UK & Europe

Skellig Michael Puffins

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.

However, despite these changes there remains a great deal of biodiversity in the region, and there is a great need to conserve this highly important wildlife.

Conserving the habitats and species of the region requires some novel approaches to some unique conservation challenges.

ZSL’s work in the UK and Mainland Europe includes the implementation of biodiversity action plans through habitat creation and management, disease-surveillance, Species Recovery Plans, which include conservation breeding and reintroduction, and ‘Citizen Science’ in the which the general public play a key role in providing information for, and remedies to, some of the threats to the native species of the region.

Smelt Citizen Scientists

Find out more about ZSL's conservation work in the Thames.

Washed up plastic bottle

#OneLess - the campaign to make London free of single-use plastic water...

angel shark on sand

ZSL is working with partners to protect three Critically Endangered species...

Skellig Michael Puffins

ZSL works to protect iconic and threatened bird species.

Turkish killifish (Aphanius transgrediens)

Fish Net is trying to save fish species on the brink of extinction.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo downs SSI White Lion overlooking Bedfordshire

Surveying bats, hedgehogs, swifts and sparrows are amongst the conservation...

Fen raft spider

ZSL is working to protect some of the UK’s most endangered insects and...

Photo of an Atlantic sturgeon underwater, just above the riverbed.

In 2019, ZSL co-initiated UK Sturgeon Working Group, bringing together...