlife habitat restoration. 

  • Cry havoc and let's skip the hawks of war

    The Times
    11 January, 2014

    .,. I was at a recent council meeting of the World Land Trust in which it was agreed that we should set up a conservation project in Iran. Of course we bloody well should: conservation is one of the great arts of peace. I only wish it was funded as lavishly as the arts of war.

  • Grants given to help conservation efforts of the Cotswolds' natural environment

    Gloucestershire Echo
    7 January, 2014

    Efforts to help save the natural environment in the Cotswolds have been given a boost.

    Two conservation charities, the Cotswolds Rivers Trust and the World Land Trust, have been given £500 grants each for the work.

    It is the first payouts from the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme awards, which was launched last year.

  • The Euro-leopard is thriving — but we must continue to protect it

    The Times
    28 December, 2013

    Regular readers of this space will be familiar with the Euro-leopard. A few months back, I was asking if there really were still leopards left in what might with charity be called Greater Europe. As all geographers know, if it enters the Eurovision song contest it counts as Europe, so Armenia is European and if there are any leopards left there, they are Euro-leopards...

  • Endowment to protect portion of Atlantic Forest in Paraguay

    Global Conservation Fund
    19 December, 2013

    Eastern Paraguay’s Reserva Guyra Reta in the San Rafael Forest — an important source of fresh water, and home to the Mbyá-Guaraní people and globally threatened species — will benefit from a $1 million endowment fund established by Conservation International’s (CI) Global Conservation Fund (GCF), the World Land Trust (WLT) and Paraguayan NGO Asociación Guyra Paraguay (Guyra). The San Rafael Fund for Biodiversity Conservation will be managed by WLT to cover the costs of Guyra’s work protecting this important private reserve for the long term. 

  • Helping the dormouse down the corridor to recovery

    The Times
    9 November, 2013

    Two important questions. Why is a raven like a writing desk? And why is a dormouse like a tiger? I was asked to address both issues recently in the heart of East Anglia as one of the speakers at Alice in Wonderland Meets the Jungle Book, an evening about conservation at local and global level.

  • There's more than one side to the countryside

    The Times
    2 November, 2013

    I'm up on a platform talking about such things as connectivity next week. I shall be trying to link dormice and elephants. It's part of an evening called "Alice in Wonderland Meets The Jungle Book", supporting both Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the World Land Trust at the Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth.

  • Calls for action at Controversial Conservation debate

    Wildlife Extra
    25 October, 2013

    Issues that are rarely discussed outside conservation circles were raised publicly at Controversial Conservation, a debate held by World Land Trust (WLT) at the Royal Society.

    With threats to the world's biodiversity coming from every quarter, and new threats looming daily, WLT decided it was high time to bring some of the issues to the table, despite the fact that there is resistance to discussing many of them.

  • Class act

    East Anglian Daily Times
    21 October, 2013

    Musician and composer Sarah Class is a woman in demand. At only 34 years old she is already one of Britain's most sought-after musical talents, whose hauntingly beautiful and evocative compositions have helped bring to life many of the nation's favourite natural history documentaries...

    Read the full interview by Sheena Grant in EA Life

  • Don't demonise palm oil to save orang-utans

    New Scientist
    21 October, 2013

    The palm-oil industry is often vilified for the plight of orang-utans – but mud-slinging won't save them, argues primatologist Isabelle Lackman.

  • Ipswich: Fuller Davies celebrates green accolade

    EADT 24
    20 October, 2013

    Fuller Davies, based in Ipswich, has achieved Carbon Balanced Publication Printer status, which involves offsetting carbon emissions through the World Land Trust (WLT) in partnership with PaperlinX, for the second year.

  • Big Match news

    The Times
    19 October, 2013

    Further news on the Big Match appeal, in which Times readers contributed with such glorious generosity to the World Land Trust project for a major wildlife corridor in Borneo, a highway for orang-utans and pygmy elephants that links fragments of forest.

  • Chris Packham: threaten China to stop trade in endangered species

    The Times
    15 October, 2013

    Britain should threaten to stop buying cheap goods from China unless it agrees to clamp down on the illegal trade in body parts of endangered species, the wildlife presenter Chris Packham has said.

    He urged George Osborne, the Chancellor, to use his trade mission to China to demand that it stop exploiting tigers and rhinos and “hoovering birds out of the sea” off the Africa coast.

    Speaking at the Royal Society in London at a debate organised by the World Land Trust, a conservation charity, he said: “Wouldn’t it be good if George said to his Chinese delegates ‘we would like to buy more of your almost impossibly cheap goods but only if you do something about the importation of rhino horn and tiger bone’.”

  • Packham says saving pandas could be "waste of money"

    CBBC Newsround
    14 October, 2013

    Wildlife expert Chris Packham has questioned whether too much money is being “wasted” on trying to save pandas from extinction.

    The Autumnwatch presenter told Newsround it's time to rethink conservation projects that put large amounts of money into saving a small numbers of high-profile animals. 

    Packham made the comments as he prepares to host an event called "Controversial Conservation: a World Land Trust debate", at the Royal Society, London on Monday. 

  • Let cute animals die for the greater good, urges Packham

    i newspaper
    14 October, 2013

    Environmental campaigners should stop wasting money trying to save “totemic symbols of cuteness” such as the giant panda and focus instead on more pressing political conservation issues, the wildlife presenter Chris Packham has said.

    In an impassioned plea ahead of a major debate at the Royal Society on Monday night, the patron of the World Land Trust said Britain had traditionally ignored the political challenges of conservation, choosing instead to focus on the plight of popular animals.

  • Received with Thanks

    The Times
    12 October, 2013

    The generosity of Times readers is helping to conserve the Borneo rainforest

    The first rule of public speaking applies to writing too. If you cannot flatter the audience at least be sure to pay them due respect.

    Both sentiments are appropriate this morning because of the response of readers of The Times to an appeal made last week by Simon Barnes (who follows up this week with his thanks) to support a crucial wildlife corridor along the Kinabatangan River in Borneo, which could help to turn back the destruction of the rainforest.

  • 100,000 thank-yous from the rain forest

    The Times
    12 October, 2013

    Wild Notebook: an amazing response from Times readers

    Thank you — readers of The Times, readers of this column, I thank you as profoundly as writer ever thanked reader. It’s a great enough gift just to have my damn stuff actually read by real people out there in the real world, but I must now thank you for a still greater gift, and I’m humbled, bemused, marvelling — and quite shatteringly grateful.

  • Big Match Fortnight for World Land Trust: buying a corridor to save orang-utans

    Frontier's Gap Year Blog
    11 October, 2013

    Habitat loss as a result of deforestation is putting Orangutan populations under serious threat. Forests are being torn down for farming and land is being tarnished by illegal and unsustainable logging. The sporadic, random nature of the deforestation is making life difficult for these red creatures: as the forest becomes steadily more fragmented, so do the populations of orangutan, who become isolated in pockets of forest. Orangutans have been forced into small, separate groups and this is having a detrimental effect upon their genetic health and impacting negatively upon the survival rate of the species.  

  • Geoff Lye: Connecting islands of life

    Geoff Lye's Blog
    7 October, 2013

    On Saturday morning, I read an article by Simon Barnes. Under the headline ‘Let’s buy the orang-utan a slice of Paradise’, he describes an ambitious project of the World Land Trust (WLT) to raise £1 million by 16 October. My goal is to help achieve that by my 64th birthday next Monday. My best birthday present would be to take to next month’s Heart of Borneo conference the news that the WLT’s project had succeeded in raising the funds to bridge between islands of pristine rainforest through newly purchased and protected ‘corridors’ of forest. Until 16 October, WLT benefactors have committed to match fund any donations.


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