Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Wetlands are home to more types of wildlife than almost any other habitat, including animals as diverse as birds, mammals, insects and amphibians. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) has nine Wetland Centres, which welcome nearly a million visitors a year.
WWT allow visitors to enjoy getting close to wildlife and learn about conservation whilst having fun in a safe and fully accessible environment. Experiences like pond dipping, bug hunting, walks and talks help connect people with the natural world. This connection forms a cornerstone of WWT's work, which is inspired by founder Sir Peter Scott (son of Scott of the Antarctic).
Support from players will also enable WWT to continue with its pioneering projects to save wetlands for wildlife and the people that depend on them. WWT will improve its wetland reserves and its collections of wildfowl, which includes animals from around the world. WWT also hopes to get more people up close and learning about nature. In 2015, this will include:
- Helping people learn about the extinction of UK wildlife by getting WWT's visitors up close to two of the UK's most unusual and endangered wetland creatures. One of these is the white-clawed crayfish, the UK's only native crayfish. Half of these precious creatures have disappeared from our rivers and streams since the 1970s.
- Helping children learn about nature through doing what they love – playing! WWT's Explore area will get a facelift to get more of WWT's young visitors thinking about how they interact with the natural world.
- Helping school children spend more time learning outdoors through a new school mentoring scheme. WWT's learning experts will work with teachers to develop the best standards of outdoor learning, developed over decades of school visits.
Martin Spray, Chief Executive of WWT 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."