IUCN status
Squatiniformes, stylommatophora and more

Restoring fish and invertebrate populations

From clouds of Monarch butterflies flying from the trees after their winter hibernation, or 50 million sardines synchronised together and moving as one, fish and invertebrate species are responsible for some of the most awe-inspiring moments on earth.

They can bring life to the most inhospitable places and support the ecosystems we all depend on. By protecting these species, like through helping to establish the world's largest Marine Protected area, the Chagos Archipelago, or restoring butterflies on the edge of extinction, we are supporting all life.

Fish and invertebrate conservation

    Two angel sharks on the ocean floor
    Under threat from fishing and habitat degradation

    Angel Shark Conservation

    We’re working at the cutting edge of conservation to protect angel sharks and create practical routes to their recovery.

    Spurdog shark in the Thames

    The Greater Thames Shark Project

    Working together with anglers to better understand the importance of the Thames estuary to these animals and to ensure their long-term survival in the wild.  

    Volunteers digging for invasive shellfish on the banks of the River Thames
    We're monitoring invasive non-native species in the Thames

    Thames Invasive Species

    We're monitoring invasive non-native species in the Thames to protect the wider ecosystem.

    Two people seen from behind walking along the shore of a beach in Mozambique
    Our Sea Our Life - Tackling unsustainable fishing practices

    Our Sea Our Life - Tackling unsustainable fishing practices

    Working with communities to establish more sustainable fishing practices.

    Partula affinis checked over at ZSL London Zoo by Dave Clarke, snail is sitting on his finger
    Restoring Polynesian history

    Partula snail conservation

    We saved the remaining Polynesian snails before they could be wiped out forever, and we have been breeding them ever since to restore their precious ecosystem and place in history. 

    european eel closeup of face
    The species are now classified as ‘Critically Endangered’

    European eel conservation

    European eels once thrived in London’s rivers but the number of young joining the adult populations has dropped dramatically since the 1980s.

    chagos reef
    Investigating complex marine ecosystems

    Indian Ocean Marine Science

    Working to protect the coral reefs in one of the most exploited oceans on the planet.

    Basking shark in UK waters
    Among world’s largest research datasets on strandings

    UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP)

    We're investigating the strandings of all basking sharks on UK coastlines, as well as cetaceans and marine turtles.

    Chris examining star fish
    Developing sustainable fishing

    Benthic Habitats of West Greenland

    Understanding the impact of trawling to protect the future of this precious ecosystem for people and wildlife.

    Chequered Skipper butterfly on a leaf
    A previously extinct species in England

    Bringing back the Chequered skipper butterfly to English woodlands

    Post-release monitoring of the conservation work has provided evidence that the newly established populations are thriving once again in English woodlands.