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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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  • From otters to anteaters: where there's a will there's a wetland

    The Telegraph
    7 September, 2013

    On the edge of the great Pantanal wetlands in South America lies a sprawling and diverse nature reserve... What's more, more than 8,000 acres of it were funded by a legacy left to World Land Trust (WLT) by Suffolk businessman Sid Templer.

    The article appeared in Remember a Charity: Your 16-page guide to charitable giving in the the UK and abroad, distributed with The Daily Telegraph

  • Flick and Son Coast & Country Autumn 2013

    Flick and Son Coast & Country
    1 September, 2013

    World Land Trust

    Something of great international importance is going on in a modest but historic fifteenth century house in Bridge Street, Halesworth, for this is the headquarters of World Land Trust.

    Founded in 1989, WLT was based on a simple (but at the time novel) idea that £25 would buy and protect an acre of rainforest. Since its pioneering campaign in Belize WLT has raised funds to save more than half a million acres of land in some 20 countries (real acres, in real countries), ensuring the survival of many threatened species including jaguar and Spectacled Bear, and many rare primates and birds.

    Tropical forests play an essential role in life on Earth: they stabilise and purify water supplies, regulate weather systems and provide shelter for pollinating insects. And they help counteract global warming. Why is this such important work? Because we are at last coming to realise that everything in nature is interdependent-including humans. By preserving the natural environment, whether in our own back gardens or on the other side of the world, we are preserving ourselves.

    WLT provides work in Halesworth for twenty-five people, a carbon-offsetting programme, and a wonderful gallery which puts on changing exhibitions of wildlife and landscape art that reflects the Trust's commitment to nature conservation and the preservation of rare and endangered species.

  • Tiger tiger burning bright . . . but only just

    The Times
    31 August, 2013

    I looked up as the train stopped at a station and saw a tiger. Beside the tiger, the words The Times. And that was it, or all that I took in that brief glance. An enigmatic advertisement, one that appropriated to The Times the qualities of the tiger: bold, beautiful, known to all, but still not without mystery...

    Well, if The Times is going to exploit the tiger then the tiger should exploit The Times, so here's the current state of play. There are probably fewer than 2,500 mature tigers left in the wild world: a decline of 50 per cent over the past three generations of tigers - that is to say, about 25 years.

  • Southsea Sit to Make a Stand deckchair

    Financial Times
    17 August, 2013

    Gift Guide: Each deckchair sold will enable the World Land Trust to purchase and protect hald an acre of threatened habitat forever. Available online.

  • Green Style Blog: Sit To Make A Stand

    Vogue website
    6 August, 2013

    Jeweller Dominic Jones has enlisted the help of friends Bonnie Wright, Phoebe Collings James and Clara Paget to model - as it were - the fruits of a collaboration between the World Land Trust and Winchester School of Art: their take on Southsea Deckchairs, inspired by the trust's international conservation work.

  • Toff at the top until nurture took its course

    The Times
    2 August, 2013

    I was sitting in The Angel in Halesworth, Suffolk, with friends from the World Land Trust talking wildlife and conservation shop when a little sport drifted into the conversation. You know how it does. So I talked a bit about Andy Murray, and expressed my admiration for the way relentless work and first-class organisation by many people — especially Murray — brought him those three significant victories inside a year.

  • Caucasian leopard caught on camera - just

    Wildlife Extra
    23 July, 2013

    Leopards are elusive animals at the best of times but in the vicinity of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) it has been eight years since one had been seen. If it hadn't been for traces of hair and a scat found in the CWR and proven to belong to a Caucasian Leopard, we might still be wondering if they really did exist.

  • BB grant to the World Land Trust

    British Birds
    22 July, 2013

    A BB grant of £1,000 has been awarded to the World Land Trust for use in Armenia. It will be passed to the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) in the Khosrov IBA Buffer Zone Reserve. This Important Bird Area has no fewer than 21 species of breeding raptors, including Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, Eurasian Black Aegypius monachus and Egyptian Vultures Neophron percnopterus, Short-toed Circaetus gallicus and Lesser Spotted Eagles Aquila pomarina

  • Wildlife at heart

    Financial Times
    22 July, 2013

    For the seaside, rooftop or garden, the deckchair is a summer staple – although not always a stylish one. So this limited-edition charitable collaboration from an unlikely trio – international conservation charity World Land Trust, the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art and Southsea Deckchairs – is a welcome arrival on the scene.

  • A leopard is alive, well and living in Europe (just)

    The Times
    20 July, 2013

    Wild Notebook: If the Euro-leopard is to survive, we must keep open the corridors that connect leopard to leopard.

    A leopard has been spotted — please share my delight in the double-meaning — running wild in Europe. Its image has been caught by a camera trap lurking in the darkness, a black and white picture, black and charcoal grey, really, but unmistakably a leopard. Or more precisely, unmistakably a leopard’s tail.

  • We need to end myths about the sector and internships

    Third Sector
    9 July, 2013

    Paul Murphy's comment (25 June, page 15) perpetuates the myth that there is a legal category for interns, and also wrongly assumes some sort of consistency in the sector's treatment of them.

  • Sit to Make a Stand

    County & Town House
    1 July, 2013

    World Land Trust has produced a collection of deckchairs with Southampton University and Southsea Deckchairs (£150 each). Each sale enables the charity to protect half an acre of threatened habitat.

  • Conservation at the sharp end

    The Times
    29 June, 2013

    Faithful readers of this column will remember the recent tale of the rainforest research station that was torched and destroyed by people who oppose the work of the conservation organisation Guyra Paraguay. Many generous people responded to the piece with donations to the organisation. Rainforest matters to us all. And so, for that matter, does courage. 

  • Cyclists clock up 60 miles for charity

    East Anglian Daily Times
    27 June, 2013

    A group of cyclists have completed an energy-sapping challenge. The 12 fundraisers saddled up for a 60-mile bike ride beginning and ending in Halesworth to raise money for conservation chrity World Land Trust, which is based in the town.

  • Camera-trap records subspecies of Brown Bear in Armenia

    Wildlife Extra
    20 June, 2013

    May 2013. Recent camera-trap footage from the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge has recorded a Syrian Brown Bear and highlights the importance of camera-traps for monitoring wildlife and informing conservation strategies.

    A camera-trap has recently captured rare footage of a Syrian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos syriacus), a subspecies of Brown Bear native to Eurasia. This is an important recording as there may be just one or two bears in the reserve and the Red Data Book of Armenia lists them as vulnerable.

  • Town's floral entry looking back in time

    Eastern Daily Press
    19 June, 2013

    A town with a strong floral tradition is preparing to enter this year's Anglia in Bloom competition. Halesworth was once the home of William Hooker, the first director of the world famous Kew Gardens, and his son Joseph, a renowned botanist and explorer during the 19th Century.

    Halesworth in Bloom is launched today and a portfolio of activities is being prepared for the Anglia in Bloom judges' first visit on July 5, which includes the renewal of the Hookers' memorial garden by the war memorial near St Mary's Church.

    Conservation charity The World Land Trust is seeking approval for a major new feature to be unveiled soon on their premises near to Hooker House.

  • Featured Video: Rare Syrian Brown Bear caught on camera

    19 June, 2013

    New camera-trap footage from the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge in Armenia, has captured rare footage of a Syrian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos syriacus), a subspecies of Brown Bear native to Eurasia. This is an important recording as there may be just one or two bears in this reserve and the animals are listed as vulnerable in Armenia. The exact population of this subspecies is unknown and likely to be declining due to poaching, habitat destruction and diminishing sources of food in the wild.

  • Kelly Jacobs Blyth Valley Community Radio interview
    17 June, 2013

    Kelly Jacobs was invited to talk about World Land Trust and its activities during Sylvie’s Magazine Show (Sylvia Jagger) on Blyth Valley Community Radio

    (19 min 34 sec)

  • Featured Video: Giant anteater wallowing and scratching like a dog

    30 May, 2013

    Scientists have recently taken rare and incredible footage of a giant anteater with a camera trap in the Barba Azul Nature Reserve of Bolivia. This footage captures a giant anteater wallowing in a pit of mud.

  • 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)


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