Wetland wildlife gets boost from players of People's Postcode Lottery

Wetland wildlife is to benefit from new developments at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), thanks to the generous support of players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Players have awarded £175,000 to WWT. The cheque was presented to WWT Chief Executive Martin Spray CBE on 13th January.

The money will help the charity improve its wetland reserves and its wildfowl collections. It will also get more people up close and learning about nature during 2015.

Martin said, "WWT's ethos starts with the simple act of feeding a duck. That connection with nature is more special if you're feeding the world's rarest goose, saved from extinction by our experts. It's even more special when you're surrounded by some of the UK's top wildlife at one of our world class Wetland Centres, carefully designed and managed so wildlife will flourish.

"Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery will ensure that WWT goes from strength to strength this year, by making our Wetland Centres even better for wildlife and helping even more people make that special connection with nature."

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "I am delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support the great work carried out by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Support from players will ensure improvement in their reserves and ensure that even more people learn about wetland wildlife. This funding marks a great start to 2015 for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust."

This new support from players will be directed towards:

Additionally, thanks to the flexible nature of the players' financial support, all of WWT's nine Wetland Centres and its new Steart Marshes reserve in Somerset will benefit during the year.

Martin Spray continued, "We're incredibly grateful to players of People's Postcode Lottery for this opportunity, and we hope to welcome many of them to our Wetland Centres throughout 2015."

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