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The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Slimbridge, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Headquarters, is located in Gloucestershire off junctions 13 or 14 on the M5. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust founded in 1946 by the famous artist and naturalist Sir Peter Scott has 9 visitor centres throughout the country. Slimbridge is famous the world over for migrating waterbirds who come to spend the winter here. Visitors to the award winning visitor centre can enjoy the beauty of the landscape and get closer to the wetland birds seeing them in their natural habitat. There are several viewing hides throughout the centre overlooking these internationally protected wetlands. Conservation and biodiversity are the main programmes of the Trust.

There are already over 124,000 members of this charity giving financial support ensuring the future of the wetlands and their wildlife. Members receive copies of Wildfowl and Wetlands magazine exclusive only to members. Adopting a bird through the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust is another way of helping the centre save wetlands for wildlife and people. There are 5 adoption schemes with packages that include an Adoption certificate, factsheet, car sticker, adoption newsletters, colour photocard and special offers at centres.

Your support will not only help to restore habitats and undertake breeding programmes, manage and protect wetland bird reserves, but also fund essential research. The scientific journal Wildfowl is published by the WWT and there are links with many different scientific and conservation organisations worldwide. The Wetland Link International (WLI) programme, formed in 1990, is a network dedicated to help organisations all over the world develop new, and enhance existing, wetland education centres. It has a twice yearly newsletter and projects include training, centre development and broader education and public awareness programmes. The Education and Awareness Specialist Group of Wetlands International is also coordinated by the WWT.

Slimbridge is open every day except Christmas Day between 9.30am 5.00pm in the summer months and 9.30am 4.00pm between November and March. There is a programme of special events throughout the year. Family tickets, group bookings and educational bookings are available as well as different categories of WWT Membership and special concessions. Wheelchairs are available and there is excellent access throughout the wildlife centre. Hearing and Guide Dogs only are allowed. There is a restaurant and facilities for private hire at the centre.



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