Registered Charity Number 1030884 England and Wales, SC039410 Scotland
Supporting the work of WWT with udopt is easy. Choose one of their animals on the right hand side to help continue their important work. When udopt, you can expect to receive :
- A cuddly toy of your chosen animal.
- A factbook about your adopted species.
- A free visit to one of 9 WWT centres.
- A personalised certificate to proudly display.
- Receive Adoption News magazine twice a year.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a charity dedicated to the conservation of wetlands which are critical for life itself. The wetlands are people’s main source of drinking water and a way for humans to connect with nature through inspiring encounters with wildlife.
The WWT takes its expertise with wetlands all over the world and rescues endangered species that are on the brink of extinction. The organisation tries to find out what is threatening the wetlands which so many people and animals depend on. It also helps to protect and repair by actively creating new wetlands for both people and animals.
The WWT works with businesses, governments and communities to enable people to live more sustainably with wetlands so that people can benefit from the water, materials and food this type of area can provide when it’s well managed.
Why supporting WWT makes sense
- Wetlands are where land meets water, there’s more wildlife than almost anywhere on the planet.
- Wetlands supply our drinking water – and help to clean it before it goes into our rivers and reservoirs for drinking.
- They can use the filtered-out nutrients to produce a stunning array of wetland wildlife and beautiful inspiring landscapes.
- They can provide us with raw materials and food – more than half the world relies on wetland-grown rice for their staple diet.
- They can protect us from flooding by storing rainfall and buffering us from the sea.
- Most of our wetlands have been lost and the remaining ones are very vulnerable to damage.
WWT’S Big Moments
Every charitable organization has milestones and goals to shout about, and here are five of WWT’s most important.
- 1946: Peter Scott opens Slimbridge, the first of nine WWT Wetland Centres across the UK.
- 1962: The first Slimbridge-reared nene is released into the wild in Hawaii marking the start of the recovery of the world nene population, which had fallen to just 30. The world population is now over 2,000.
- 1985: WWT’s Martin Mere Wetland Centre is designated a Ramsar site for the international importance of the wildlife there.
- 2006: WWT opens a new eco-friendly £3.5 million visitor centre at Welney to bring communities across the East of England close to the thousands of migratory birds who share the Fens with them.
- 2013: A three-year project begins to help 60,000 UK schoolchildren connect with nature by providing schools in disadvantaged areas with free learning experiences at WWT Wetland Centres.