UK and mainland Europe
Over the last few centuries the landscape of the UK and much of mainland Europe has altered dramatically. Much of the once wild landscape has been irreversibly altered as land-use changes associated with increased agriculture and urbanisation have spread throughout the region.
Fish Net aims to establish viable captive breeding populations for many of the critically endangered freshwater fishes. It also aims to develop in-country conservation management plans and raise the profile of these often neglected fish. Read more
iBats (The Indicator Bats Program) is a partnership between ZSL and The Bat Conservation Trust. Together we run a number of bat biodiversity monitoring projects to track global changes in biodiversity. iBats website Read more
ZSL London Zoo Habitat Conservation
ZSL is working to create a refuge for urban wildlife; encouraging birds, bats, insects and mammals in and around the Zoo by leaving log piles, building breeding boxes and feeding stations for the local species to flourish. Read more
The fungus Chytridiomycosis, deadly to amphibians is in the UK, and a nationwide survey is underway to establish facts about the fungus and prevent further population decline.
ZSL is running a variety of conservation projects in the Thames estuary. Our main projects include: European eel monitoring, fish monitoring, public marine mammal sightings and harbour seal conservation.
ZSL works on a number of projects to try and tackle threats to wild populations of birds. ZSL is also involved in The Garden Bird Health Initiative which promotes research and support improvements in prevention of diseases in garden birds. Read more
Insect populations have been declining steadily, including species of honey and bumblebees, butterflies, moths and ants. Factors thought to contribute include climate change, pollution and pesticides and disease. Read more
Site of Special Scientific Interest
The SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) of the White Lion Chalk Grassland at ZSL Whipsnade is rich in biodiversity and ZSL is managing the site to keep it that way.