Website description and/or address

BirdWatch Ireland


British Trust for Ornithology

The BTO operates using professionals and volunteers and both in isolation and in co-operation with conservation agencies and universities. A summary of work undertaken in relation to wetlands can be found on their website.



Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Constructed Wetland Association (CWA)

A resource of information on constructed wetlands and reed beds.


Constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment


English Heritage

Importance of wetlands to archaeology

Great Fen project

This aims to restore 3000 hectares of fenland habitat, primarily through linking Holme Fen and Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserves in Huntingdonshire

Humber Wetland Project

Study conducted for English Heritage investigating archaeological sites within the wetlands of the Humber estuary http://www2.hull.ac.uk/science/waerc.aspx

International Mire Conservation Group

IMCG is an international network of specialists who

(a) promote, encourage and, where appropriate, co-ordinate the conservation of mires and related ecosystems;

(b) and enhance the exchange of information and experience relating to mires and factors affecting them. The network encompasses a wide spectrum of expertise and interests, from research scientists to consultants, government agency specialists to peatland site managers.

Managing water levels on wetlands


Monuments at Risk in England’s Wetlands

Final report for a research project into the changing nature of the archaeological resource in England’s wetlands 1950-2000. The project was commissioned by English Heritage, and undertaken by the Centre for Wetland Research, University of Exeter.

North West Wetlands Network

This project, funded by the Environment Agency, English Nature and the North West Regional Development Agency, has identified six potential networks across the region that could be developed over the next 10 years to bring greater benefits to wildlife and people in the North West. The final report (January 2006), maps and other documents are available on the Environment Agency website.

Ramsar Sites Information Service (RSIS)

A searchable Ramsar Sites Database, which holds information on the wetland types, ecology, land uses, threats, hydrological values of each site as well as spatial information.


Ramsar sites in the UK




Ramsar Wetland Data Gateway

The Gateway has been developed by CIESIN in collaboration with the Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International. It provides access to data on 1,198 Ramsar sites designated as of August 30, 2002.




Reserves Management - RSPB



RSPB introduction to wetlands


Sussex Habitat Action Plan - Reedbeds


Sustainable Wetland of the Year Award

The CIWEM Sustainable Wetland of the Year Award recognises multi-functional projects that demonstrate the sustainable use of wetland habitats. The award was previously named the Living Wetlands Award and was co-founded with the RSPB in 2002/3.


US EPA wetlands fact sheets

This website by the US Environmental Protection Agency provides a large amount of information and documents on the nature, importance and management of wetlands.


UK delivery of Ramsar

DEFRA’s explanation of how the UK is meeting its commitment to the Ramsar Convention.


UK Biodiversity Action Plan


The BAP describes the UK's biological resources and provides a detailed plan for the protection of these resources. It is made up of 391 Species Action Plans, 45 Habitat Action Plans and 162 Local Biodiversity Action Plans.



It has been succeeded by the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework’, published in July 2012

Habitat Action Plans


Local Biodiversity Action Plans


Water and Wetlands Policy - RSPB


Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Consulting

WWT consulting is a specialist wetland related environmental consultancy. 


Wetland Bird Survey

The WeBS is the scheme which monitors non-breeding waterbirds in the UK. It is jointly run by the British Trust for Ornithology, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, RSPB and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

Wetlands International


The wonder of wetlands

This is part of the WWF Freshwater Programme and contains information concerning the value of, and pressures on wetlands.

World Wetlands Day


Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust


Constructed treatment wetlands

A brief overview of wastewater treatment in constructed wetlands.


Wildlife Trusts, Water and Wetland

The aim of this website is to provide easy access to wetland information for wetland practitioners and others involved in the conservation of wetland habitats and species.


Wetland Vision

The Wetland Vision is a partnership project which describes how the partners would like England's wetland landscapes to be in 50-years time.


Websites for Projects and Organisations

Websites for School Activities


Website description and address

Ducks Unlimited

Provides a variety of resources on wetland education


Fenland case study

http://www.floodplains.org/pdf/area_case_studies/The Fens CASE STUDY.pdf

Somerset Levels and Moors case study


U.S. EPA Wetlands Education Website

The website has extensive links to activities, guides, education programs, teaching tools, etc.

Wetland Link International

WLI is an organisation established in 2003 which is coordinated by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT).  It aims to develop a global network of wetland education centres.



Resources for education and schools may be found here.


Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Education site


Wise Use of Floodplains

The Wise Use of Floodplains project was a partnership involving government departments, research organisations and non-government organisations (NGOs) in six areas within England, Ireland, Scotland and France. The project took place between 1999 and 2002 and was funded by the EU Life Programme. Five catchments were used as demonstration sites to develop and test a range of techniques from public participation through to the sustainability appraisals of floodplain management options. The Fens and Somerset Levels and Moors were demonstration sites within the project.


Reference Documents


Website description and address

Constructed farm wetlands - treating agricultural water pollution and enhancing biodiversity

Authors: Mackenzie, S.M. and McIlwraith, C.I.
Produced by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust with Natural England – May 2013


Constructed treatment wetlands

A brief overview of wastewater treatment in constructed wetlands.


Constructed wetlands for farm effluent

‘Constructed wetlands and their use to provide bioremediation of farm effluents in Northern Ireland – A review of current literature’ from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland


English Heritage’s Wetland Strategy


Freshwater wetlands in England: A Natural Areas Approach

English Nature has developed the use of biogeographical units known as Natural Areas to set priorities for nature conservation, in preference to the administrative boundaries typically adopted. Core profiles have been developed to describe the significant features, habitats and species associated with each Natural Area. This report summarises the information collected pertaining to the freshwater wetland resource, supplemented by information from the wetland SSSI database and other sources. The information is presented in a series of wetland profiles for each natural Area.  Research Report No 204. 1996, ISSN 0967-876X Available on-line, free.


River corridor and wetland restoration – United States Environment Protection Agency (USEPA)

Information and resources on wetland restoration from the USEPA, including ‘An introduction and user’s guide to wetland restoration and creation’ (2003)


Rivers, Floodplains and Wetlands

Review by the RSPB on the importance of floodplain connectivity and dynamics for riverine biodiversity, including information for definitions of ecological status for the Water Framework Directive June 2003, 64 pages.


The Economic Values of the Worlds Wetlands

The report, produced by the WWF, describes how wetlands are important to a wide range of activities on which many people rely for their livelihood. January 2004, 34 pages.


Wetlands, Land Use Change and Flood Management

A joint statement prepared by English Nature, the Environment Agency, DEFRA and the Forestry Commission on the links between wetlands, land use and flood management. The purpose of the paper is to explore the level of agreement and understanding of how these issues relate to each other and identify the opportunities that exist to work on them in an integrated way. October 2003, 23 pages.


Wetland Restoration Manual

This Wildlife Trusts publication provides practical advice for those wishing to undertake wetland restoration project. This is a substantial manual, offering practical and innovative advice on wetland restoration, creation and management.

The manual, published in 2005, can be obtained from the nhbs Environment Bookstore: (Currently out of print – reprint being considered)



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