Players of People's Postcode Lottery helped a million people get closer to nature through a visit to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) in 2018. WWT is the UK's leading wetland conservation charity. The charity protects, creates and restores wetlands for the benefit of wildlife and people. By motivating everyone to value the benefits wetlands offer WWT inspires many people to take action for conservation.
To date, our players have raised £1.5 Million to help WWT's work. The funding helps WWT save more wetlands and their wildlife and enable us all to reap all the amazing benefits healthy, thriving wetlands offer people. In 2019 the funding will enable WWT to:
- Create new facilities that enable people to have fun and learn about wildlife when enjoying a day out at one of WWT's nine wetland Centres around the country. This will include building a new wildlife observatory suitable for all the family at WWT's Washington Centre, Tyne & Wear.
- Create and restore wetlands to provide more habitat such as reedbeds for wildlife. These wetlands will benefit endangered species like the eel and allow animals such as wading birds the best chance of breeding successfully.
- Provide improved homes for animals that live at WWT Centres such as otters and diving ducks. The new homes will also enable visitors to get great, close-up views of the animals and learn how different species are adapted to their habitat in particular ways.
- Research the evidence that supports campaigning for decision makers and landowners to better protect wetlands and their wildlife. By increasing the understanding of the behaviours of and threats to wetland species such as the graceful Bewick's swan, WWT will be able to influence decision makers to act for wildlife. With the Environment Bill set to go before Parliament in the spring, WWT is set to play a key role in helping government make the right decisions about protecting nature.
Gill Pipes is the Centre Manager at WWT Washington. She said, "We're an urban oasis here. Surrounded on three sides by large industrial units and on the fourth by the River Wear.
"Life can be tough these days. It goes at such a pace and people can become overstretched and overwhelmed. We need places like this to remind us to breathe. To just "be". For children to run around, explore, meet nature and learn how to interact with it.
"Seeing the impact our site has on people is the most rewarding part of this job. It's genuinely good for the soul."