Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

01453 891150http://www.wwt.org.uk

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Registered Charity No: 1030884 (England & Wales), SC039410 (Scotland).

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) was founded in 1946 at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire by naturalist and artist the late Sir Peter Scott. It is the only UK charity with a national network of specialist wetland visitor centres. It works to save wetlands and their wildlife by identifying and acting to counter the threats that affect their survival. It is also dedicated to enhancing people's lives through learning about and being close to nature, and to inspiring people to take action for wetland conservation.

Wetlands are essential for life on Earth. They store and clean our water, protect us from floods and storms, play an important role in the regulation of greenhouse gases by storing large amounts of carbon, and include some of the most productive and diverse living systems. Yet they remain highly threatened. Half the world's inland wetlands have been lost over the last century and with them their unique wildlife. Wetlands are being lost and degraded more rapidly than any other ecosystem.

Millions of people depend directly upon wetlands for their livelihood and many millions more enjoy wetlands as places to walk, relax and get closer to nature.

WWT's conservation work focuses on the most threatened species, identifying priorities for action. It works to conserve and enhance key wetland sites throughout the world. At its ten centres and reserves around the UK it manages and conserves major wildlife habitat and provides opportunities for over a million people a year to enjoy, engage with and learn about wetlands and their wildlife.

Contact - Lucy England.