Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Looking across to the main buildings and Sloane Observation Tower of the WWT Headquarters at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.
Statue of Sir Peter Scott at WWT London Wetland Centre
Sheltered Lagoon at the London Wetland Centre

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a national wildfowl and wetland conservation charity in the United Kingdom. Its patron is Queen Elizabeth II and its president is Prince Charles.[1]


The WWT was founded in 1946 by the ornithologist and artist Sir Peter Scott as the Severn Wildfowl Trust. The WWT was instrumental in saving the nēnē from the brink of extinction in the 1950s.

Nature reserves

The WWT has over 200,000 members and nine reserves with visitor centres. Together these cover over 20 km², and support over 150,000 birds. They receive over one million visitors per year. The reserves include seven SSSIs (site of Special Scientific Interest), five SPAs (Special Protection Areas) and five Ramsar sites.


WWT also operates a consultancy business called WWT Consulting that provides external clients with a comprehensive range of wetland services. These include: ecological survey and assessment; habitat design and management; visitor centre planning and design; and wetland treatment systems.


The Trust is a registered charity in England[2] and Scotland.[3] As of December 2012, the Trust's chief executive is Martin Spray.[4] In December 2012, he was appointed CBE.[4][5]

See also


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